West Amwell Citizens Against the Pipeline (WACAP) is a non-profit citizen’s group organized to oppose the PennEast pipeline. Our mission is to protect our community against PennEast, help preserve our ecosystems, economy, homes, businesses, and to preserve the township’s unique rural character. We are working in coordination with our township’s pipeline committee to keep West Amwell safe and intact. While the pipeline committee works with the township committee to be the township’s official voice to PennEast and the federal government, our group will bolster their efforts and provide additional outreach and sources of information.
The proposed PennEast Pipeline is a 100+ mile long natural gas pipeline that threatens our township and our way of life – and is wholly unnecessary. Research has shown that NJ is enjoying the lowest natural gas prices in decades and is well served by the existing pipeline network. To give an idea on the magnitude of PennEast project, the entire state of NJ consumes on average 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. That includes everybody – residential customers, electrical generation plants, industrial users and vehicles. By way of comparison the proposed PennEast pipeline will carry 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. This represents 55% over capacity for us – this one pipeline could literally power more than half the state all by itself. The reality is that the bulk of this gas appears to be intended for shipping over seas via liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminals. The U.S. Department of Energy just recently approved the export of natural gas overseas, and several such export terminals have been approved and are under construction. PennEast will conveniently connect to several of them.
We believe PennEast should not be allowed to invoke federal eminent domain on our lands for a project that will not materially benefit NJ residents, but will instead be shipped over seas for their own profit.
In addition, the routes proposed by PennEast have the pipeline cutting primarily through preserved farms and open spaces, and also comes perilously close to many homes and businesses, and even our schools such as West Amwell Elementary School and the ESC school, and churches such as those in Mt. Airy. While federal regulations require that pipeline companies make every effort to avoid impacting communities and minimizing the harm they cause, PennEast appears to have done little to no work in this area. The routes they have proposed appear to be motivated by least-cost to PennEast, with little thought given to least-harm.
- Monitoring the FERC submission list and responding to issues
- Submitting new issues to the FERC
- Helping out affected landowners
- Maintaining a presence at community events to give information to locals about the pipeline
- Providing detailed information to residents whether they’re impacted today or not
- Securing legal aid and expert testimony to help fight against the pipeline
- Researching the huge number of areas where the pipeline impacts us all (environmental, historical, cultural, preserved farms, financial impacts, water quality, etc)
- Informing and influencing the township’s committee’s views and actions regarding the PennEast pipeline
- Interacting with the media and the press to get the resident’s view on the pipeline heard
- Formulating new strategies in combating the pipeline