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JUNE REPORT 


By SAVE CARBON COUNTY


PennEast/UGI Pipeline Project- Prepared 5/31/2017

We have revised our “best case” projected timeline for the PennEast/UGI pipeline project. We are now projecting that the pipeline will not begin construction until late 2018 and will not be operational until late 2019 in the most optimistic scenario. This would place the project two years behind schedule. We note that Patricia Kornick, the spokesperson for the pipeline is now acknowledging that the pipeline will not be operational until the second half of 2018—something that we predicted months ago. The pipeline was originally planned to be operational in October 2017.

What is the reason for this projected delay? Simply put, 23% of landowners in PA and 70% of landowners in NJ have refused survey access to the pipeline company. Because of the lack of survey access the company has submitted permits to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and to NJDEP that are lacking critical information.


Both permit applications have been put on hold until this information can be provided. The company will not be able to obtain the necessary information until it has the power of Eminent Domain and can force landowners to allow access. It will not have this power until FERC issues a certificate, which is estimated to take place in Sept. of this year and after that, it will take court proceedings to gain survey access. Court proceedings will probably not be completed until the end of 2018.

In a less optimistic but very possible scenario, the NJDEP will require two growing seasons for bio surveys. If this scenario proves correct, the project would be delayed for two and one-half to three years.

Eminent Domain proceedings are projected to begin in September of this year. That means that Carbon County landowners will receive very scary letters from PennEast/UGI lawyers. Landowners have been battling this pipeline for two and one-half years, which has taken a toll on all of us. It is unfortunate that Eminent Domain will be used to force easements on landowners causing even more distress. But this pipeline is a long way from being built.

 

 

 

MAY REPORT

Prepared by Save Carbon County

04/28/2017

 

The Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the PennEast/UGI application is incomplete because the company has not secured permission to complete environmental surveys on private land. Many PA and NJ property owners have refused survey access to the pipeline company. The Corps stated that “Depending on how long it takes to gain access…. it is simply impossible to determine a permit issuance date at this time.” The Army Corps has jurisdiction over wetlands and streams

The NJ DEP has also refused to process permits for the pipeline due to missing information. 65% of the proposed route has yet to be surveyed because property owners have refused access to PennEast/UGI agents. Taken with the refusal of the Army Corps to process permit applications, these actions represent a significant delay for the pipeline project.

The PA DEP has yet to issue a Clean Air certification that would allow the construction of the Kidder Twp. Compressor Station.

Representatives of Mott-McDonald, an engineering firm working for the pipeline, are contacting local governments asking for copies of the requirements for street openings. It is very important that townships review their requirements and make sure that the ordinance requires a performance bond or an escrow account to ensure that streets are returned to township standards. It is also important that the ordinance contain a provision for repair of damage from heavy equipment. The pipeline company is a single purpose limited liability corporation. Their purpose is to build the pipeline as quickly as possible and repairing local streets is not part of their mission.

 

 

RECENT NEWS

 

FERC does not have a quorum at this time. When President Trump elevated Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to the chairmanship, the former chair, Norman Bay resigned. This leaves the Commission with only two members. Three members are needed to conduct business. The Commission rushed approval of the Atlantic Sunrise (goes through Lancaster Co.) before they lost their quorum but until new commissioners are appointed and approved by the Senate, there will be no pipeline approvals.

We are urging our elected officials to study the current and historic functioning of FERC before they approve new commissioners. This commission has never acted as a fair and unbiased regulator.

The Kidder Township Zoning Hearing Board has approved the Kidder Compressor Station. PennEast/UGI must obtain all state and federal permits before construction of the station can begin.

PennEast is a limited liability company. It was set up in this way for a specific reason---to limit the financial liability of it and its member companies. All affected municipalities should be demanding bonds in excess of the money they believe will be needed for future repair of ruined roads and damaged bridges.

PSEG or Public Services Enterprise Group has decided to divest their interest in the PennEast/UGI pipeline. Reversing a business decision like this is not taken lightly. This is a serious vote of “no confidence.” They state that the pipeline is not “within their core business model.” The fact that this pipeline is one full year behind, hugely unpopular and very likely to run into even more problems before it is built might have had something to do with this. One PennEast/UGI partner down, five more to go!!

 


Save Carbon County

is a member of a regional and two-state effort

to stop the PennEast/UGI pipeline.

