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Sedimentation in local stream in Upper Freehold Township.

Sedimentation in local stream in Upper Freehold Township.

Update: NJNG Pipeline Blow Out Continues to Cause Environmental Damage

Stop construction of the Southern Reliability Link Pipeline. Take Action.

June 26, 2020

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On June 19 an Upper Freehold resident was forced to leave her home when the basement slab of the home cracked due to hydrostatic pressure from a drilling incident. New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) is currently drilling in Upper Freehold for their Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline and already caused siltation in nearby streams.  Read the story here.

The damage continued on June 25 when NJNG was removing a drill bit from under the same road. 

This video shows brown sludge throughout the stream.  It looks even worse on other properties according to residents.

Drilling Sludge in Stream in Upper Freehold Township, NJ from Pinelands Preservation Alliance on Vimeo.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Sierra Club of New Jersey have petitioned the Board of Public Utilities, the Pinelands Commission, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to halt construction of the SRL pipeline.

How you can help:

Call Governor Murphy, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the Pinelands Commission and urge them to halt SRL construction until:

  1. The causes and harms of the June 19th incident are fully established by independent investigators, the results are shared with the public, and they can certify to the public that there will be no further accidents.
  2. The Appeals Court decides the pending appeals against the SRL approvals.  It is foolish and irresponsible to risk more harm to people and nature for a pipeline that may well be stopped by the Court in the coming months.

Phone Numbers or Email:

Please use the links above to send your comments to the Governor. Commenting on this blog post (below) will not go to the governor.

18 responses to “Update: NJNG Pipeline Blow Out Continues to Cause Environmental Damage”

  1. Brian Totora says:

    PLEASE STOP THIS ENVIRONMENTAL OVERLOAD WITH THIS PIPELINE. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM VODEOS AND PICTURES THIS IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. DEMAN TO BE HEARD! ALL VOICES AND LIVES MATTER!!!!
    The causes and harms of the June 19th incident are fully established by independent investigators, the results are shared with the public, and they can certify to the public that there will be no further accidents.
    The Appeals Court decides the pending appeals against the SRL approvals. It is foolish and irresponsible to risk more harm to people and nature for a pipeline that may well be stopped by the Court in the coming months.The causes and harms of the June 19th incident are fully established by independent investigators, the results are shared with the public, and they can certify to the public that there will be no further accidents.
    The Appeals Court decides the pending appeals against the SRL approvals. It is foolish and irresponsible to risk more harm to people and nature for a pipeline that may well be stopped by the Court in the coming months.

  2. John Stevens Keim says:

    An unnecessary and environmentally destructive pipeline is beyond wasteful, it is dangerous to New Jersey – please quash it and make sure environmental remediation is properly addressed.
    Thank you.

  3. Mark White says:

    Please do not allow the construction of this unnecessary, I thought the NJ pinelands was a protected area. How can this be built. Please stop construction before someone gets hurt the issue in Upper Freehold was bad enough.

  4. Fossil fuels are done! The infrastructure that supports them is dangerous to the environment both now and long-term. Please halt construction on pipelines and other facilities that support fossil fuels. Give our support to sustainable energy sources like wind and solar power.

  5. guy henry says:

    Dear Gov. Murphy, I know your plate is full, but I wish to add my name in halting this destructive pipeline.

  6. Edward Brigante says:

    This pipeline is not needed!!

  7. Dick scholl says:

    We don’t need the. SRL… what we do need is a healthy environment

  8. Jon Rosenblatt says:

    Please halt SRL construction until it can be scientifically determined that additional construction will not cause further damage to our environment

  9. Loretta Bednarchik says:

    Where’s the enforcement to stop these obvious violations?? What’s it gonna take to protect the Pines?? Arrest them.

  10. Kai says:

    Pinelands Commission is currently not answering phone messages due to working remotely; their automatic response said to email info@pinelands.nj.gov

  11. eileen broderick says:

    stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Bill Wolfe says:

    Also demand that DEP issue an enforcement action (Notice of Violation) of the Clean Water Act and NJ Water Pollution Control Act and impose the maximum $50,000 per day penalties.

    Demand that the DEP and Attorney General issue an Order demanding compensation to injuries to natural resources and assure that the public is compensated for natural resource damages and that the NR damages are fully restored.

    Enforcement Order also should require a corrective action requirement, including detailed geological and hydrological analyses and prohibit resumption of any pipeline construction until prevention plans are approved by DEP.

  13. Ari Schwartz says:

    Please halt SRL construction until 1) the causes and harms of the June 19th incident are fully established by independent investigators, the results are shared with the public, and they can certify to the public that there will be no further accidents; 2) the Appeals Court decides the pending appeals against the SRL approvals.

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