WHAT ABOUT PROPERTY, FORESTS, CROPLAND AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
GAS PIPELINES LEFT A BARREN SWATH THROUGH PARKS AND FORESTS OF NEW JERSEY
The construction left a barren swath through 7.6 miles in Bergen and Passaic counties and nearly 11 miles in Sussex County, prompting worries about possible erosion and road collapses from snowmelt and spring rains.
“I’m concerned about the amount of erosion into streams and wetlands that could occur — we’re going to have a lot of runoff with all this snow,” said Carl Richko, a member of the New Jersey Highlands Council and former mayor of West Milford.
Diane Wexler, a Vernon resident and co-founder of the advocacy group North Jersey Pipeline Walkers, agreed. “There’s always that concern about erosion because the clear-cuts are often on such steep slopes,” she said. “And the replantings by the company have been nominal. Some of the new trees are 6-inch saplings. It’s nothing but deer candy.”
GAS PIPELINE RUPTURES UNDERNEATH RARITAN RIVER
A gas pipeline owned by PSE&G ruptured today under the Raritan River, causing two geysers of natural gas to erupt near the Northeast Corridor rail bridge.
The ruptured line has sent strong odors of natural gas wafting through the area, with complaints of the smell coming from as far away as Highland Park High School.
LOCAL FARMERS AGAINST PROPOSED PIPELINE
The Hepler family has made a living for seven generations plowing fields and tending livestock on their farm in Eldred Township. They have overcome many setbacks over that time, but a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through that section of Schuylkill County has Jim Hepler and other farmers concerned about their livelihoods.
In Nebraska, a similar situation resulted in a county district judge ruling that the state governor did not have the authority to allow TransCanada TRP seize private land for a 300-mile segment of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Martic Township supervisors in Lancaster County recently approved a resolution banning the construction of the same pipeline through their community. It was the first municipality to pass such an ordinance in Pennsylvania, but it may not be the last.
FARMERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF CLIMATE CHANGE STAND AGAINST FRACKED GAS PIPELINE
People from all over the state came together at the Vermont Working Landscape Summit, farmers at the center of Vermont’s future took a strong stand against the proposed fracked gas pipeline in Addison County.
“If Governor Shumlin wants to know how to strengthen our state and our land-based economy, he should listen to the people who are devoted to our land. We farmers are on the frontlines, and this pipeline is the wrong choice for our land and our economy,” said
Jim Ellefson of Stoney Lonesome Farm in Leicester.
Ellefson and almost 50 farmers from across the state signed an open letter calling on Governor Shumlin to protect Vermont and on the Public Service Board to deny a Certificate of Public Good for the 70-mile pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury and under Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, NY.
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