 

 

 

  

WE MUST ACT NOW

TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING

IN CARBON COUNTY !

    

 

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

SAVE CARBON COUNTY

is a local, grassroots organization devoted to stopping the PennEast/UGI pipeline.

If you would like to help us win our fight, join us at a meeting or event.

A list of upcoming events is posted below. 

 

Make a contribution to:


Save Carbon County

P.O. Box 176

Kresgeville, PA 18333

 

Find us on FaceBook at “Stop the Fracking Pipeline"

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Save Carbon County Members at Valentine Protest February, 2016 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE NOT ALONE!

Numerous national, regional and state organizations 

are helping to educate and organize 

in opposition to the filthy fracking industry

and the pipelines it spawns.

Below are just a few:

 

UNITED STATES AGENCIES SPEAK OUT

AGAINST PENNEAST/UGI PIPELINE!

Environmental Protection Agency

Fish and Wildlife Service

National Park Service

have all written to FERC objecting to the PENNEAST/UGI

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

According to the Times News, the EPA has submitted a sixteen page letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PennEast/UGI Pipeline Project in which it expresses: “significant concerns regarding the alternatives analysis, a number of important topics for which information is incomplete, and the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the proposed action on the environment and public health, including impacts to terrestrial resources, including interior forests, aquatic resources, and rare, threatened and endangered species.” ...The EPA also recommends the final impact statement evaluate potential construction impacts relative to mining subsidence, landslides and flash flooding and potential blasting impacts to water wells, springs and wetlands.

Read Times News Article

 

 

 

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

STATEIMPACT

PROVIDES PIPELINE INFORMATION

 

An excellent source of information about the fracking industry, and its pipelines is the NPR program and website STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA. Searching the site will lead you to numerous informative articles specific to the PennEast pipeline project and the fight against it. 

According to their website: StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaboration between WITF and WHYY. Reporters Marie Cusick and Susan Phillips cover the fiscal and environmental impact of Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling. Read their reports on this site, and hear them on public radio stations across Pennsylvania. This collaborative project is funded, in part, through grants from the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation.

Here is a link to their website: StateImpact

 

 

DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK

Established in 1988 upon the appointment of the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. DRN's professional staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed. They also work throughout the four states that comprise the Watershed -- including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York -- and at the federal level on the issues, actions, regulations, legislation, policies, programs and decisions that impact the health of our Delaware River Watershed waterways and our ability to protect and restore them for the benefit of all.

Here is a link to their website: Delaware Riverkeeper

 

Maya van Rossum, The Delaware Riverkeeper

at the Towamensing Fire Dept. June 2, 2016

 

 

HALT PENNEAST

HOMEOWNERS AGAINST LAND TAKING

 

HALT PennEast—a fast-growing nonprofit organization comprised of more than 300 homeowners in New Jersey’s Hunterdon and Mercer counties whose homes, farms, and livelihoods are directly threatened by PennEast’s proposed pipeline route. HALT PennEast is expanding into Pennsylvania to include many of the more than 800 homeowners directly impacted in Luzerne, Northampton, Carbon, and Bucks counties.

www.haltpenneast.org

www.facebook.com/HALTPennEast/

 

 

CLEAN WATER ACTION

Since its founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Their mission is to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.

www.cleanwateraction.org

 

David Pringle, Clean Water Action

at the Towamensing Fire Dept. June 2, 2016

 

 

 

BERKS GAS TRUTH

Berks Gas Truth is a grassroots community organization of over 600 concerned citizens who are fighting to stop unconventional natural gas drilling. We are dedicated to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding fracking and taking action to protect our environment, communities, human health and safety from its consequences.

www.gastruth.org

 

Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth

at the Towamensing Fire Dept. June 2, 2016 

 

 

 

THE COST OF THE PIPELINE

The Cost of The Pipeline is a well written and researched blog with the stated purpose to highlight the stories of many people who are opposing the PennEast pipeline, and to show the human cost this project is going to have on people in the region. The author has been scouring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s web site dedicated to comments on this project and highlighting the comments  found to be most memorable, particularly ones that tell what this pipeline is going to do to people’s families, their properties, their lives, and in many cases their legacies. The blog is full of information that might help others gauge how this pipeline is going to impact them.

