Deny the proposed SJ Gas / BL England Pipeline through the Pine Barrens
  • Petitioned Members of the Pinelands Commission

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Pinelands Commission of New Jersey
Members of the Pinelands Commission

Deny the proposed SJ Gas / BL England Pipeline through the Pine Barrens

    1. Petition by

      Keep The Frack Out

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March 2014

Victory

From Petition Creator: Victory!!!! Yes, we all completed our goal! We submitted the petition during the last public meeting and it was entered into the record. For those who have not heard, the vote was on Friday, January 10th, with a tie of 7-7 even with Commissioner Lloyd recused from voting. You need a majority to pass, and therefore the pipeline was NOT approved!

The pipeline proposal is a $65 million dollar 22 mile natural gas pipeline that will power the now-defunct Beesley’s Point power plant located in Upper Township NJ. The pipeline will straddle the border of the Pinelands National Reserve, which was the nation’s first national reserve when it was created back in 1978. The reserve encompasses over 1 million acres and is mostly remote containing arguably the most pristine wilderness in the northeastern United States.

The proposed pipeline violates the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), which only permits such infrastructure in the Forest Management Area if it is “intended to primarily serve the needs of the Pinelands.” N.J.A.C. 7:50-5.23. There is no exception for pipes to run along or under roads.

 This kind of infrastructure will bring a variety of environmental harms and pressure for more development along its route. The Pinelands Commission is charged to defend the Pinelands CMP, yet it has discussed waiving the restrictions with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and South Jersey Gas by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA regulations are for public entities, which South Jersey Gas is not.

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    News

    1. Victory Letter!

      The victory letter was submitted today. It should hopefully arrive in your inbox soon! The letter describes the victory in detail, and talks about next steps, among other highlights!

      -Michael

    2. Victory!

      Victory!!! We have won! We will send a formal message to all of you very soon, and we will close out the petition marked with a Victory! We would like to say THANK YOU to EVERYONE who signed this petition!

      -Michael

      P.S. this story is being told by every news outlet, but here is a link to one of the good stories. http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140111_Pinelands_Commission_rejects_gas_pipeline_plan.html

      Pinelands Commission rejects gas pipeline plan

      Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:46 AM After months of heated debate, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission Friday morning failed to approve a variance that would have allowed work to proceed on a gas pipline through environmentally sensitive areas of the state.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Kevin Heatley Presentation is now online!

      We have re-released the video of Kevin Heatley’s presentation that he gave back in October. This version has better audio, is shorter, and has a different ending (a summary provided by myself). This presentation was supposed to be given as public testimony to the Pinelands Commission, and the Commission even requested that he prepare the presentation. At the last minute, they denied him from giving his presentation. He spent a lot of time preparing the presentation, so he instead presented it during an open gathering in October. You can listen to the entire presentation by clicking here:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfVVe8r6dMY

      Please note that the video is 45 minutes long, so make sure that if you can watch it, you block off some time. If you cannot watch the entire video, please watch the first minute where we summarize the presentation and provide photos that show the destruction that comes with installing a pipeline.

      Restoration Ecology: Kevin Heatley discusses Pinelands Pipeline

      Kevin Heatley is a renowned Restoration Ecologist who travels around the United States and works on restoring damaged ecosystems. In this video, he explains how directional drilling can alter aquatic ecosystems. He also explains how the proposed BL England pipeline route can alter interior forests.

    5. Part Two of Keep The Frack Out is now on YouTube

      Hi everyone! Part 2 of our series about the pipeline is now on YouTube. You can check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjP2YfeCtSQ

      Episode 1 Part 2: Keep The Frack Out of South Jersey - The Route

      Episode 1 Part 2 of our series 'Keep The Frack Out'. In this episode, we will explore the proposed route of the BL England Pipeline through the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey Link to Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/pinelands-commission-deny-the-proposed-sj-gas-bl-england-pipeline-through-the-pine-barrens Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/keepthefrackout www.keepthefrackout.com

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Petition presented to the Pinelands Commission!

      We presented the petition today to the Pinelands Commission with just over 1200 signatures! Thank you all!! We printed out the message, the comments, and the signatures! We could tell that they were moved once they saw all the names. It was great. The work isn't over yet, and our next presentation will be on the 28th! Stay tuned for our video due out in two weeks!

      Thanks,
      MAS3

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Twitter hash tag #NoPipeline

      We are seeing a lot of people tweet the petition. That's great! We think we should try and share the same hashtag when tweeting. We were thinking something simple like #NoPipeline. Let us know if you have any other thoughts, and feel free to share on facebook! www.keepthefrackout.com

    11. Added Gov. Chris Christie to the petition

      I added Gov. Christie as a recipient of the petition.

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Video of scenery along proposed route is online!

      Check out our latest video which shows scenery along the proposed A-3 route! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQrVmW2oipg

    14. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jason Reynolds VANCOUVER, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      Preservation

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    • george herold EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      always the dollar

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    • Kelly Walker HOUSTON, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      Please respect Nature and the preserve.do not locate this project here.

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    • Kay Stadlmeir ABSECON, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      The health of our citizens relies heavily on keeping the Pinelands National Reserve as pure as possible. Without it's aquafir, drinking water would soon be at a short supply. We need to do all that we can to make sure that the Pinelands are protected.

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    • Rene Woodard PORT RICHEY, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      The Environment !!!

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