PennEast Isn't Needed

PennEast:
A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Tell New Jersey to stop PennEast.

PennEast Threatens Communities

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PennEast: Unneeded. Unwanted. Unsafe.

What Is PennEast?

The PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, proposes to construct a 118-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania through towns in Mercer and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.

PennEast is a partnership that includes the following companies:

  • NJR Pipeline Company, an affiliate of New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG);
  • SJI Midstream LLC, an affiliate of South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas;
  • UGI Energy Services; and
  • Enbridge (formerly Spectra Energy).

The PennEast pipeline would threaten the health and safety of our communities, private landowners, taxpayer-preserved open space, our drinking water, and significant natural and historic resources.

PennEast Isn’t Needed

The proposed PennEast pipeline has been described as “a solution in search of a problem.” Data and analysis show the pipeline isn’t necessary to meet demand, reduce natural gas prices, or ensure a reliable, low-cost transition to a clean energy future.

Crossing the Delaware River and more than 4,300 acres of preserved lands in New Jersey, the pipeline will threaten significant natural and historic resources. It would damage scores of pristine, protected streams and jeopardize populations of threatened and endangered species such as long-tailed salamanders.

PennEast would bring an additional one billion cubic feet per day of fracked gas into Hunterdon and Mercer counties, adding to at least 1.3 billion cubic feet of excess capacity already serving New Jersey’s needs. The project would condemn nearly 150 private properties and public open spaces, all for a project that New Jersey’s utility consumer watchdog called “unneeded” and “unfair to ratepayers” who would foot the bill.

New Jersey currently has substantial excess pipeline capacity to meet its needs — even during extreme cold periods — and PennEast would add to this capacity unnecessarily. By creating a further glut in capacity, PennEast would increase costs to New Jersey consumers by $180 million to $280 million per year.

PennEast is opposed by every New Jersey municipality in its path, as well as many federal, state, and local elected officials. PennEast significantly overstated the number of total jobs it would create “by approximately two-thirds or more,” one study found.

A recent economic impact analysis presented to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation found that the number of jobs PennEast claims its pipeline would create was significantly overstated. The report also noted that “half or more” of the jobs would go to workers who live outside New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and only 10 permanent jobs would be created in New Jersey.

Eminent Domain

Despite the pipeline not being approved, PennEast developers are seizing land from New Jersey homeowners via eminent domain.

Environmental Impacts

How does natural gas affect the environment? The proposed PennEast pipeline would have a devastating and
lasting effect on our land, water, forests and wildlife.

Explosion & Safety Risks

PennEast plans to cut costs on pipeline safety. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) determined that the federal pipeline safety statutes do not provide an adequate level of safety for the public. As a result, they have enacted far more stringent rules in the state to help prevent pipeline accidents, requiring that thicker Class 4 pipeline be used.

Impact on Preserved Land

Preserved lands are often targeted for linear developments like pipelines, as they provide the least expensive routes.

Bonnie Watson Coleman, U.S. Representative (D – District 12)

“The pipeline proposed by the PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC…would adversely and permanently affect critical forest and water resources that provide essential habitat and other natural resource services.”

Tom Malinowski U.S. Representative (D-District 7)

“The PennEast pipeline threatens waterways, farmland, open space, and private land in one of the most beautiful natural areas of New Jersey, with no clear demonstration of economic need for our state. I strongly oppose its construction, and as a member of Congress I will support tightening the rules that allow such pipelines to be approved in the first place.”

Christopher "Kip" Bateman, State Senator, (R-District 16)

“This pipeline is terrible. This one has to be stopped.”

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