The County of Carbon has passed a resolution
in opposition to the PennEast/UGI pipeline,
and has registered as an intervener.
The Carbon County
Planning and Development Office
has raised concerns about
PennEast's permit application
and sent a letter to PADEP
All three Carbon County Commissioners
have publicly expressed their concerns about
PennEast's permit application
and the pipeline's negative impact
on the county
All Carbon County Townships
targeted by the PennEast/UGI pipeline
have registered as interveners
and have passed resolutions
in opposition to the pipeline.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Carbon County Environmental Education Center
have registered as interveners.
The Carbon County Environmental Education Center
The Wildlife Information Center in Slatington
have refused to accept $5000 grants from PennEast.
Carbon County Residents
are protesting, attending events,
and speaking out against the pipeline,
writing letters to the editor and elected officials,
refusing easement offers,
and learning all they can to
Read Attorney Peter Carfley's Advice
Concerning PennEast's Offers
to Impacted Property Owners
Planners Voice Pipeline
Compressor Station Concerns
Carbon County Planning Commissioners are saying that PennEast/UGI plans have “inconsistencies” and that the project “...is not consistent with the adopted county or multi-county comprehensive plan and is not in compliance with the various Kidder Twp., DEP and/or US Army Corps of Engineers ordinances or regulatory requirements.”
Ivan Meixell of County Planning also “took exception to the company’s narrative, which states that the project is designed to provide the lowest cost of natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale Region.” Mr. Meixell is quoted, “In fact, when I was on the “stop the pipeline” website, every township in Carbon from Kidder all the way down to New Jersey is protesting this. There is not one home in Carbon that will receive any of this natural gas.”
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U. S. Congressman Cartwright Supports Us
On June 6, 2016, United States members of congress Leonard Lance and Bonnie Coleman from New Jersey and Matt Cartwright (represents most of Carbon) and Mike Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania sent a letter concerning the PennEast pipeline project to the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The letter makes three important points:
(1) lack of an integrated approach to evaluation of the project
(2) this lack of integration is to be addressed by more oversight/input from the EPA and support to the Army Corps of Engineers and NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which has taken a very hard line on this pipeline’s lack of survey information
(3) The EPA is also asked to work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to assure that FERC meets the National Environmental Policy Act requirements for a regional analysis of need. The letter states that “FERC must not solely accept precedent contracts as evidence of project need, just as simply assessing a private shippers ability to profit does not satisfy FERC’s mandate to consider the public interest.”
Once again, we have the support of our Congressman Matt Cartwright. To send an email to his office thanking him for his continued support go to: cartwright.house.gov
COPIES OF DEIS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
has published the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
They conclude the impacts of the PennEast/UGI pipeline are "minimal"
We cannot let this stand!
The PennEast/UGI pipeline threatens to take private land using eminent domain.
It will cause direct removal or fragmentation of 633 acres of forest
and would result in 56 acres of temporary impact to wetlands,
35 acres of permanent impact to wetlands, and 255 waterbody crossings.
You can get the DEIS files at http://pipeinfo.org
Save Carbon County
will provide free copies of the DEIS on Compact Disc
or find us on Facebook:
"Stop the Fracking Pipeline"
Read Times News Sept. 3, 2016
front page story about the pipeline and the DEIS:
Copy the letter below and send it to Governor Wolf
Contact Save Carbon County
for paper copies of this and other letters
Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Dear Governor Wolf:
You are to be commended for your concern about methane gas and your strategy to reduce methane emissions in Pennsylvania. As you know, methane is a greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas and has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.
Your strategy to reduce methane emissions includes plans to reduce methane leaks at new natural gas wells, compressor stations, processing facilities, and pipelines. This is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Specifically a hard look needs to be taken at the necessity for new natural gas wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania. The best way to reduce methane emissions would be to focus on renewable energy sources and eliminate Pennsylvania’s focus on natural gas, a resource that is destined to dry up and leave the state’s environment and economy devastated.
The PennEast Pipeline project is a prime example of the unnecessary buildup of methane-producing infrastructure. Skipping Stone, one of the country’s premier energy markets consulting firms, says, “Local gas distribution companies in the Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey market have more than enough firm capacity to meet the needs of customers during peak winter periods.” The New Jersey Rate Counsel, an independent state agency, has gone on record stating PennEast has not demonstrated its proposed pipeline is needed, according to comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The counsel went on to characterize the project as "unduly generous to PennEast and unfair to consumers.”
We urge you to join the thousands of Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents who have spoken out against the PennEast Pipeline. We need you to protect us from the unnecessary production of methane gas and the lasting environmental damage that will result if this project is completed.