This is the kickoff speech I gave at the HALT event today at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton.
Good afternoon. Today I’m not going to speak about our rights, or about all of our many emotional impacts and trials of this proposed project on every one involved, or even draw conclusions. What I’m going to do is hit you all with some numbers and some simple words, and let you decide what it all means.
5 – the number of PennEast owners left. PSEG is gone. Now there are just the owners of New Jersey Natural Gas, South Jersey Gas, eTown Gas, UGI, and Spectra Energy.
1.1 billion cubic feet – Amount of natural gas PennEast will carry per day.
2.1 billion cubic feet- Amount of natural gas the entire state of NJ uses in a day
53% – amount of massive over capacity PennEast represents for the State
Displace – what PennEast owners say PennEast gas will do. Not “add to existing supply” – displace existing supplies we already have.
Boom and Bust – What happens when you let industry run unchecked.
ON WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS?
62% – amount of self dealing contracts where PennEast is buying gas from itself
12% – PennEast’s guaranteed rate of return on PennEast investment
10% – PennEast would represent 10% of South Jersey Industries’ Total Income if built
5-10% – Projected Net Financial Earnings of PennEast to New Jersey Resources.
“FERC-Level” Returns – NJR Quote on why they want to build PennEast
All of us – who will pay for it all
Go Up – what our natural gas and electrical rates will do if PennEast is approved
250 – Total number of local construction Jobs PennEast will bring to NJ
7 – total number of weeks those people will be working.
10 – Total number of permanent NJ jobs
To reiterate – 250 construction jobs for 7 weeks only. 10 or less permanent jobs after.
ON SURVEYS AND KNOWLEDGE
70% – The percentage of impacted landowners in NJ who have refused survey access
100% – Percentage of hold outs who we believe will fight all the way to eminent domain
0 – the number of wells FERC and PennEast still think are within 150’ of any PennEast construction. Even as of the Final EIS that dropped yesterday, they still have no clue about any of our wells or septic systems.
2 1/2 – 2 1/2 years is the number of years FERC and PennEast still don’t know about our wells and septic systems!
Nearly 0 – The amount of environmental damage FERC believes PennEast will cause
0 – FERC’s and PennEast’s apparent actual knowledge of our region
1 inch – what NJ regulations would require for PennEast pipeline’s thickness for safety
1/2 inch – The actual thickness PE will use under lax federal regulations
44% – how much safer NJ regulations are than Federal regulations PE will follow
44% – How much less federal regulations value rural lives
1,480. PennEast pressure on each and every square inch of the pipeline.
81’ – distance of construction to my neighbor on Hewitt Road
10′ – distance of construction from house on Old 518 West in West Amwell
450 – the number of homes and structures within 50’ of the pipeline construction.
11,574 cubic feet/second – equivalent of 1 billion cubic feet/day
90 – Equivalent gallons of gasoline burning per second if PennEast were breached
980′ – the Federal “Potential Impact Radius” or “blast zone” or “incineration zone”
100% – Percentage of structures and homes that would be utterly destroyed within 50’ of a pipeline breach.
2 – the number of children we adopted last year
167′ – the distance from the pipeline to my 5 year old daughter’s bedroom
177’ – distance from the pipeline to my 8 year old son’s bedroom
Thousands – number of homes like ours within the 980’ “Potential Impact Radius”
THOSE ARE THE FACTS OF WHO PennEast is,
THEY ARE NOT IN DISPUTE.
THIS IS WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT THEY WILL DO
I LEAVE IT TO YOU ALL TO YOU DECIDE if this is right for our region.
IS THIS RIGHT FOR US?