It seems as if New Jersey, the corridor between New York City and Philadelphia, has also become the corridor for another type of traffic – this one more toxic and harmful than the frequent backups on the Jersey Turnpike. That traffic is in the form of fossil fuel pollutants and the vehicles are pipelines.
Pipelines may be a “cheap” way to transport Pennsylvania shale gas to refineries in New Jersey, because the cost analysis almost never includes the money that is spent for the inevitable leaks, the health care expenses, and the damage to our pristine lands. And these disasters don’t just happen in remote areas. Here’s a video of a pipeline explosion in Edison – a densely populated suburban area in Central Jersey.
Today, more than 400 people marched from Bucks County, PA across the Delaware to Milford Borough in Hunterdon County to protest a pipeline called “PennEast.”
Carla Kelly Mackey of Delaware Township Citizens Against the Pipeline put it best when she said,
“Our properties are precious to us; we have spent our money & time putting in solar systems & building energy efficient homes. We hold ourselves personally accountable for what we do to the earth – it’s time for renewables to take over from the polluting fossil fuels. PennEast needs to give up because we will not stand down.”
Below the fold: Additional photos from today’s event and notice of some future pipeline awareness and protest events.