 

www.thecostofthepipeline.com

 

 

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The County of Carbon has passed a resolution

in opposition to the PennEast/UGI pipeline,

and has registered as an intervener.  

Read The Carbon County Resolution

 

The Carbon County

Planning and Development Office

has raised concerns about

PennEast's permit application

and sent a letter to PADEP

Read 02/18/2016 Times News Article 

 

All three Carbon County Commissioners

have publicly expressed their concerns about

PennEast's permit application 

and the pipeline's negative impact

on the county 

Read 02/19/2016 Times News Article

 

All Carbon County Townships

targeted by the PennEast/UGI pipeline

 have registered as interveners

and have passed resolutions 

in opposition to the pipeline.  

  

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center

and

Carbon County Environmental Education Center

have registered as interveners. 

 

 

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center 

and

The Wildlife Information Center in Slatington

have refused to accept  $5000 grants from PennEast.

 Read About Grant Refusals

 

 

 Carbon County Residents

are protesting, attending events,

and speaking out against the pipeline,

writing letters to the editor and elected officials,

refusing easement offers,

and learning all they can to

STOP PENNEAST

 

Read Attorney Peter Carfley's Advice

Concerning PennEast's Offers

to Impacted Property Owners

TIMES NEWS 02/22/2016

 

 

 

 

Planners Voice Pipeline

And

Compressor Station Concerns

 

Carbon County Planning Commissioners are saying that PennEast/UGI plans have “inconsistencies” and that the project “...is not consistent with the adopted county or multi-county comprehensive plan and is not in compliance with the various Kidder Twp., DEP and/or US Army Corps of Engineers ordinances or regulatory requirements.”

Ivan Meixell of County Planning also “took exception to the company’s narrative, which states that the project is designed to provide the lowest cost of natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale Region.” Mr. Meixell is quoted, “In fact, when I was on the “stop the pipeline” website, every township in Carbon from Kidder all the way down to New Jersey is protesting this. There is not one home in Carbon that will receive any of this natural gas.”

 

To read the complete story,

please click below:

Times News March 17, 2016

 

  

U. S. Congressman Cartwright Supports Us

 

On June 6, 2016, United States members of congress Leonard Lance and Bonnie Coleman from New Jersey and Matt Cartwright (represents most of Carbon) and Mike Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania sent a letter concerning the PennEast pipeline project to the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The letter makes three important points:

(1) lack of an integrated approach to evaluation of the project

(2) this lack of integration is to be addressed by more oversight/input from the EPA and support to the Army Corps of Engineers and NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which has taken a very hard line on this pipeline’s lack of survey information

(3) The EPA is also asked to work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to assure that FERC meets the National Environmental Policy Act requirements for a regional analysis of need. The letter states that “FERC must not solely accept precedent contracts as evidence of project need, just as simply assessing a private shippers ability to profit does not satisfy FERC’s mandate to consider the public interest.”

Once again, we have the support of our Congressman Matt Cartwright. To send an email to his office thanking him for his continued support go to: cartwright.house.gov

 

 

COPIES OF DEIS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
has published the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
They conclude the impacts of the PennEast/UGI pipeline are "minimal"

We cannot let this stand!

The PennEast/UGI pipeline threatens to take private land using eminent domain.

It will cause direct removal or fragmentation of 633 acres of forest

and would result in 56 acres of temporary impact to wetlands,

35 acres of permanent impact to wetlands, and 255 waterbody crossings.

You can get the DEIS files at http://pipeinfo.org

or

Save Carbon County

will provide free copies of the DEIS on Compact Disc

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact us by e-mail

or find us on Facebook:

"Stop the Fracking Pipeline"

 

Read Times News Sept. 3, 2016

front page story about the pipeline and the DEIS:

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

Copy the letter below and send it to Governor Wolf

Contact Save Carbon County

for paper copies of this and other letters 

 


Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

 

Dear Governor Wolf:


