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.


 

NEWS


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

Please Intervene again by March 8, 2019

FERC filed a Notice of Amended Application for PennEast and a new docket # CP19-78. Their notice, linked below, indicates a call for intervenors and comments by March 8.

https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=15163369

Land owners should always intervene, even if you know what FERC’s going to do. We urge all HALT members to intervene in this matter. You do NOT have to be a directly impacted homeowner to intervene. Any indirectly impacted or concerned citizen is entitled to speak their voice and state why they are intervening. For instance Lambertville residents, although not on the route are impacted by the risks to the high risk dam the PennEast route goes right by.  Several members of the same household or family may intervene.

HALT has a petition for review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. To maintain standing as the case moves forward, HALT’s members should be involved in all aspects of this project.

If you are a landowner you should say:
I make this motion to intervene as an owner of land that would be directed impacted by the
PennEast pipeline project. No one else can represent my interests.

The CAPs developed instructions for previous and new interveners, below. Please feel free to distribute or use.

Instructions:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/penneastfiles/Intervenor-Instructions-CP19-78.pdf?fbclid=IwAR16Y4OvfymqxCA350Q1SJ3w50HCjX3R-SLVnXd4Q6ctE5i0ET7T3sUuUiQ

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

Sixty concerned residents of NJ, including many homeowners directly impacted by the proposed PennEast pipeline have submitted a formal letter of complaint to New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. They assert that Laurence Downes, CEO and Chairman of New Jersey Resources, a principle owner of PennEast, appears to have a significant conflict of interest given his official roles within the state of New Jersey while his company has a major proposal, the PennEast Pipeline proposal, before the state.

They cite that Mr. Downes has been appointed as Chairman of the Economic Development Authority which is worrisome because pipeline companies routinely tout the economic development that their projects will bring to a state or region as a reason for approving them. They go on to point out that Mr. Downes is also heading a committee to help finance the renovation of Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion. They claim these roles position Mr. Downes as an “insider” at the same time his company (NJR) must obtain two critical Clean Water Act permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) in order for it to be constructed.

Ros Westlake, from Delaware Township, New Jersey, one of the signers emphasized. “We are in no way alleging that any such favorable treatment has occurred (or will occur) from the administration, but the appearance of Mr. Downes possible conflict is glaring and disturbing.” TC and Joe Buchanan, other signers to the letter and owners of a small farm in Hunterdon County said, “We have been encouraged by Attorney General Grewal’s actions to protect NJ’s open space, as well as, the vigorous challenging of FERC’s flawed conditional approval of this unneeded pipeline and we want to make sure the light was shone on this obvious conflict of interest on the part of Mr. Downes.”

Michael Heffler, a homeowner from Lambertville, said, “It is only fair that we ask that Mr. Downes be required to step down from his role on the Economic Development Authority, the committee to renovate Drumthwacket, and any other prominent or influential role he holds in the State of New Jersey while his company’s applications are pending before state agencies”.

Various news outlets including Politico and TAPinto (Article) have reported on this homeowner action. In addition, several state and local political leaders have supported this action – the most recent being the Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders who have passed a resolution supporting HALT’s correspondence to the Attorney General on behalf of the homeowners. Freeholder Lanza noted that “the homeowners…are asking legitimate questions.” The Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders has also issued a press release. The PennEast proposal continues to receive strong opposition in spite of the fact the company was recently granted eminent domain by the US Federal Court, District of New Jersey.

Note:  Letter to the Attorney General & Hunterdon Freeholders resolution supporting HALT can be found on HALT’s website: https://haltpenneast.org

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

‘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.