In Summary: Pipelines crossing the Delaware River watershed are devastating old growth forest, wetlands, streams, and communities including on both public and private lands. And they are inducing more fracking and drilling wreaking havoc on those communities too. DRBC has the ability to avoid and address many of these harms.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is cutting nearly 100 year old trees for hundreds of acres, through old growth forest, private property, public open space, Exceptional Value wetlands and streams. They don’t’ have all of their permits yet and there are outstanding legal challenges. While the courts have decided that the loss of the trees is not irreparable harm but the company’s loss of some money is, and so denied twice our requests for and injunction, there is one agency who still has the ability to act – the Delaware River Basin Commission. But, so far they are choosing not to do so.
The DRBC has been presented with a request to reconsider this flawed position, one that abdicates totally their responsibility to protect the waterways that provide us with our drinking water, jobs, a healthy economy, recreation and healthy lives.
We would like to be able to share with the DRBC this Citizens Petition, urging them to take immediate action on the Tenneessee Gas Pipeline Company’s Northeast Upgrade Project and to take action on any and all pipelines that enter the Delaware River Watershed and in so doing threaten the health of our environment, economy and communities.
Pipeline construction inflicts its own level of devastating harm, but it also spurs, supports, encourages and induces more fracking and drilling, devastating those communities where the drillers are working fast and furious to pump out fracked gas, including for shipment to other countries.
To make a difference we need 10,000 signatures by March 6. Please sign here. And after you are done consider going to www.protectdelriv.org and sign the pledge to protect communities from fracking, drilling, pipelines, compressors and all the harm they bring.
And please, if you can, plan to join us on March 6th in West Trenton, NJ to deliver this Citizens Petition as well as offer testimony to secure the DRBC’s intervention on these important and time sensitive threats. For details go to: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/about/event.aspx?Id=333