You are to be commended for your concern about methane gas and your strategy to reduce methane emissions in Pennsylvania. As you know, methane is a greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas and has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.
Your strategy to reduce methane emissions includes plans to reduce methane leaks at new natural gas wells, compressor stations, processing facilities, and pipelines. This is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Specifically a hard look needs to be taken at the necessity for new natural gas wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania. The best way to reduce methane emissions would be to focus on renewable energy sources and eliminate Pennsylvania’s focus on natural gas, a resource that is destined to dry up and leave the state’s environment and economy devastated.
The PennEast Pipeline project is a prime example of the unnecessary buildup of methane-producing infrastructure. Skipping Stone, one of the country’s premier energy markets consulting firms, says, “Local gas distribution companies in the Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey market have more than enough firm capacity to meet the needs of customers during peak winter periods.” The New Jersey Rate Counsel, an independent state agency, has gone on record stating PennEast has not demonstrated its proposed pipeline is needed, according to comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The counsel went on to characterize the project as "unduly generous to PennEast and unfair to consumers.”
We urge you to join the thousands of Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents who have spoken out against the PennEast Pipeline. We need you to protect us from the unnecessary production of methane gas and the lasting environmental damage that will result if this project is completed.

 

 

 

 

Pipeline company contractors have been trespassing seemingly at will for over a year. They have entered landowners’ property without permission --even when the landowner was away from home. They have drilled for core samples without permission. They have surveyed with helicopters when they couldn’t get access by land. Landowners have felt like they are the targets of an invading army. 25% of the impacted homeowners in Carbon County have refused to allow PennEast/UGI access to their land. Unfortunately, the company has, in many cases, ignored their wishes and their rights. We are urging homeowners to put up “no trespassing” signs which SAVE CARBON COUNTY will provide at no cost.
 

Impacted Carbon County property owners gave a presentation at the Carbon County Commissioners' regular meeting on Thursday December 10, 2015. They spoke about what the pipeline will do to their property. Some of their homes will become uninhabitable. They have all refused offers from PennEast/UGI to buy their easements.  

To view local news coverage of this  event, click the link below:

Times News 12/11/15 

 

 

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BLUE MOUNTAIN WATER PARK PLANNED

The Blue Mountain Ski Area will be using gas from the proposed pipeline for a gas fueled electric generation facility. The ski area received a $500,000 taxpayer funded grant for the electric generation equipment. The electricity produced will be used to power a planned water park at the ski area. The pipeline will cross Blue Mountain Ski Area lands on its way to Northampton County and the pipeline company plans to install an “interconnect facility” to allow Blue Mountain to access gas from the pipeline. This is the only interconnect planned for Carbon County. It should be noted that the ski area has had plans for a water park years before the PennEast/UGI pipeline was announced. In fact, in plans submitted to Lower Towamensing, UGI had offered to provide a gas connection to the gates of the Blue Mountain facility which means the benefit of the proposed pipeline to the project are significantly overstated. There are no plans to provide other residents of Carbon County with natural gas from the PennEast/UGI pipeline --even if the pipeline crosses their land.

 

 

THUMBS DOWN

FOR SKI RESORT PROJECT

 

Blue Mountain Ski Resort’s “multiphase project” to become a year-round resort is wasteful and environmentally irresponsible. The resort’s plans to build a $20 million-plus water park with a “hot springs-style pool,” a hotel, timeshares, wastewater treatment plant, and a natural gas heat and power plant to be serviced by the proposed PennEast pipeline will come at the expense of dozens, if not hundreds, of acres of habitat in Pennsylvania’s last remaining stretch of unbroken forest along the Kittatinny Ridge.

In response to Blue Mountain Resort’s expansion plans, the 114-mile PennEast pipeline could be extended for an additional 2 miles through State Game Lands 168 east of Little Gap for the so-called “Blue Mountain Connector” to service the resort’s “co-generation” power plant. This plant will be fueled by fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale, which is neither “clean” nor “low cost” but has been proven to contribute as much greenhouse gas to the atmosphere as coal-fired plants, in addition to consuming vast quantities of fresh water for hydrofracking, and land for its massive build-out of pipelines and infrastructure.

Blue Mountain Resort’s outspoken support for the PennEast pipeline to serve its own private interests is a slap in the face to the thousands of Carbon County residents fighting to keep this industrial behemoth away from their own backyards.

The Kittatinny Ridge is an unbroken forested line through Pennsylvania that provides a vitally important north-south pathway for migrating raptors, songbirds, wide-ranging mammals and butterflies, as well as the Appalachian Trail. It is unfortunate that a section of this iconic natural feature has fallen into the hands of a profit-driven corporate entity whose primary goal is to increase its footprint, and its profits, at the expense of Carbon County’s environment and natural resources.

