Photographing the pipeline route, Part 13: The last part of the New Jersey Route

The last part of the pipeline route has us traveling in a westerly direction towards the Delaware River. It’s some of the hilliest country yet with some very narrow roads, scenic views, and lots of exposed bedrock. My helper Fern has a stoic look about her; I think she knows she’s in for a long ride in the jeep today.

We drove along 519 in the Northern part of Millford, and again as in so many places you could see the bones of the mountains peeking through the soil and coming ride up to the side of the road.

Navigation has been a challenge, even with GPS, because many of the roads and road signs are like this:

Many times you don’t know you missed your turn until you see your little red dot zooming past it.

Shot 218 – Crabapple Hill Road
Our first destination was Crapapple Hill Road, a very narrow windy little bit of a road with some spectacular views of the mountains across the Delaware. This is the country the pipeline is going through!

Shot 220 – Crapapple Hill road looking East
A view of the east at the pipeline route on Crabapple Hill Road. Yet another very steep slope and a virgin cut through the forest. More segregation of wild life, more erosion, more damage to the ecology:

Shot 221 – Crabapple Hill Road looking south
Looking south along the road.

Shot 222 – Crabapple Hill Road Hill head on
Looking head on on the hill to the east, with the jeep in view. This shot shows you just how steep this hill really is.

Shot 226 – Crabapple Hill Road to the west
Looking west along the pipeline route. More forest, more hills.

Shot 229 – Phillips Road looking West
We move on to Phillips Road at the site of a farm. The pipeline will be crossing the farm and a small stream here.

Shot 230 – Phillips Road looking south west
A shot of the farm.

Shot 231 – Phillips Road looking East
The view to the east along the pipeline route.

Shot 232 – Church Road to the east
Next up is Church Road, a fairly major road for the area.

Shot 233 – Church Road posted
A posted sign on Church Road along the route.

Shot 235 – Church Road to the west
Looking to the west on some kind of access road for a farm or residence.

Shot 236 – Church road to the west alternate angle
The pipeline route seems to be somewhere between the gate to the right and house on the left.

Shot 238 Riegelsville Millford Road
Over on Riegelsville Millford Road we have someone who’s very into hunting and outdoor art. Believe it or not this display seems to be right in the survey corridor.

Shot 239 – Riegelsville Millford Road wide angle
A wide angle shot. There’s more on the right!

Shot 241 – Riegelsville Millford Road more animal art!
More animal art to see here.

Shot 242 – Riegelsville Millford Road to the west
To the west we have the Georgia Pacific plant. I imagine they’re going to route around this?

Shot 244 – Riegelsville Millford Road Animal Closeup
A closeup of the other animals – turkeys and bears, oh my!

Shot 245 – Riegelsville Millford Road Bear closeup
Closeup on the bears.

Shot 246 – Old River Road
Old River Road is, as you may expect, a road that runs along the Delaware River. This is a shot to the east of a stone house in the survey corridor.

Shot 250 – Old River Road river shot
A shot of the river and the trees on the PA side.

Shot 251 – Old River Road looking North
Looking north along old river road towards the pipeline crossing point. There are many stately homes along the river which must be worth a pretty penny for the views.

Shot 252 – Closeup of PA side
A closeup of the PA side from Old River Road. They’re going to lose a lot of these trees to pipeline construction.

Shot 253 – Hoots
Our last view of NJ was “Hoots”, a tavern right where the bridge crosses to the Delaware.

Photographing the pipeline route, Part 12: Frenchtown NJ to Milford NJ

The rest of the route is completely outside of areas I’ve visited before so it was all totally new to me. ┬áThe pipeline route continued along very hilly and steep terrain and still crosses a number of water ways. ┬áThe dogs were along the ride and thought daddy was insane, jumping out of the jeep every 5 minutes to point his funny little box around at everything.

Shot 181 – Everittstown Road looking East
The pipeline route through this whole area is through virgin land instead of following a power line easement. Here on Everittstown Road we see the pipeline route going through yet another farm.

Shot 182 – Everittstown Road looking east alternate angle
An alternate angle looking east.

Shot 183 – Everittstown Road looking West
Looking west along the route, it’s basically going within 100′ or so someone’s house, here we see their large front lawn.

Shot 184 – Everittstown Road posted sign
A “Posted” sign along the route, looking to the east.

Shot 185 – Everittstown Road Fox Ridge Farm
An NJ Preserved farm on the road. This is a few thousand feet from the route.

Shot 187 – Stamets Road Woodrose Acres
Looking to the North West we see Woodrose Acres. It’s a nice little house perched above a small stream the pipeline will be going through.

Shot 187 – Stames Road Gully to North
A view of the gully where the stream runs through.

Shot 188 – Stamets road looking to the south
Looking to the south we see the pipeline will be going down a small hill. From there it crosses the road and then down into the stream gully.

What you can’t see in this shot but can see in a map is that the pipe is cutting right through the middle of a farmer’s field shown in this map:

Shot 189 – Stamets Road Closeup of stream to the north
Closeup on the stream.

Shot 191 – York Road to the west
York Road is a little windy road that goes up the side of a fairly large hill. Here we the pipeline route looking to the West. In this whole area the pipeline changes direction a lot as it is more or less paralleling the Delaware River around here.

Shot 192 – York Road to the East
Looking to the East you can see a hella-steep hill the pipeline is going to through. All those trees will be gone and the houses in this area are going to be dealing with some serious erosion issues.

Shot 193 – York Road straight up hill
Looking straight on on the hill. My wife’s jeep that we took for this ride is just in the shot to the right.

Shot 194 – York Road another shot of the hill.
Another angle on the steep hill. If you look closely at the image you might notice some patches of very light and bright green. That’s moss growing on exposed diabase bedrock. You know what that means when they have to dig the pipeline down to 8 feet – more blasting.

Shot 195 – York Road wide angle to the west
Another shot to the west this time. As you can see after it comes down a steep hill and crosses the road, the pipeline route goes right back up another hill on the other side.

Shot 196 – Milford Warren Glen Road sign
The folks on Milford Warren Glen Road aren’t into the pipeline either.

Shot 197 – Milford Warren Glen Road to the east
Looking to the East on Milford Warren Glen road at a heart-breakingly beautiful farm that the pipeline will be going through.

Shot 198 – Milford Warren Glen Road to the North
A shot to the north.

Shot 199 – Milford Warren Glen Road alternate angle
An alternate angle on the farm land.

Shot 200 – Spring Garden Road Glynmoire Kennels
A kennel is sited next to the pipeline route on Spring Garden Road.

Shot 201 – Spring Garden Road to the South West
A shot to the South West of wilderness.

Shot 202 – Spring Garden Road to the south
A house and more wilderness to the north along the route.

Shot 203 – Spring Garden Road Pond
A pond next to the kennels.

Shot 204 – Spring Garden Road Naturals Land Trust sign
Well you just knew the pipeline would be going through more preserved land, didn’t you?

Shot 205 – Spring Garden Road alternate view
Alternate shot of the pond.

Shot 206 – Spring Garden Road Kennel and pond
Shot of the kennel and the pond.

Shot 207 – Spring Garden Road Old tree to the SouthWest
Yes this is along the route too.

Shot 208 – River Road Diabase cliffs
This isn’t along the route but is close to it. I included these shots to show exactly what PennEast is going to be dealing with. This is really, really hard bedrock and the drilling and blasting are going to be intense to get through this.

Shot 210 – River Road Dibase cliffs further down
Another shot further down the road.