ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government
to save the environment.”
– Ansel adams

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IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE AND HABITATS

RISKS

  • Leaking fluid during construction
  • Constant noise at compressor station
  • Potential for fires and explosions at compressor station and in pipelines
  • Noise and emissions during construction
  • Destruction of habitat for marine life and wildlife
  • Vessel strikes to marine mammals during offshore construction
  • Construction near Superfund Sites

POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON:

  • marine mammals
  • boating
  • fish
  • fishing
  • shellfish
  • sightseeing
  • horseshoe crabs
  • recreational enjoyment of the outdoors

Compressor Station 206 is proposed to be built next to the Higgins Farm Superfund Site.

The Madison Loop is planned to be constructed within ¼ mile of sites with soil and/or groundwater contamination, and two of these sites (*) are also within ¼ mile of the onshore Raritan Bay Loop.

  1. Road Department Garage Area 3-1
  2. Global Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site
  3. Morgan Ordnance Depot
  4. 1788 Route 35 in Sayreville, NJ *
  5. Morgan Fire House*
  6. E.I. Dupont Denemours and Company site

Additionally, cleanup Areas 7 and 11 (Jetty Sector) of the Raritan Bay Slag NPL site are located within the Project facility construction area in Raritan Bay at Cheesequke Creek Inlet.  This jetty area in Sayreville is encapsulated with the slag (lead in the form of blast furnace bottoms from a lead smelter).  The EPA’s 2013 report also revealed arsenic in the soil here.  EPA cleanup of the three sections of the Raritan Bay Slag site is proposed to start with the Margaret’s Creek area and then work on the Seawall area (both in Old Bridge) while addressing the Jetty Sector last.

Noise affects marine mammals, and the most significant is noise from use of vibratory hammers to install piling in the Bay. According to Williams/Transco’s application for Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA), the offshore construction of NESE is predicted to have a harmful impact on:

  • 15 Gray Harbor Seals,
  • 32 Harbor Seals,
  • 4 Harp Seals,
  • 46 Bottlenose Dolphins,
  • 4 Harbor Porpoises, and
  • 20 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins

In other words, they requested permission to “take” aka “disturb” (level B harassment) this number of marine mammals during construction.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) defines Level B harassment as any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance that has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.  NOAA Fisheries defines the threshold level for Level B harassment at 160 dBL re 1μPa for impulsive sound, averaged over the duration of the signal.