Please Be a Part of the Community Comment When Your Time with the Stenographer comes at the Upcoming PennEast "Hearings"
FERC Has Worked Hard to Devise a “Divide and Conquer” Hearing Format
By Not Allowing Us to Speak Publicly. Having a Majority of Us Deliver the Same Community Comment When Our Turn to “Testify” Comes With the Stenographer Will Show Solidarity & Strength, While Building an Important Public Record and Demonstration of Opposition
The PennEast hearings being held August 15, 16 & 17 come just 24 days after the release of the Draft EIS for the pipeline. This is not nearly enough time to read the document and prepare a meaningful comment that can be delivered in 3 minutes or less (the usual length FERC provides).
In addition, the FERC hearings aren’t really hearings at all. Instead of standing and testifying before your friends and neighbors, individuals will sit, privately, out of the hearing of others, with a stenographer to give their “testimony.”
The divide and conquer strategy being used by FERC at these hearings, coupled with the short time frame in which to prepare comments, is FERC’s most recent effort to diminish our voice and power in this decision that will have such a profoundly devastating impact for so many.
Rather than writing a short comment you will have only 3 minutes to read to a stenographer, we are encouraging folks to join in a Community Comment that will allow us all to give strong testimony but not be diverted from the job of writing strong comments on the DEIS for the docket.
What does it mean to be part of a Community Comment? It means that when we each get our time with the stenographer we will deliver the same 2 to 3 minute piece of testimony. Once you have delivered the Community Comment to FERC we will ask you to deliver it into a video camera that will be on site in order to help us get the word out to the world what we are doing and what we are saying.
Representatives from across the pipeline have drafted a 2-3 minute piece of testimony that make critical points for the record about the FERC process and the PennEast pipeline. By each of us using this same piece of testimony we are sending a strong message of disappointment with the FERC process, putting key points on the record, and can stay focused on putting together the detailed written comments we need to get on the record by the September deadline.
All of us delivering the same comment into the record as our hearing testimony allows us to send a strong message of community opposition, solidarity and strength, and to do so in a way that allows us to stay focused on the strong written comments we need to get on the record.
If you want to be part of the Community Comment and/or be part of our coordinated press effort please let us know on this google form and we’ll send you the Community Comment and loop you in:
Participating in the Process
URGENT: Comments to the DEIS needed before September 12
Our goal is to submit as many substantial, fact-based comments as possible. Please submit multiple comments between now and September 12!
We have 3 Action options with easy to follow directions on our Home Page. Comment as often as you can.
Submit Comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - PennEast has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During this phase of the process, it's extremely important that you submit comments to FERC via their website. To help you navigate the system, we've created an instruction sheet with step-by-step instructions. Download it here.
Subscribe to the Filing Docket #CP15-558 - You can see what others are submitting by becoming a subscriber. Find instructions here.
File a Motion to Intervene - Meaning that you can be a participant in the process. You can submit comments, upload documents, and receive all documents submitted for that docket. Download instructions here.
Hearing are scheduled for the DEIS and can be viewed on our Home Page.
Protecting Your Property
Send a Deny/Rescind Letter - Download, print and send this letter to PennEast denying or rescinding access to your property. You should also post a No Trespassing sign on your property.
Know Your Rights - Carolyn Elefant is an attorney based in D.C. who specializes in pipline cases. She has put together a very informative guide called Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When an Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes to Your Community. Download your free copy here.
Protecting Your Community
Ask Your Municipality to Pass a Resolution - Federal pipeline rules exempt local governments from participating in the process of siting interstate pipelines. Adopting a resolution opposing the pipeline can be an effective way to demonstrate unanimity within your community and send a strong message to PennEast and FERC. Download a sample resolution here. You can also visit the map on our home page that shows all the communities on the proposed path of the pipeline that have already passed or are in the process of passing resolutions. Visit the Resolutions page under the Documents link to download copies of the resolutions as we receive them. Taking a list of communities passing resolutions and some samples can help pressure your municipal officials to act.
Inform Your Community with Videos - The Delaware Riverkeeper Network compiled videos that could be shown at open houses and other public events. Experts and affected property owners are featured in the videos. The accompanying handout provides synopses and links. Download it here.
Protecting Your River Basin
Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to Act - The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has created a petition calling on the Delaware River Basin Commission to act on its authority to become involved in the PennEast issue. Please sign and share the petition.
Join the Delaware Riverkeeper Network - The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has a legal staff that, among other things, has brought litigation against pipelines with some important successes. In order to pursue this litigation, including for PennEast should the opportunity present itself, we need to be sure we have members who are directly impacted — without such members we do not have the legal standing necessary to be heard by the courts. You can sign up for a free membership at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network website.