NOTE: There are many links from this site to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission web site (ferc.gov). Unfortunately ferc.gov is fairly unreliable and is down many nights and weekends. FERC also provides a “backup” library site, and it seems only one or the other will be up at any given time. As such I’ve provided links to both sites in the blog posts. If you get “Host not found” or similar error try the alternate link.
This is a blog about the PennEast Pipeline that is proposed to run through eastern PA and western NJ. This is a 3 foot wide monster which is projected to send 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas PER DAY under high pressure from the Marcellus shale regions in Pennsylvania to a terminus near Trenton, NJ.
I’m a resident of West Amwell, NJ, and the current likely route of the pipeline is projected to be within a few hundred feet of my property – literally across the street.
You can see the current proposed route here in google maps:
Note that the purple lines are showing a 400′ wide “survey corridor”, the actual pipeline easement could be anywhere within that 400′. During construction that corridor will shrink to around 100′, and the final easement will be 50′ wide.
In any case my purpose here is not to talk about me, but to highlight the stories of many people who are opposing this pipeline, and to show the human cost this project is going to have at people in the region. To that aim I’ve been scouring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s web site dedicated to comments on this project. FERC has the ultimate jurisdiction in deciding whether or not PennEast can build this pipeline, and part of their process is allowing for public comments from any interested party.
I’ll be highlighting the comments I found most memorable, particularly ones that tell what this pipeline is going to do to people’s families, their properties, their lives, and in many cases their legacies. I’ll also pass along any information that might help other gauge how this pipeline is going to impact them.
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