The TN Gas Pipeline is a dirty project. If built it would carry fracked gas 40 miles from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania into Mahwah NJ. Fracking is a highly controversial method of gas drilling that has been linked to over 1,000 cases of drinking water contamination. Gas from fracking also has a climate impact greater than both coal and oil, and will lead to accelerated warming, sea level rise and more extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy, which brought devastation upon our vulnerable coastal communities. The TN Gas Pipeline project requires clear-cutting huge swaths of hardwood forest and drilling under critically sensitive water bodies including the Delaware River and Monksville Reservoir, which collectively provide clean drinking water for over 12 million New Jersey families. In total over 800 acres of land will be impacted, including some of New Jersey’s most pristine public parks and ecologically sensitive lands. The project would impact 5 New Jersey counties, and is being built primarily on public parklands that The Kinder Morgan corporation, a huge multinational oil and gas pipeline outfit, acquired through a series public sales for pennies on the dollar. Note here that Kinder Morgan is the same company threatening to poison first nations in Canada and destroy the climate with it’s newly proposed and expanded Tar Sands export pipeline from Alberta to BC.
In New Jersey the TN Gas pipeline project includes the sale of 17 acres by The Bergen County Freeholders for a total compensation package of $700,000 US dollars - a mere fraction of what local tax payers purchased the land for just 2 years earlier. This is the predictable outcome for a company who’s mission statement should read “Exploit, Deplete and Abandon.”
Let's Stop the TN Gas Pipeline. Sign up for a public rally to raise awareness about the need to protect our air, land, water and climate from this pipeline disaster. See you in West Milford next Saturday!