Newsletter: Landowners Sue PennEast for Trespass, 2 Interstate Pipelines Blocked

Posted May 5, 2016

A look at the latest news, facts and figures on fossil fuels, pipelines, renewable energy, energy efficiency and progress on stopping the PennEast pipeline. 

In the News

Lawsuit Says PennEast Illegally Surveying Residents’ Property

By Keith Brown, NJ.com 

Seven residents in Mercer and Hunterdon counties whose property is in the path of the proposed $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline on Monday filed a lawsuit against the company claiming PennEast has been illegally surveying their property without permission. 

The residents were joined by the group Homeowners Against Land Taking – PennEast Inc. (HALT PennEast) and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation in filing the suit, which asks the court to stop PennEast from further trespassing and from using any information from surveys they obtained illegally, according to the suit. Read more.

Related: HALT PennEast Files a Formal Protest With FERC

In Other Pipeline News

natural gas explosion

Source: WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

‘It Was Like Looking Into Hell:’ Natural Gas Explosion Sparks Large Fire in Salem Township

By Ashlie Hardway, WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A natural gas explosion sparked a fire with huge flames Friday in Westmoreland County, leaving one person badly burned, causing damage to nearby utilities and prompting evacuations in the immediate area.

“It looked like you were looking down into hell. As far across my windshield as I could see was just a massive fireball,” said Forbes Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti, describing his arrival at the blast scene near Route 22 and Route 819. Read more.


Christie Sinks Wind Turbines Off Jersey Shore for Second Time

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight

For the second time, Gov. Chris Christie has blocked the development of a pilot offshore wind farm that would be located nearly three miles from Atlantic City.

The governor yesterday vetoed outright a bill (S-988) aimed at paving the way for a 25-megawatt offshore wind project that would be the first such facility built along the Jersey coast. Read more.

In Other Renewable Energy News

By the Numbers

  • $56 Billion
    Amount spent in 2015 in developing renewable energy technologies in the U.S.  Source: Huffington Post
  • 63
    Number of proposed interstate gas pipelines listed on FERC’s website as of May 4, 2016. Source: FERC .gov
  • $587 Billion
    Savings to the U.S. economy from pollution-related health issues if energy sources are switched to 100% renewable by 2050. Source: Stanford University

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