PennEast NJDEP Application Highlights

On August 8, 2019 PennEast dropped its application to the NJDEP for the CWA and other permits.  As part of the process, PennEast sent hard copy of the application to every municipality along the route.  Good news – West Amwell Clerk received it.

Bad news – we only have hard copies right now.  A huge set of binders that spanned 6 boxes, plus 6 more boxes of maps.  And no real indexing.

Until/unless we get an electronic copy, I’ve started scanning critical portions of the application.  The first batch is below, from Volume I of the hard copy application.  Note that not all sections are complete, this is only the information that looked most relevant to me.

Link: PE NJDEP Application Summary and Introduction

Link: Attachment B – DLUR Application Form and Associated Attachments (Partial only)

Link: Attachment D – Application Fee Calculation and Copy of Application Fee

Link: Attachment I1 – Project Figures – Tax Maps

Link: Attachment I-4: Soil Maps

Link: Attachment I5: Wetland Maps

Link: Attachment L: National Park Service Consultation

Link: Attachment T – Previous Approvals

More to come when I have time.  The summary (first link) includes the Table of Contents of the whole submission.  If there’s something you’d like me to scan as a priority, let me know and I’ll put you in my queue 🙂

 

 

My Request for Stay on PennEast

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While others are pursuing Stays and Rehearing requests on the grounds of NEPA and environmental damage, I’m sticking with the eminent domain aspect of it, and the 198 land parcels and their owners being brought to eminent domain court.  Today I filed my Request for Stay on that basis:

MichaelSpillePennEastRequestForStay

It won’t show up until tomorrow as FERC has the day off for President’s Day.

I’m sure this will get Tolled to death along with the 18 Request for Rehearings and several request for stays out there, but I want to keep the condemnation issue front and center on the FERC commissioner’s mind.  It turns out the Grinch had a heart in there somewhere, perhaps one of the concurring FERC  Commissioners have one too.

 

The Cost of Eminent Domain Part III

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As of yesterday PennEast continued to file against landowners in NJ.  Here is the latest spreadsheet.

There are now 147 parcels in NJ and 50 in PA that are having condemnation proceedings brought against them.  We are up to 190 acres of permanent ROW they want to forcibly take from landowners, and an additional 339 acres that will be destroyed during construction.

PE Condemnation Parcelsv3 (Excel format)

PE Condemnation Parcelsv3 (PDF Format)

In addition, Debbie Kratzer has updated her map with the latest data from above to show where all of the condemnation suits are happening in NJ (we don’t have the GIS data for PA available at this time).  This is really an enormous powerful visual to show how wide spread resistance to PennEast is, and the true eminent domain impact on our region.

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The Cost of Eminent Domain Part II – Numbers keep going up

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PennEast continued to file condemnation suits today against homeowners and land parcels.  We have a breakdown now of what it looks like in terms of number of parcels, permanent Right-of-Way acreage being taken, temporary right of ways that will be destroyed during construction, and various percentages of the total broken down by State, County, and Township.

That’s right – 184 parcels being condemned.  176 acres taken for the permanent Right-of-Way for the pipeline.  327 acres to be destroyed during construction.  Several small country towns in Western NJ are losing over 25 acres a piece to the right of way, and acreage to be destroyed during construction ranges from 34 acres to 116 acres in those same towns.

This can only be described as horrifying.  And PennEast will is not done yet, we know more are to come.

Below is the revised spreadsheet, data has been significantly cleaned up and the latest filings from today have been included.

PEEminentDomainParcels2 (Excel Spreadsheet)

PEEminentDomainParcels2 (PDF)

 

The Cost of Eminent Domain

As many of you know, this week PennEast started filing condemnation cases against land owners who have refused to give PennEast survey access or sell them permanent easements.

I’ve put a list of parcels and landowners together, available at the links below.  One is Excel, the other is in PDF format for those who don’t have Excel.

PEEminentDomainParcels (Excel Spreadsheet)

PEEminentDomainParcels (PDF)

Please note this is NOT the final list, the courts have been slowly getting these filed.  Here are some stats that should horrify nearly anyone who lives in this region, or who cares about property rights:

  1. So far there are 171 impacted property parcels
  2. Over 130 families and conservation agencies
  3. 160.104 acres will be permanently seized for PennEast
  4. 303.44 acres will be destroyed for construction purposes
  5. There are 115 parcels in NJ, and 56 parcels in PA impacted

Some notes on the Spreadsheet:

  1. Data was compiled from pacer.gov with some hand data-entry.  So there may be some mistakes, gaps, or dupes
  2. Columns C-H are hidden, those are additional owners/lien owners being sued
  3. The block and lot info and a link to NJParcels.com is provided for NJ based on the tax parcel ID.  I’m not sure how this translates for PA properties.  NJParcels shows a map (usually) and address info on where the property is
  4. I haven’t listed mortgage information or power line easements
  5. Some of these properties with conservation easements may have signed agreement with PennEast, but were forced to go to eminent domain by agencies such as the NJ SADC.
  6. Some condemnation suits have multiple parcels, those have been split out into individual rows (so there are more parcels here than lawsuits in pacer.gov)

Debbie Kratzer has gone and above and beyond and took this raw data and turned it into a map to show where all the eminent domain hold outs – our heroes! – are located along the route.  See below:

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As you can see, opposition to PennEast does not exist in pockets, but instead is actually spread out along the entire route!

As more condemnation suits come in we’ll be updating the spreadsheet and the map graphic.