From Petition Creator Irene Borngraeber:
"LHS would like to again express our gratitude to all the individuals who recently took the time to support our shelter. Thanks to your generosity and following a series of meetings with Spectra Energy, we are happy to announce that the LHS will be able to continue operating at its current location during the pipeline construction without interference and, just as important; we have begun to significantly build our capital fund for future expansion in Hudson County. For that reason, we will no longer be accepting donations for our legal fund, but rather will focus on growing our capital expansion fund. We are truly touched by the outpouring of support from the community. We especially wish to thank John Buonocore, Esq. and the law firm of McKirdy and Riskin, PA for their pro bono advice and assistance in bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion. Thank you to all who had their voices heard, and thank you to Spectra Energy for listening. We look forward to working with the residents of Hudson County for many years to come. We hope that many of you will now join us in our goal to expand LHS’s facilities to offer the best care possible for sheltered animals in Hudson County.
Background: In early August Liberty Humane Society revealed that a large portion of the land we occupy had been taken via eminent domain as part of Spectra Energy’s gas pipeline expansion project. Shortly after, a Spectra contractor visited LHS and informed us that pipeline construction on the site was imminent and would severely restrict usage of LHS’s backyard facilities. Concerned over our ability to operate, LHS and Spectra Energy met and Spectra Energy clarified its planned construction and timing. We have continued to meet to ensure that both LHS and animals we care for are protected during this time."
As the only non-profit animal shelter in Hudson County, Liberty Humane Society provides animal sheltering services to the cities of Jersey City and Hoboken and care to over 2,000 homeless, stray, and abandoned animals each year. Not only do we ensure the municipalities we serve maintain compliance with state law, as a progressive animal shelter we go above and beyond to advance animal welfare in our communities: For instance, Liberty Humane Society provides public programs like a low-cost Wellness Clinic and Pet Food Bank, adoption and public counseling services, and animal enrichment and behavior modification training.
Spectra Energy has Federal approval to run a natural gas pipeline straight through land occupied by Liberty Humane Society--located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Pipeline construction would not only render more than half of Liberty Humane's land useless, it would have a disastrous effect on animal health, cripple LHS's ability to comply with state law, and render impossible the Shelter's capacity to expand.
Tell Spectra you don't want your energy to come at the expense of homeless animals, you don't want pets suffering in the middle of construction chaos, and you don't want Liberty Humane Society to lose its land--and its ability to provide more for the people and animals of New Jersey. Jersey dogs need a lifeline, not a pipeline!