Stop the Chainsaws in the Delaware River Basin! Take Action Today
One email, two phone calls to prevent pipeline destruction
Recent pipeline projects in the Delaware River Basin left “deforested moonscapes” that are adding to storm water runoff and other problems, as Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, put it in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Please act now to stop chainsaws from biting into forests, felling trees in Pike County, in the Delaware River Basin, as part of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Northeast Upgrade (NEUP) project. They’ve already felled old growth trees in New Jersey for the TGP.
For background, please see the Delaware River Voice, “Pipeline on the move: one last chance to stop the chainsaws,” by Maya van Rossum. Trust us, the devil is in the details — we just barely averted tree-felling starting yesterday. Excerpt:
Despite setbacks this week, there is still hope for the forests, trout streams and privately protected woodlands to keep standing and stay healthy while our legal challenges and other battles against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s Northeast Upgrade Pipeline Project (TGP NEUP) wage on.But We Need Your Voice and Those of your Friends to Stop the ChainsawsThis has been a tough week for legal battles that were aimed at halting Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s (TGP) chainsaws from beginning cutting through beautiful pristine elder forests, heating up pristine trout-loving streams and scarring the private lands that so many have worked so hard to protect. But it is still not too late. So before I tell the legal story – please take a moment now to:
- Pick up the phone and make 2 important phone calls to DRBC (609-883-9500 ext 0 or ext 200) and the Army Corps (215-656-6502) to tell them “reopen the DRBC NEUP docket and stop the project while you do the necessary review”.
- Then write an email with a click here.
- Visit our Facebook page to share the news and urge others to act.These 3 actions will take less than 10 minutes of your family’s precious time but could make the world of difference for some of the cleanest habitats of the Delaware River watershed that we want to protect for our young ones.
It is excruciatingly disappointing that the federal courts have rewarded the gamesmanship of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the TGP by denying our efforts to keep the chainsaws from cutting and put the project on hold until the legal challenges which have been legitimately brought can be seen to completion. It is clear to me that FERC, the Pennsylvania DEP, the DRBC and TGP have avoided, violated and undermined the state and federal laws that should be protecting us from the harms of the TGP NEUP and other pipeline projects. The agencies are supposed to protect and serve the public and the environment; but it seems that at every turn they are protecting and serving the pipeline companies and gas drillers to only exacerbate the drilling frenzy devastating our neighbors to the west living in industrial zones and seeing their public lands cut down for the shale gas drillers.
- They got it wrong on TGP NEUP.
- They KNOW they must review and regulate this pipeline’s cut through the forests and parks, so do it NOW, before the cutting begins.
- Demand the DRBC reopen the TGP NEUP docket, do a cumulative review, and hold a public hearing, before allowing the docket and project to go final and cut its path through our communities, forests, creeks and wetlands.