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Environmentalists Intervene to Oppose Pipeline Expansion Project
Date : Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:35:53 -0400
For Immediate Release
October 22, 2013
Contact: Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club, 609-558-9100
Lauren Petrie, Food and Water Watch, 732-993-8966
Doug O'Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey, 917-449-6812
Environmentalists Oppose Pipeline Expansion Project
Groups File for Intervener Status before FERC
Today environmental groups called on the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) to deny approvals for the Transcontinental Gas
Pipeline Company's (Transco) Leidy Southeast Expansion Project, which
would cut across environmentally sensitive areas, important streams and
forests, and critical habitat to carry gas produced through the
dangerous technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
"There is no need for this pipeline.The purpose is to promote fracking
and the burning of fossil fuels that impact clean water and promote
climate change. This pipeline is going to go through environmentally
sensitive areas creating an ugly scar, adding to pollution, and putting
people at risk. Just ask the people of Bellingham Washington,
Burlingame, California and Edison, NJ. This line not only threatens the
neighborhoods it passes through but threatens our environment," said
Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club.
Transco is applying for a certificate of public convenience and
necessity from FERC.Transco filed their application with FERC at the end
of September and the agency has given the public until October 31st to
submit comments on the Notice of Application and file for intervener
status.By intervening, individuals and groups can challenge the FERC
"New Jersey is under imminent threat from fracking's harsh side effects:
pipelines, toxic waste, and air and water pollution. The Leidy South
East Pipeline would only compound this misery for local families. The
pipeline expansion project offers no benefits to the community while
jeopardizing the health and safety of residents through accidents, lack
of regulation and oversight, and unexpected incidents due to extreme
weather events," said Lauren Petrie, organizer, Food and Water Watch.
Numerous resources that would be negatively affected by the project from
the Princeton Ridge to local air quality to climate change impacts.As
part of the approval process an Environmental Assessment is being
prepared by FERC to determine what environmental impacts and viable
alternatives. Environmental groups are requesting a more through
environmental study, an Environmental Impact Statement, be prepared.Due
to the sensitive nature of the Princeton Ridge region and the numerous
waterbodies the companies is proposing to cross with open cuts,
environmental groups are urging FERC to prepare a full EIS for the project.
"A full Environmental Impact Statement is needed on this project due to
the significant impacts the pipeline expansion will have on potential
threatened and endangered species habitat, loss of forest cover and
wetlands, threats to our public open spaces, intensifying and expanding
the use of fracking in the Marcellus Shale and intensifying climate
change," said Kate Millsaps, Conservation Program Coordinator, NJ
The groups are also urging FERC to include the environmental impacts
resulting from fracking as a cumulative impact of the project as the
pipeline is being built to serve Marcellus Shale gas fields.The FERC
must also look at the potential impacts of exporting gas overseas as
this pipeline will expand capacity to the southern United States where
there are a number of proposals to expand export capacity. The project
will provide expanded capacity, allowing more drilling to move forward
in the region and the consequences of that expansion should be examined
as part of the review.
The Leidy Southeast Expansion project would install over 12 miles of 42
inch pipeline in New Jersey.The Skillman Loop would run 6.36 miles
through Princeton and Montgomery Townships. The Pleasant Run Loop would
run 6.85 miles in Branchburg, Readington, and Clinton Townships.The
Pennsylvania portions of the project are in Luzerne and Monroe counties.
Princeton Township Council passed a resolution stating they will also
file for intervener status.Readington Township and Montgomery Township
Municipal Councils have passed resolutions expressing concerns over the
impacts of the project and requesting more information.
Transco is in the process of putting into service 28 miles of new
pipeline in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as part of the Northeast Supply
Link project. That project also involves expanding the capacity of an
existing pipeline in New Jersey, as well as construction of a new 25,000
horsepower compressor station next to the Essex County Environmental
Center. FERC is also considering an application for Transco's Northeast
Connector Project, which includes proposed upgrades of two compressor
stations of at least 5,000 horsepower each in Mercer and Middlesex
Counties. As part of the Leidy Southeast Expansion Project, Transco is
requesting approval for an additional 1,000 horsepower upgrade of the
same Mercer County station in Lawrence Township, Station 205.
"This fracking gas pipeline will tear a scar across Central Jersey's environment & will double down on dirty fracked gas,"said Doug
O'Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. "FERC shouldn't rubber stamp this pipeline - this is an incomplete application
that plays down the likely environmental damage."
On 10222013, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:
Filer: Food and Water Watch
Lead Applicant: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC
Filing Type: Motion/Notice of Intervention
Description: Motion to Intervene of Food and Water Watch, et. al. under CP13-551.
To view the document for this Filing, click here
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