My Speech at the HALT “No certification without Justification” event today

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


ON JOBS

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


ON SAFETY

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?

Video discussion of PennEast Timelines

I put together a small slide deck showing the PennEast regulatory timelines for the HALT meeting this month at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton.  At the Mill I walked the attendees through the various high (and low) points of it.  I’ve recorded a video of the animated deck and tried to recreate the walkthrough as narrative on top of it, that video is available below.

 

3D Flyover Video of PennEast Pipeline Route near Indian Lake, PA MP 21 to 13

This is part 20 of the 3D flyover video series of the PennEast routes – the final part!  In this installment, we look at the route near Indian Lake, PA from mile posts 21 to 13.

As always, the 400′ survey corridor is in smokey gray, the pipeline 50′ permanent easement line is in red, and the light blue areas are temporary construction zones. There is also a 100′ construction right of way not shown here.

I have also begun organizing these videos, they are all available under the “3D Flyover Videos” top navigation area.
 
Almost all of this part of the route is paralleling an existing cut through state game lands.  As with other “colocation” situations with PennEast, they are NOT within the existing right of way, but instead will be more than doubling the existing cut and expanding the right of way tremendously.

3D Fly0ver videos near Lake Harmony, PA MP 30 to MP 23

This is part 19 of the 3D flyover video series of the PennEast routes. In this installment, we look at the route near Lake Harmony, PA from mile posts 30 to 23.

As always, the 400′ survey corridor is in smokey gray, the pipeline 50′ permanent easement line is in red, and the light blue areas are temporary construction zones. There is also a 100′ construction right of way not shown here.

I have also begun organizing these videos, they are all available under the “3D Flyover Videos” top navigation area.
This whole section of the route, and extending north into the next areas all run through parks and state game lands.  You can see the reality from an overview shot from 40,800 feet here:
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This shows PennEast’s true nature.  Dirt cheap land acquisition costs coupled with enormous environmental impacts.

3D Flyover Video of PennEast Pipeline Route in Carbon County, PA MP 40 to 30

This is part 18 of the 3D flyover video series of the PennEast routes. In this installment, we look at the route in Carbon County between milepost 40 and 30.

As always, the 400′ survey corridor is in smokey gray, the pipeline 50′ permanent easement line is in red, and the light blue areas are temporary construction zones. There is also a 100′ construction right of way not shown here.

I have also begun organizing these videos, they are all available under the “3D Flyover Videos” top navigation area.
 
In this area, PennEast claims once again they are “colocated” in an existing utility corridor, and hence they are limiting impact.  We have a great example of that here.
For several miles, PennEast is co-located with what they call an “existing pipeline”.  Here’s what that existing impact looks like:
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That little trail there is the “co-location”.  Google Earth says the cut is about 6 feet wide (the little yellow line across the trail).  Yes, six feet.
Now here is the same spot with the PennEast plans overlaid.

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Here we see the same little 6 foot trail.  Then an extra 10′ temporary construction zone.  Then 50′ permanent right of way, and 50′ more on the right of that.
So our little 6′ cut becomes a 116′ cut.  That’s co-location for ya.
Are we maybe off our rockers?  Did PennEast maybe do the right thing and actually not include this area in its co-location tables?
Ha, of course they did!
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Here is PennEast’s submission to the Delaware River Basin Commission on co-location.  The area we’re highlighting is the 7.3 mile stretch highlighted in the table above.
When someone tell’s you PennEast is all-good because “it’s co-located with existing utility rights of way”, show ’em this post and many of the other fly over video posts.  Because in reality, it just ain’t so.

3D Flyover of PennEast Pipeline Route in Vicinity of Beltzville Lake in PA MP 49 to 40

This is part 17 of the 3D flyover video series of the PennEast routes. In this installment, we look at the route in the area of Beltzville Lake between mileposts 49 and 40.

As always, the 400′ survey corridor is in smokey gray, the pipeline 50′ permanent easement line is in red, and the light blue areas are temporary construction zones. There is also a 100′ construction right of way not shown here.

I have also begun organizing these videos, they are all available under the “3D Flyover Videos” top navigation area.
Starting at 0:30 in the video and for a large portion of this part of the route, we see extensive traversals of the pipeline up and down steep slopes.  Most of it not co-located at all.  So we have a very unfortunate roller coaster ride through some of the prettiest wooded and agricultural land in PA.
At 2:40 we enter the Beltzville Lake area.  PennEast is proposing another whopping 6,000′ long Horizontal Direction Drilling (HDD) attempt across both prongs of the lake formed by Wild Creek and Pohopoco Creek.  This is a massive drinking water reservoir system as well as recreational lake.  Here is a side view of the proposal there:

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And here is the HDD plans top-view:
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And the HDD plan vertical profile view (that shows how deep it goes).
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 The HDD looks great, so long as it works.  As with the other sites in the area, if it does not work, PennEast will simply ask for a variance from PADEP to open-trench this area as well.  Given the dearth of survey data it generally has available, nobody knows if the HDD is actually a viable option here or not.