Reading today’s superb Philadelphia Inquirer story on the growing opposition to the Penn East pipeline brought back powerful memories of my over 20 years living in Hopewell and West Amwell, towns targeted and in the pipeline corridor path of destruction, see:
Opposition greets proposed Marcellus Shale-Trenton pipeline
The farm in the Inquirer story photo is on my former favorite bike loop, a lovely and historic landscape I’d photographed and something I’d written about, see:
Ringoes – Rosemont Loop
Sourland Mountains Loop
A couple of years ago I also photographed how some of the local streams that were suffering severe erosion problems already, from poor farming practices and utility right of way destruction, see:
Bank Assets Eroding In NJ
Get the Cows Out of the Stream
All of which reminded me that I also had some good photos on how destructive pipeline construction is, see:
This Is What Pipeline Construction Looks Like (Part 1)
This is What Pipeline Construction Looks Like (Part 2)
But those construction impacts are not short term –
So, I thought I’d put it all together and let the Penn East pipeline opponents have a look at what pipelines do to streams – there are irreversible and permanent impacts.
I am not claiming that these erosion problems are 100% caused by the pipeline crossings and ROW destruction.
However, many impacts are directly related and the pipeline ROW destruction of vegetation and stream crossing destruction only makes existing problems far worse.