Today, a group of 12 conservation groups and grass roots community organizations posted a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission. In the letter, we thanked the DRBC for indicating that they would review reservoir and recreational area impacts from the recently proposed 2-phase PennEast project on FERC docket CP20-47-000, but indicated that that wasn’t enough.
According to the DRBC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, “natural gas transmission lines and appurtenances will be deemed not to have a substantial effect on the water resources of the Basin unless such lines would involve significant disturbance of ground cover affecting water resources“.
We think this 115 mile long greenfield pipeline, contained almost entirely within the Delaware River Basin, would pose a “significant disturbance of ground cover affecting water resources”. In fact, we think this is the understatement of the year! To underscore this, we included an Appendix that visually catalogued some of the most distressing aspects of PennEast’s route that pose a threat to vital water resources in the region.
Please join us and write to the DRBC Executive Director and demand that the DRBC undertake a full review of the entire lengths of both Phase 1 as well as Phase 2 of this project. His name is Steve Tambini, and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to our the letter:
Link to Appendix A: