One of the most important things residents, businesses, organizations, and municipalities can do to help stop the PennEast pipeline is to send comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC is the agency in charge with approving or rejecting this pipeline, and the more information you can get them on problems with PennEast or the route, the less likely PennEast will be allowed to proceed.
We know that FERC has a reputation for being a “rubber-stamp” agency that approves nearly every proposal it sees, but there are many signs that this is changing and FERC is listening to residents and organizations more closely. FERC has dramatically increased its criticism of PennEast in some of its recent project updates, and is highlighting many comments and insisting that PennEast must address them in detail.
But without your submission, the potential list of comments is incomplete. The township has done an excellent job of commenting to the FERC, but it’s not enough. Individuals and business owners can write to the FERC as well, and many hundreds along the route have done so.
Add your voice to ours. We have a page under the “What you can do” menu detailing how you can comment to the FERC electronically:
It only takes a few minutes, and your comments as a whole can have a significant impact. If for any reason you’re unable to file electronically, please follow the directions on the page to send comments to West Amwell CAP and we’ll file them on your behalf.
You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write to the FERC, and you don’t have to be expert on anything. Write from your heart and tell FERC how the PennEast pipeline is going to negatively impact your land, your life, your way of life, your livelihood, and the quality of life for you and your family. If you own a business here, talk about the business and how PennEast may impact it. If you live in the township, tell them about your land, about what you love about West Amwell. If you are on or near the pipeline route, tell FERC and PennEast about unique features on your property. If you have a dam, or a stream, a pond, wet lands, sitings of wildlife, or anything that strikes you personally as important, tell them about it.
Nearly all of us have private wells and septic systems. FERC doesn’t really know or understand this, so let them know. Tell them about your well and septic. Tell them you’re worried about the impact PennEast’s construction is going to have on them. There are direct concerns from the blasting they’re going to have to do through much of the bedrock in the area disturbing well fractures and possibly drying up or contaminating wells. There are other concerns of poisons such as arsenic being released from construction.
Tell them about the beautiful Delaware River which is practically on our door step, and how PennEast’s construction debris will run off through our C1 streams and tributaries down into that historic and critical waterbody.
Let FERC and PennEast know what’s so special about Moore’s Creek and the Alexauken. Tell them about the days you’ve spent with your kids at the nearby Howell Living History Farm down on Woodens.
Farmers, add your voice to the dozens of other farmers who’ve told FERC and PennEast how devastating pipelines are to crop yields. If you need data we can get it to you.
Many farms and homes will have their lives disturbed by the pipeline construction. The pipeline crosses dozens of access roads and people’s driveways, robbing them of their quality of life and right to enjoy their properties.
FERC will be hearing about our dogs Cinna and FERN, and how the pipeline construction a bare 100′ from our fence will be putting that fencing in jeopardy. Without it our dogs will be stuck inside and unable to get the regular exercise they enjoy today. Tell FERC about the animals on your land and the impact this will have on them. Think about the blasting and heavy construction and the effect it will have on bovine, canine, feline, equine, and other delicate sensibilities.
While we’re talking about blasting, think about the Traprock quarry on route 29 which is only a few hundred yards from the pipeline route.
Tell the FERC you don’t want the pipeline built a thousand yards from the West Amwell Elementary School and ESC school. Tell them you don’t want construction happening a few hundred yards from your kids playing in Hewitt Park.
Let them all know about West Amwell’s rich heritage of conservation and open spaces. Tell them about the time and money we’ve spent to conserve our land and preserve it forever. If you’ve conserved your land, let them know that fact and tell them why you conserved it.
Paint FERC a picture of Baldpate Mountain in their minds. FERC has asked PennEast “how close” the pipeline route is to the park on Baldpate. The answer is “it’s not close, it’s going right through it”. Tell them all about Baldpate and the Sourlands and what a unique treasure this part of NJ is, and how PennEast will deface it and scar it for centuries to come.
Speak out against Fracking. Tell them how few of us even have an option of getting natural gas. Talk about safety. Talk about the nearby Pennington natural gas explosion.
Find the topic you care most about it and let FERC know. Take 10 minutes out of your day and help us fight back.