2019 is the last phase of the permitting and regulatory process for NESE.
We’ve been at this for a long time, and now is a critical time to have your voices heard where they can make a difference.
THE BALL IS IN GOVERNOR MURPHY’S COURT!
FERC issued their final Environmental Impact Statement on 1/25/19. They claim that any impacts from NESE will be temporary or minor. Though we disagree and have sent comments about our concerns to FERC, we still continue to anticipate that FERC will issue the Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity since FERC does not seriously consider all that we care about and has only rejected a few pipeline projects (because the company did not have buyers for the gas). The Certificate could be issued as early as the end of February and as late as late April 2019.
Now, it’s up to Governor Murphy and the NJDEP to deny or approve water permit applications. NJDEP can stop the assault on our health, safety and the environment posed by the NESE Project.
Williams/Transco submitted their water permit applications to NJDEP on June 20, 2018. They expect to receive the permits in April 2019, but NJDEP has one calendar year to provide or reject the permit applications.
The proposed Compressor Station 206 and pipeline under Raritan Bay will not be built if Williams/Transco does not get all permits needed from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) & New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
Please see the new summary of concerns with the NESE Project (PDFs attached) for:
- Greenhouse Gases
- Air Quality & Health Impacts
- Safety Risk – Fires or Explosions
- Risks to Water Supply & Groundwater
- Risks from Construction in the Raritan Bay
- NESE is not in the Public Interest
- There is a questionable need for more gas in NY, and NESE thwarts clean energy goals of JJ & NY
Urge Governor Murphy and the NJDEP to look at all aspects of the applications for water permits and hold Williams/Transco to high standards.
- Call Governor Murphy at 609-292-6000.
- Call NJDEP’s Commissioner Catherine McCabe at 609-292-2885.
- Sign letters urging NJDEP to deny the water permit (see attached letter in word and pdf formats)
- Look for online petitions to sign. One is at: https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/act/deny-nese-permits