Today, at the top of pristine Baldpate Mountain in Hopewell Township, a group of about 50 residents and environmentalists attended a press conference to raise awareness of a proposed 110-mile pipeline that at best would permanently scar the natural beauty of Mercer and Hunterdon counties, and at worst could be a life-threating environmental disaster.
A bipartisan group of local elected officials, headlined by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, spoke out against PennEast, a consortium of dirty energy companies, which has submitted a proposal for the pipeline to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Speakers at the press conference pointed out the dangers inherent in this high-pressure, 36-inch diameter pipeline. They emphasied that it’s not a NIMBY issue, but that there is already sufficient natural gas transmission capacity to meet the needs of New Jersey, and while New Jersey residents would assume all of the risks inherent in pipeline construction and operation, much of the gas would be destined for elsewhere.
In addition to the congresswoman, speakers included Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblywoman Liz Muoio, as well as local officials.
At this link is a brief interview with Congresswoman Watson Coleman in which she summarizes the pipeline issue and comments on the impact of the pending departure of House Speaker John Boehner. Below the fold you can find Watson Coleman’s remarks from the press conference.