There’s a clock ticking people. You have three weeks to register as an intervenor on the PennEast pipeline. If you miss that window you miss out on important rights. And the clock started last week!
What the heck is an Intervenor?
When PennEast filed formally with FERC last week, the process changed. There are new things we have to do to keep up and retain our rights. One of them is declaring yourself as an intervenor.
Declaring as an intervenor preserves vital rights – rights that residents will lose if they fail to declare themselves within the limited three week window FERC allows for filing.
An intervenor is someone who reserves the right to challenge a FERC decision. They can ask for a rehearing and also be parties to court challenges to FERC on a project.
FERC also has to acknowledge your comments and issues in its decision and address them.
If you don’t declare yourself as an intervenor, you can’t challenge FERC and they can ignore your comments. You still have the right to comment but they have no obligation to do anything about it. So, if you’re impacted by the pipeline in anyway, you really want to get yourself declared right now.
NOTE: You do NOT have to be an impacted landowner to register as an intervenor. Anyone in the impacted towns, surrounding region, or who has a vital interest in environmental impacts from the project can intervene. You can also intervene based on the taxes you have paid to your local and state governments to preserve land that is potentially impacted by PennEast, or a number of other reasons.
The Intervenor Convenience Service
To address this, West Amwell Citizens Against the Pipeline is starting an intervenor convenience service for all NJ and PA residents concerned who are impacted by this project. For any resident who asks, we will register them on FERC website with a custom email account, get their declaration of intervenor status posted to FERC, and then hand over the registration and email information to the resident.
We are doing this because hundreds of individuals have complained about how confusing the FERC website is to navigate, and that they are finding it impossible to figure out to register and get their intervention sent online. The end result is that they are losing their rights because of technical problems. We’re here to fix that.
Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a dedicate email account for FERC information setup, have it registered with FERC, and your intervenor status declared.
- Full Name
- Phone Number (mobile preferred)
- Current email address
- Intervenor text (Optional)
- Relation to pipeline (impacted landowner, abutter, concerned resident, other).
The name/address/phone number info is required by FERC to register.
We promise to never share or sell your personal information with anyone, ever.
We will mail you back your new email address information (user name and password) and a link to your intervenor submission online. Your FERC online register will have the same username and password.
Once this is done the email address and FERC registration is yours to do with as you please. Please change the password promptly when you receive the notification.
You can optionally provide intervenor text if you’d like to personalize it to your situation. If not, we will use a generic one based on your status as a landowner/abutter/resident/other.
Once you have your account with FERC you can eComment or eFile as many comments, complaints, protests and analysis to FERC on the project that you wish. The docket is CP15-558-000.
If you know of any residents not on the Internet who wish to intervene, please give us their contact information and we will work with them to get them registered (email@example.com).