Blue Mountain Resort gets a thumbs-down from this Carbon County resident.

Times News Letter to the Editor 09/11/15

 

 

 

 

 

The Bethlehem Municipal Water Authority owns about 23000 acres of watershed property in Carbon and Monroe Counties. On this property nearly ten billion gallons of water are contained in two reservoirs that supply clean water to 115,000 people and 1315 businesses within the city of Bethlehem, two boroughs and seven townships. This is the only water supply the city has.

In Carbon County, if the PennEast/UGI pipeline follows the current plans, it will lay waste to three miles of wooded watershed property owned by the Water Authority, cross its distribution lines  and run adjacent to several of its water supply facilities. According to the Bethlehem Authority Chairman and the Mayor of Bethlehem: "The PennEast pipeline project, as currently planned, negatively impacts all of these water system facilities."

A report completed by Master Consulting PL in June 2015 recommends that the pipeline route be redesigned to completely avoid the watershed, reservoirs and transmission lines to minimize "the risk of a catastrophic event that could bring undue hardship to thousands of consumers."  

The report by Master Consulting PL and a cover letter from the Bethlehem Authority chairman and the Mayor of Bethlehem was sent to PennEast, FERC, DEP and government officials.To read the letter and report click this link: Master Report.

Even an article published on a fracking industry website notes the fact that: "The idyllic Carbon County acreage where Bethlehem gets its drinking water (has been) called one of the last great places on Earth by one conservancy group."  To read this article Click Here.

In March, 2015 the Bethlehem City Council passed a resolution opposed to the pipeline's proposed route through Water Authority property. To read the Morning Call article and see a photo, click this link  Morning Call.

 

On October 1, 2015 members of Save Carbon County met near the Bethlehem Water Authority watershed at the headwaters of Wild Creek to highlight the dangers to clean water posed by the PennEast/UGI pipeline. To read more about this action by Save Carbon County, click the link below:

 Read Article

 

 

 

 

PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTE

NORTHERN CARBON COUNTY

(Blue Line)

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

    

PROPOSED PIPELINE ROUTE 

SOUTHERN CARBON COUNTY

(Blue Line)

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE CARBON COUNTY

 

We are a member of a regional and two-state effort

to stop the PennEast/UGI pipeline.

We welcome newcomers who share our concerns

and want to learn more and take action.

 

Contact Save Carbon County by email:

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a Project of Save Carbon County

 

Our mailing address is:

Save Carbon County

PO Box 176

Kresgeville, PA 18333

 

Donations to help with the cost

of operating expenses are gratefully accepted.

Make Checks payable to "Save Carbon County" 

 

The proposed PennEast Pipeline enters Carbon County through State Game Lands No. 40 in Kidder Township and continues through Hickory Run State Park, which is one of DCNR’s top-rated Pennsylvania state parks. Hickory Run State Park has three designated natural areas in the northeast section of the park, all of which will be impacted, either directly or indirectly, by the PennEast Pipeline. The Boulder Field Natural Area is a National Natural Landmark globally recognized for its unique geological properties and often cited in scientific research on glacial habitats.  The Mud Swamp Natural Area is an emergent wetland with characteristics more common to boreal areas far to the north, and Mud Run is a Class A wild trout stream with a viable population of native brook trout. These areas are very susceptible to climate change. There are already two existing pipelines and a power line right-of-way in the northeast section of the park within a kilometer of the Boulder Field Natural Area. It appears from the topographic maps submitted by PennEast they will not be sharing one of the existing rights-of-way but have chosen to clear a new right-of-way situated even closer to the natural areas, destroying the beauty of this remote area and opening more pathways for invasive plant and animal species to invade and alter the ecologies of the natural areas.

Leaving Hickory Run State Park, the PennEast Pipeline is routed through natural, undisturbed lands adjacent to the Jack Frost and Big Boulder ski resorts, and then through Penn Forest Township and a section of Weiser State Forest.

The pipeline route continues southward adjacent to the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and then cuts across three miles of watershed forests owned by the Bethlehem Municipal Water Authority near reservoirs, dams and other infrastructure that supplies the city of Bethlehem with clean water.  

