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 🙂
New Route changes to the PE map made in early February, 2019. The changes are only in PA.
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:
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.
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.
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)