DRBC Stop PennEast - Petition for Individuals
Let us know if you want to sign on to this petition to urge DRBC to reject the PennEAst pipeline and position itself to take strong action on all future fracked gas pipelines in our region and watershed.
Executive Director Steven Tambini
Delaware River Basin Commission
25 Cosey Road
P.O. Box 7360
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360
Dear DRBC Commissioners,
It is time for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to act on the PennEast pipeline!
It’s time to REJECT the project and CLOSE the file.
The actions you take and the decisions you make regarding the PennEast pipeline are setting precedent for every other pipeline to follow.
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware waterways, the natural landscapes that dictate the health of their water resources, and all of the communities that depend on healthy waters, healthy forests, and the healthy economies that healthy waterways and ecosystems provide -- are being hard hit by the onslaught of fracked gas pipelines emanating from the fracking shale fields.
It has been over 3 ½ years since the PennEast pipeline company filed its application with the DRBC. Since that time organizations, communities, along with their experts, have documented the false, misleading and missing information in the PennEast application materials; we have demonstrated the irreparable harm that PennEast would inflict if constructed; there have been significant route changes; and a federal court ruling has upheld the right of the state of New Jersey to deny PennEast the power of eminent domain to take and/or infringe on its property rights which will necessarily result in a new round of route changes.
All the while the devastating impacts of climate change – a human induced catastrophe in large part driven by fracking and their pipelines – including on communities, environments and water resources are growing at an unprecedented and soon to be unstoppable rate.
It is time for the Delaware River Basin Commission to make clear it has jurisdiction over the entire pipeline right of way (every square inch and every impacted resource) and then to step up and deny a docket to the PennEast pipeline.
At this time when the federal government is working hard to reduce the authority states have to protect their water resources, and given the massive explosion of gas drilling and associated infrastructure, the role of the Delaware River Basin Commission to protect the water resources of our region, is more important than ever.
It is no longer legally appropriate, nor morally defensible, for you to continue to keep the application file open and leave communities and natural resources across the basin threatened with harm from the ever-present PennEast-axe hanging over our heads.
Phone number in case we need to follow up
I plan to attend the DRBC December 11 Commissioners meeting taking place 10 AM at Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pa.
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