The Green Party of New Jersey opposes the Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Green Party of New Jersey opposes the Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NSEP) due to many serious concerns which have been uncovered by the non-profit environmental organization Food and Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.org). The proposal includes a new 22 mile pipeline in the New York Bay from Old Bridge, NJ to Brooklyn, NY, three and a half miles of new 26" pipeline in Old Bridge NJ, a new compressor station in Franklin Township, and 10 miles of new 42" pipeline in Lancaster County, PA. This project would risk public health and safety, negatively impact air quality and environmental resources, and halt progress on the region’s clean energy future.

According to Matt Smith of Food and Water Watch, “the project will increase the volume of gas being pushed through aging pipeline in densely populated residential neighborhoods. The Franklin Township compressor station will have a serious negative impact on local air quality resulting in methane, volatile organic compounds and other harmful pollutants in the air.” Smith added that “the proposed 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin, NJ will also produce noise pollution for the surrounding areas, potentially lowering local property values. There will also be a negative impact from construction in the Raritan Bay, one of the most ecologically rich waterways in the region. The project will impact commercial and recreational fishing activities for our residents and those who visit our shores and disturb habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals.”

PARSIPPANY, NJ – The Green Party of New Jersey opposes the Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NSEP) due to many serious concerns which have been uncovered by the non-profit environmental organization Food and Water Watch (www.foodandwaterwatch.org). The proposal includes a new 22 mile pipeline in the New York Bay from Old Bridge, NJ to Brooklyn, NY, three and a half miles of new 26" pipeline in Old Bridge NJ, a new compressor station in Franklin Township, and 10 miles of new 42" pipeline in Lancaster County, PA. This project would risk public health and safety, negatively impact air quality and environmental resources, and halt progress on the region’s clean energy future.

According to Matt Smith of Food and Water Watch, “the project will increase the volume of gas being pushed through aging pipeline in densely populated residential neighborhoods. The Franklin Township compressor station will have a serious negative impact on local air quality resulting in methane, volatile organic compounds and other harmful pollutants in the air.” Smith added that “the proposed 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin, NJ will also produce noise pollution for the surrounding areas, potentially lowering local property values. There will also be a negative impact from construction in the Raritan Bay, one of the most ecologically rich waterways in the region. The project will impact commercial and recreational fishing activities for our residents and those who visit our shores and disturb habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals.”

Matt Smith also emphasizes that, “Once a pipeline is built, the unlucky landowners along the path of the pipeline, or next door to a compressor station, also have no choice but to accept living with the constant risk of accidents and explosions. Several large pipeline failures in the past few years have lead to massive property damage and even loss of life. The recent Spectra pipeline explosion in Salem County last month may have been caused by pushing more gas faster through old pipelines - exactly what Transco is proposing to do not only along the NSEP but in its Garden State Expansion project as well.”

According to research by Food and Water Watch, the Williams Transco line in particular has a long history of accidents. Smith says that “In 2015 alone there were two accidents: one pipeline exploded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the source of the current proposal, and another in Gibson, Louisiana. The latter explosion killed three people and injured another two. In 2013 a fire injured 13 people at a Williams compressor station in Branchburg, NJ. The same year a reported leak at a compressor station in Roseland, NJ led to the evacuation of a local elementary school. Since 1998 there have been over 60 such accidents along the line that is now being expanded further into New Jersey.”

The pipelines, if built, will carry gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from the Marcellus Shale Region in Pennsylvania. Fracking is a dangerous form of resource extraction and has led to over a thousand cases of local water contamination in the United States, according to Food and Water Watch data. Ingesting this water can lead to neurological, respiratory, and sensory damage.

The Green Party of New Jersey strongly opposes all fracking activities and pipelines which carry fracked gas anywhere in the state. We oppose all fuel sources that contribute to climate change and urge our elected officials to stop building pipelines and instead support alternatives like solar or wind power which do not put our communities at risk or pollute our environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Saporito-Acuna, GPNJ Chair, gpnjchair@gmail.com

Alfred Clayton, alfredclayton@hotmail.com


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