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PennEast, FERC & the DRBC—Next Steps

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PennEast, FERC & the DRBC—Next Steps

Sign on to Urge DRBC to Find PennEast’s Application Deficient

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has had its quorum restored, that does not mean that the PennEast Pipeline is a foregone conclusion.  FERC may rubberstamp the pipeline, but the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and even the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) all have the power to stop the pipeline and may still say “No.” 

On April 21, 2017 the US Army Corps of Engineers went on record stating that the application materials submitted for the proposed PennEast pipeline was incomplete. The Corps notes that in significant sections of the proposed pipeline route, the pipeline company does not have the landowner survey access necessary to compile this information and as a result the Corps has no estimate as to when it might conduct its review or make its final determinations regarding the project. 

On April 26, 2017 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a determination that the PennEast application materials submitted to the state were, similarly, incomplete and issued a formal deficiency determination.  The deficient materials prevents NJDEP decisionmaking regarding the project.  

Now, DRBC needs to hear from us. Sign your name on to this letter urging DRBC to:

  •   formally determine that the information on the record with the DRBC is inadequate and incomplete and as a result DRBC will not be undertaking any consideration of the PennEast Pipeline project at this time,
  •   confirm DRBC will not hold any public hearings until such time as the information filed with the DRBC is demonstrated and verified to be both complete and accurate, 
  •   make clear, for the public, FERC and PennEast, that the DRBC intends to enforce its authority that “DRBC review and approval are required prior to the commencement of any water withdrawal, discharge, or earth disturbance activities.”    (This last point is particularly important given restoration of the FERC quorum and so a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity may be imminent). 

Sign your name to this request now: http://bit.ly/DRBC_DeficiencySignOn

And on September 13 at 10:30, join us for the next DRBC Business Meeting at the Linksz Pavillion (on the campus of Bucks County Community College) to help deliver the letter to the DRBC Commissioners.

Location:

Linksz Pavillion, Bucks County Community College

275 Swamp Road

Newtown, PA 18940

Read more about the proposed PennEast Pipeline and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s ongoing efforts to oppose it here:  http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/ongoing-issues/penneast-pipeline-project