PennEast gives us some numbers – and they’re not good

PennEast has been doing a number of filings recently to the FERC eLibrary site. Lots of detail that people have complained is missing is finally out there.

Unfortunately, little of it seems to contain good news. Here’s one example here:

http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=13847929

The document is too big to analyze in a single post, but it has some depressing numbers we can highlight for a start.

Table 8.3-1 shows “Existing residences and buildings within 50 feet of the Construction Workplace”. It goes onto list 160 buildings that are within 50 feet of the construction area.

160 BUILDINGS!

Many of these are residences. 70 houses are listed, which makes up 43% of the list. My house and many others aren’t listed because we’re “only” 200′ or so from the construction zone. Try to to imagine how much bigger that 200′ proximity list would be….

Some are businesses. “Casinos stables”, “Auto dealership”, The “All About Fun” part equipment store. I somehow imagine that All About Fun won’t be as fun with heavy earth movers trundling around 50′ from them.

Not surprisingly the lost of income to these businesses was not included in the Drexel University study PennEast commissioned that showed so much money flowing into the region thanks to them.

Table 8.4-1 lists federal, state, county, municipal, and private conservation lands crossed by the pipeline. There are 44 of them.

Table 8.4-2 shows private conservation easements violated by the pipeline. 61 lands that were believed to have been permanently preserved forever will have a 100 foot to 125 foot wide swath cut through them, and an 8′ deep ditch dug into them, and a 3′ wide high pressure pipeline welded and placed there.

Table 8.2-6 lists the “additional temporary work space” areas required by the project. These are on top of the existing pipeline right of way and 100′ to 125′ construction easement.

There are 49 pages of temporary work spaces listed. Not 49 sites – 49 pages of sites. Call it roughly 585 individual temporary sites.

Table 3.5-1 lists species along the route that one or more organizations have indicated require special treatment, are of concern, or which are outright endangered. There are 52 individual species listed.

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Mike Spille

I'm a thinker, an analyzer, a synthesizer. Maybe not in that order. I live in West Amwell NJ with my wife Kristina, our two kids Day and Z, our two dogs Fern and Cinna, and two cats Ponce de Leon and Xavier.

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