Riverkeeper hosts a pipeline tour; protester threatens to block gas company earthmovers
The groups walked parts of the gas pipeline that were installed almost a year ago in November.
The controversial section of the pipeline near Milford is part of the TGP 300 Line Project, which will carry gas from the Marcellus shale gas fields in mid-Pennsylvania to markets in New Jersey and New York. TGP decided to avoid crossing the Delaware Water Gap National and Recreational Area, anticipating the park’s opposition based on informal conversations with park officials.
Local residents near the site of the 7.1-mile cut on Cummins Hill Road have been protesting the project for months, holding public demonstrations to raise local awareness.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Milford loop at the end of May but the Eastern Environmental Law Center, the Pike County commissioners, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Sierra Club and New Jersey Highlands Coalition are challenging the approval and have requested a rehearing.
“This pipeline project will have devastating impacts on the region and we need to work together to stop this new line from being built,” said Kate Millsaps, conservation program coordinator for the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This line goes through some of our most environmentally sensitive areas to deliver gas to a region where demand for gas is dropping. This tour is an opportunity for concerned citizens and neighbors to learn more and will offer ways they can get involved in opposing and defeating the project in its entirety, because we do not need to expand this infrastructure to carry more gas produced through the dangerous technique called fracking.”
TGP did not return a call for comment.
Another public tour is planned for November 11 at 10 a.m. Call 215/369-1188, ext. 102, for more information.