Our Land. Our Neighbors. Our Community


The PennEast pipeline is an unnecessary infrastructure project that will only benefit the companies who own it, and whose costs will be borne by residents in the area. In response to the PennEast threat, we formed HALT PennEast. We are average citizens who have joined forces to stop this pipeline.


Monthly Report To Stakeholders


Stand Up Music Video – Native Americans on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

NEW! April 2021 Report To Stakeholders

April 2021 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “A landmark United Nations report is expected to declare that
reducing emissions of methane, the main component of natural
gas, will be a critical step in achieving a near immediate
slowdown in the rate of global warming.”

February 2021 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of PennEast v. New Jersey.”

January 2021 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “The Jan. 19th meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
turned into a big setback for PennEast.”

December 2020 Report to Stakeholders

Excerpt: “There are only two remaining permits to be issued by the PA. Dept. of
Environmental Protection (PADEP) for the shortened Pennsylvania-only
PennEast pipeline.”

November 2020 Report to Stakeholders

Excerpt: The Trump administration is rushing forward on a roll back of bird protections.”

October 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “The PennEast Pipeline project continues to be stalled with no progress in months.  The
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has yet to accept the inadequate
Environmental Assessment which was done for the Phase 1 Project…”

September 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “On Sept. 17th , the judge in the Constitution Pipeline eminent domain proceedings ordered
the reversal of condemnation orders…”

August 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt:On Sept. 2nd the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded the
opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment for the new Phase 1 (PA
only) pipeline project.

July 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro has issued a Grand Jury Report that concludes that
Pennsylvania regulatory agencies have failed to protect the public from the negative
impacts of fracking for gas.”

June 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: The Supreme Court has finally taken action on the PennEast appeal of the State of New Jersey case. The Court has asked the Solicitor General to submit a brief.

May 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “The original PennEast pipeline has two important permits that have yet to be granted by the PADEP. The Chapter 102 Permit concerns erosion and sediment control.”

April 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “As reported earlier, on January 30th PennEast filed an application for a new Pennsylvania-only pipeline which they call “Phase I.”

March 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “All local Carbon County governments along the pipeline route and the County government have signed on as intervenors except Kidder Township.”

Febuary 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: PennEast has created a new project that they are calling Phase 1.  FERC has accepted the application and granted a new docket number (CP20-47).  This is a project to build 68 miles of the original route through PA.  This is a PA-only pipeline that follows the originally proposed route but ends in Bethlehem Twp. where it will connect to the Adelphia Gateway Project which is another pipeline project with a separate docket number (CP18-46).”

January 2020 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt:As noted in last month’s report, PennEast Pipeline has asked FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) for an extension of two more years in which to get the project operational.  FERC has not yet scheduled a hearing on the extension request.

December 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt:Today, the PennEast Pipeline asked FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) for an “extension of time.” […] If they manage to complete the pipeline by 2022, it will be five years behind schedule.

October 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: Yesterday, the Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (9,120 barrels) of oil into wetlands in North Dakota. The leak is already the eighth-largest pipeline oil spill of the last decade.”

Sept 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “On September 10th, a three-judge panel of the 3rd District Appeals Court, overturned an earlier ruling and upheld the State of New Jersey’s appeal.

August 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: PennEast resubmitted its application for a certification under the Clean Water Act to the New Jersey DEP on August 8th.

July 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: Save Carbon County has been approved for a $1,000 Sierra Club grant to help fund our efforts in fighting the pipeline.

June 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “When we started our efforts to defeat PennEast, we hoped that delays in the project would provide time for the market for gas to plunge.”

April 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “As noted in the March report, PennEast filed for approval of a route change on 2/19/19 and asked for FERC approval of that route change by 7/1/19.”

Mar 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: PennEast filed for important approvals with both the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this month.

Feb 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “According to a reports filed with the PA Dept. of State, pipeline companies have spent more than $37.7 million on lobbying our representatives in Harrisburg.”

January 2019 Report To Stakeholders

Excerpt: “On Dec. 14th, landowners in NJ received a final judgement in their Eminent Domain hearing.”

NEWS


APRIL UPDATE

We hope you are all keeping well. Please find a number of updates and important information below. Please take the time to read and note there are two specific actions we are asking of you at this time. We look forward to seeing you virtually during our April member’s meeting – details to follow.

SCOTUS Update:

1)  Oral arguments to be heard on April 28th at 11am. You can listen live on http://www.cspan.org

2)   All briefings and filings have now concluded.

3)   A decision is expected sometime during June 2021. If you would like to access any of the filings regarding this case, they are available at the following https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/19-1039.html directly on the Supreme Court Website. They are sorted by date.

FERC Update:

1)      On February 18, 2021 FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding the Certification of Interstate Natural Gas Facilities, Docket PL18-1-000.  This is a revival of an NOI from 2018.  At that time, over 3,000 comments were received from stakeholders, but FERC took no action.  Under its new Chairperson, Richard Glick, FERC is expanding its initial inquiry to reflect changes promulgated by executive orders, regulations and statutes, and to build on the existing record. 

2)      There is no need to resubmit comments from the 2018 docket.  New information, suggestions and examples are the goal of this inquiry.

3)      You can find potential comment points and instructions courtesy of NJCF via this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/hub6r9mbq9ceisq/FERC.Comment.Instructions.2021.pdf?dl=0  The deadline for comments on this docket is May 26th, 2021. We are specifically requesting that you file comments on this docket before the deadline.

