Urgent, We Need Your Help
FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the PennEast Pipeline is here.
On Friday, July 22, 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed PennEast pipeline. There is a very short period for the public to comment – the comment period ends September 12, 2016.
This DEIS is riddled with data gaps and incomplete information. How is it possible for FERC to determine that there are no environmental impacts with so much information missing? The DEIS should be withdrawn until PennEast has submitted all of the required data. With your help, we can act now, comment to the docket and make a public record as well.
It is critical that you act during the next 48 days.
Between now and September 12, there are a number of actions we must each take to show FERC our profound opposition to this dangerous, unneeded pipeline. We must make our voices heard during this important comment period. There are 2 ways you can help.
Action Item #1 – Please submit comments to the PennEast Docket (#CP15-558-000):
Comment 1 – Demand that FERC withdraw the DEIS because it is incomplete;
Comment 2 – Demand that FERC to extend the public comment period until a complete DEIS is available for review; and
Comment 3 – Comment many times, each time point out a specific problems in the DEIS, including assumptions, missing information, and issues that are either ignored or insufficiently addressed. NOTE: Need comment topics and help? There are a series of comment workshops for you, see schedule is below.
Comments submitted to FERC during this period become part of the legal record in FERC’s mandatory environmental review. Our goal is to submit as many substantial, fact-based comments as possible. Intervenors’ comments and landowners’ comments carry more weight, and FERC must respond to each relevant comment. However, this is a public comment period so everyone can comment, and there is still time to register as an intervenor is you have not done so.
In your comments to FERC, it is important that you raise as many different points as possible. You should include detailed notes, specific data and unique stories about how you, your family, your community, and your property or business would be impacted by PennEast.
Action Item #2 – Please attend one or more of the FERC Public Hearings
FERC will hold six public hearings at which the public can comment on the DEIS. It is critical that as many people as possible attend these hearings.
Monday, August 15, 6-10pm – Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, PA, 18229
Monday, August 15, 6-10pm – Best Western Lehigh Valley & Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Tuesday, August 16, 6-10pm – Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater, Hunterdon Ballroom, 111 West Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Tuesday, August 16, 6-10pm – Peddler’s Village (Lahaska and Neshaminy Rooms), Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA 19831
Wednesday, Aug 17, 6-10pm – Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Wednesday, Aug 17, 6-10pm – Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial, George Washington Ballroom, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608
Please email us with any questions about the DEIS or upcoming DEIS workshops.