TAKE A LOOK at this amazing video that illustrates a flyover of the proposed PennEast pipeline route through Kingwood Township (created by Mike Spille, of the informative blog CostofthePipeline.com). It helps us visualize the devastating financial and environmental impacts of the route which would run through our neighbors’ homes, property and farms in many instances mere feet from homes and wells, gouge forests, streams, steep slopes, wetlands, and preserved open space. For gas that isn’t needed and the NJ Rate Council has determined would RAISE rates for consumers! Keep reading for a guided tour or just watch the video! PennEast pipeline is UNNEEDED, UNWANTED and UNFAIR to consumers!!!! This pipeline is FAR from a done deal. WE NEED YOU TO COME OUT on April 8 (11am to 2pm) at the Prahlsville Mills in Stockton to help us continue to fight this unneeded, unwanted pipeline that would harm people, the economy, our water supply and the environment. For more information, see https://haltpenneast.org.
THE VIDEO BEGINS following a red line of the 36 inch pipeline itself through the Township plus a 50 foot permanent easement of clear cut that will be left after the pipeline is installed-FOREVER. The light blue areas next to the red line are the various construction zones and finally the harder to see gray color on each side of the red line shows the 400 foot wide corridor within which the route can easily change (changes beyond that are possible but would need some additional approvals). What it does not show are the access roads for moving pipes and heavy equipment and valve stations (which inevitably leak hazardous, yet invisible and odorless, gas).
THE PIPELINE ROUTE guided tour through Kingwood: The video begins, facing south, at proposed pipeline mile marker 87.6, at the hemlock ravine and steep slopes of Nishisakawick Creek at the Frenchtown/Alexandria/Kingwood border, which is preserved open space. Continuing south through forests and farms, at about 88.1, to the right (west) you see Frenchtown’s water tower. At 88.2 the route crosses Ridge Road, followed by more steep slopes and Little Nishisakawick Creek. Near 88.8 it crosses Route 12 (labeled Frenchtown-Flemington Road) and then preserved farmland. From about 89.1-89.6 is the preserved open space, Horseshoe Bend Park East, and a branch of Copper Creek. At 89.9 the route would cross another steep slope, preserved farmland, Copper Creek, then Spring Hill Road and several farms. At 90.8 the route
comes within mere feet of homes, then crosses Route 519 and more preserved farmland. At 91.3, the shaded area coming in from the left (east) would be a 1,500’ spur to accommodate the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) apparatus and whatever that entails (hydrofracturing, blasting, spoils piles, hydrofracking fluid lagoons, etc.). Despite going underground, a permanent treeless 50’ ROW would be maintained above the length of the HDDs.
The route from about 91.9 to 92.1 would cut through the Barbertown-Point Breeze Road solar energy field and under several bends of the Lockatong Creek to emerge 6,000’ later (unless they decide “it’s too hard” like happened in Transco’s pipeline route through similar geology) near 92.6 in Muddy Run Preserve (preserved open space), which would be the other end of the horizontal drilling section (again, to include hydrofracturing equipment, spoils piles, mud lagoons, and/or whatever HDD requires); through Kingwood-Locktown Road and Cross Country Nurseries, to go underground for HDD again from 93.1 to 93.4 and from 93.4 to 94, under the Wickecheoke Creek twice and Featherbed Road. The route then would enter Delaware Township about 94.5 and cross Hewitt Road at the end of the video. Notice how, what they call “colocation” is
simply ADJACENT to the existing power line ROW and would still involve clearcutting forests.
This pipeline is FAR from a done deal. WE NEED YOU TO COME OUT on April 8 (11am to 2pm) at the Prahlsville Mills in Stockton to help us continue to fight this unneeded, unwanted pipeline that would harm people, the economy, our water supply and the environment. For more information, see https://haltpenneast.org. PLEASE SHARE!!!!!
[Note: The video route doesn’t show that PennEast would create and use several access roads (most are families’ driveways) that would be used for heavy equipment during construction (near 88.6, 88.9, 89.5, 93.4, and 93.9), a valve station near 90.4, and a pipe storage yard near 94.1.] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cawpP3Hc-Vo PLEASE SHARE!