4)      FERC has launched an Office of Public Participation (OPP). More information on this Office and its launch process can be found here: https://www.ferc.gov/news-events/events/workshop-regarding-creation-office-public-participation-04162021. If you want to comment on this issue – the deadline is Friday, April 23rd. Instructions for filing can be found at the above link. This is a ‘nice to have’ request. The NOI request above is much more important.

5)      FERC reform bills – currently there are a few pending bills in committee stage in both chambers of congress. Rep. Watson Coleman has introduced HR2115 with Rep. Malinowski and others as co-sponsors. Please contact your elected representatives (Senate and House) to encourage them to request the reform bills be taken up at the Committee level to advance.

6)      As a reminder the PennEast Amended Certificate docket was removed from the January agenda and has not been rescheduled. Based upon comments by the commissioners, this may be held until the consolidated case in the 3rd Circuit is resolved. The consolidated case is held in abeyance until the resolution of the SCOTUS case.

Elected Officials Update:

1)  Visits to homeowners.  Rep. Malinowski visited 6 affected properties during the past two weeks. We took this opportunity to discuss a number of topics. An update will be shared during the April Member’s Meeting.

2)  Letter to Biden Administration. Rep. Malinowski is planning to send a letter to the Biden Administration regarding the Solicitor General’s Brief, the treatment of landowners, and the lack of need for this project. Rep. Malinowski will be reaching out to the new EPA administration in Washington to bring them up to date on PennEast and request they focus on the critical environmental and related impacts

3)  CAPs efforts to introduce Township Resolutions. Lambertville CAP committee is introducing a resolution at the next City Council meeting calling upon our elected officials (state and federal) to state their position on the pipeline and reaffirm their opposition. Draft language will be shared to all local CAPs to pursue within other townships and communities.

4)  CAP Webinar.  A Multi-CAP update zoom webinar was held on April 20th with Lambertville as the organizer and host. A recording of the session can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTdsKHR_1lI

PA DEP:  No recent updates.

DRBC Update: Application is under review – no recent updates. Comments are still being accepted via email at penneastapp@drbc.gov. The project page is  https://www.nj.gov/drbc/programs/project/penneast.html

NJ DEP:  No current valid application submitted. No update.

April HALT Update – April 25th, 2021

HALT March Virtual Member Meeting – March 22nd, 2021

February HALT Update – February 12th, 2021

February HALT Update – February 8th, 2021

December HALT Update – December 2nd, 2020

Positive News – September 23rd, 2020

September HALT Update – September 7th, 2020

FERC Deadline Reminder – August 29th, 2020

August HALT Update – August 12th, 2020

Supreme Court Update, NJCF Statement, and Tolling Orders Update— July 1st, 2020

Request for Homeowners to Submit a Comment to FERC–May 5th, 2020

APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER– April 26th, 2020

HALT’s February 26, 2020 Meeting Summary–March 4th, 2020

An Important Time To Have Our Voices Heard: Move To Intervene By March 4, 2020–February 16th 2020

PennEast Update — January 11th 2020

PennEast Seeks Supreme Court Review–November 19th 2019

Where Things Stand At This Time–November 4th & 5th 2019

NJDEP Denied PennEast’s Submitted Application–Oct 11th 2019

Tell NJDEP to Reject PennEast Now!–September 18th 2019

Putting Together Our Game Plan — August 29th 2019

PennEast Application Resubmitted to NJDEP — August 12th 2019

Meeting Highlights — June 19th 2019

Governor Murphy & NJDEP Deny Permits To Build Contested Pipeline — June 8th 2019

More Uncertainty for PennEast and FERC — March 20th 2019

HALT Says FERC Lacks Jurisdiction to Amend PennEast’s Application; Pipeline Cannot Be Built Without an Act of Congress — March 18th 2019

Please Intervene By March 8, 2019 — February 24th, 2019

Homeowners Claim PennEast Official has Major Conflict of Interest — February 21st 2019

HALT Letter to Attorney General & Hunterdon Freeholders Support — February 2019

Homeowner Update From Judge — January 17th 2019

PennEast Discussions With Lawyers — January 16th 2019

Court Order Entered — January 11th 2019

Surveying — January 5th 2019

Keeping directly impacted homeowners informed — February 7th 2018

FERC May Have Rubber Stamped PennEast’s Application – But The Real Fight Has Just Begun! — January 19th 2018

Confirmed the nominations of FERC Commissioners McIntyre and Glick — November 3rd 2018

HALT & Homeowner’s Legal Actions — 2017

FERC Nominees Are Confirmed — August 3rd 2017

NJDEP Denies PennEast’s Request for a Permit Application Extension! — 2017

Pipeline Impacts in the Delaware River Basin


“We hope that everyone will share these findings with the public, with your members, and with decision-makers evaluating natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in the Delaware River Basin and beyond.  They tell an important story regarding the significant environmental and social costs of these projects, and the horror stories from construction of Mariner East 2 show how real the risks are, and how damaging these projects can be to our water resources, and impacted landowners and communities!”

Tom Gilbert–Campaign Director for Energy, Climate and Natural Resources, New Jersery Conservation Foundation

‘The Climate Change Apocalypse;’ Alix Bacon


This painting is a response to the threat of the proposed PennEast pipeline. It is a threat to our community, our environment, our agricultural and cultural resources as well as global climate.  I call it “The Climate Change Apocalypse.”  It depicts how the places we call home, such as the Rosemont Valley, our global home, including Manhattan, and the glaciers and seas will be impacted by climate change if we cannot stop the use of fossil fuels and the proliferative infrastructure it brings.


Our community is fighting to defend our “peaceable kingdom.”  This is why we are working together to stop PennEast and climate change before it is too late.

Alix Bacon.