After crossing water main pipes leading from the reservoirs and historic, preserved farmland, the PennEast Pipeline slices through Beltzville State Park just east of the confluence of Wild Creek and Pohopoco Creek at the inlet to Beltzville Lake. By crossing these tributaries near the inlet, the pipeline puts both streams, as well as the main body of the lake, at risk for increased sedimentation and pollution. The heavily forested parkland between the two tributaries is a popular hiking area with dense stands of old-growth hemlocks, steep ravines, waterfalls, and stunning views of Wild Creek Cove. The proposed PennEast Pipeline will cut through this section, fragmenting the forest and disrupting a network of popular hiking trails.

Leaving Beltzville State Park the PennEast Pipeline continues in a southeasterly direction crossing watershed lands of the Aquashicola Creek---home to federally endangered bog turtles---in Lower Towamensing Township.  The PennEast Pipeline crosses the Aquashicola Creek at the base of Kittatiny Ridge heading into State Game Lands No. 168. This crossing is very close to the so-called “Alpine Property” that was a subject of controversy  recently when developers proposed building a racetrack along the Kittatiny Ridge in Monroe County. After a twelve-year battle led by The Blue Mountain Preservation Association, The Wildlands Conservancy, and many other conservation groups the development proposal was defeated. The disputed land was incorporated into State Game Lands No. 168 and is now administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Shortly after the settlement a naturalist exploring the area discovered a species of dragonfly never before cataloged in Pennsylvania.  The Brook Snaketail Dragonfly (Ophiogompus asperus) requires a very specific habitat and high quality streams such as that provided by the Aquashicola Creek and its floodplain to breed and survive. Other rare insects have since been found in the vicinity, but their future might now be at stake as the proposed PennEast Pipeline will cut straight through the heart of State Game Lands No. 168, degrading water quality and clearing habitat as it goes.

At the top of the Kittatiny Ridge near the Blue Mountain Ski Resort the PennEast Pipeline route slices through the Appalachian Trail Corridor before leaving Carbon County and entering Northampton County on the southern slope of the Kittatiny Ridge.

 

PennEast wants a 400 foot survey corridor and a 50 foot permanent easement all along the route of their proposed pipeline through private property, watersheds, state parks, forests and game-lands. If they are given what they want, they will permanently remove trees and other vegetation all along the route and use toxic chemicals to prevent future growth. We must prevent this unnecessary devastation of our environment.

WE MUST STOP PENNEAST! 

 

  

 

PIPELINE FACTS

 

The pipeline will run through

Hickory Run State Park

State Game Lands &

Beltzville State Park

 

Everywhere the pipeline goes,

trees will be removed 

in a 100 ft. swath.

 

The pipeline will cross 

53 waterways &

87 wetlands 

causing sweeping damage

to habitats &

protected streams.

 

A compressor station

will be built in

Kidder Township,

lowering property values &

venting pollutants.

 

Homeowners will be forced

to sell pipeline easements

even though this pipeline

is for private profit.

 

The blast impact zone

for this pipeline

is 955 ft.

in all directions.

 

WE CAN STOP

THIS PIPELINE

JOIN US

 

SAVE CARBON COUNTY!

 

 

 

 

 

 Four photos below 

are from

 August 15, 2016

SAVE CARBON COUNTY

Protest at FERC "Non-Hearing"

Penns Peak

 

The Public Hearing that wasn’t a public hearing was held on August 15, 2016

We had approximately 60 people there and 50 gave comments.

Testimony was given behind a black curtain to two disinterested FERC employees.

The press was not allowed to hear testimony.

This was the first time this format was used by FERC.

We think it is because for the first time, they are confronted with

a well-organized opposition in unprecedented numbers.

 

Read NPR's coverage of the protest: 

CLICK HERE

 

Read Times News coverage of the protest:

CLICK HERE

 

               

             

 

 

                             

              

 

   

To view local news coverage of

Save Carbon County

click the links below

 

See TIMES NEWS Article 09/21/2016

 

 See TIMES NEWS article 09/03/2016

 

See TIMES NEWS Editorial 05/06/2016

 

 See TIMES NEWS Article 04/25/16

 

 See TIMES NEWS Article 02/22/16

 

See TIMES NEWS Article 02/12/16

 

See TIMES NEWS Article 12/11/15

 

See WNEP Video and Story

 

See TIMES NEWS Article 11/21/15

 

 

 

 

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