Don't Give Away NJ Public Lands for Fracked Gas Pipelines
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) has plans to build a natural gas pipeline to carry fracked gas across Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the Upper Delaware River Basin with its proposed Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP). Major drinking water sources are at stake for millions of New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents - including the Monksville Reservoir and the Wanaque Reservoir, several sole source groundwater aquifers in both states as well as a Delaware River crossing that can affect millions who rely on the Delaware for water. TGP's 300 line project that was built last year in parts of NJ and PA left behind damaged streams, sediment choked wetlands, and inadequate and lagging stabilization and restoration practices by TGP - repeated violations and pollution events abound in the record. For example, Wawayanda State Park and Lake Lookover in NJ and Delaware State Forest in PA are public lands where irreversible pipeline pollution still remains from Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s past practices.
Now Tennessee Gas Pipeline wants to build the next pipeline loop to carry polluting fracked natural gas that would cross the Delaware River in Pike County PA into New Jersey, impacting more clean headwater tributaries and part of NJ's Highlands and state lands. This proposed pipeline loop would impact 64 waterbodies and 70 wetlands, putting our precious water and communities at risk. To build the pipeline they need the approval of the New Jersey State House Commission to allow public lands to be sold off for the pipeline crossing.
Please sign and share this petition to let the NJ State House Commission Members know you oppose this sell off of precious preserved land for this detrimental project and request a comprehensive and thorough independent alternative analysis be conducted that does not jeopardize sensitive public lands, important water supplies, and healthy habitats. Urge the NJ State House Commission to deny this diversion request. The past pollution record of TGP means the Commission must act to protect our water supplies and healthy habitats now and consider the bad practices of TGP on the 300 line and how this damaging activity will affect the special resources the NEUP will cut through. The Commission needs to hear from a groundswell of people as they may be voting on this pipeline project as soon as early June so action is urgently needed.
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