Update: NJNG Pipeline Blow Out Continues to Cause Environmental Damage
Stop construction of the Southern Reliability Link Pipeline. Take Action.
By Becky FreeJune 26, 2020
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.
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:
- 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.
Phone Numbers or Email:
- Governor Phil Murphy: 609-292-6000, option 8
- Governor Phil Murphy Contact Form
- NJ Pinelands Commission: 609-894-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Commissioner McCabe’s Office: 609-292-2885 or email@example.com
- NJ Board of Public Utilities, President Fiordaliso’s office: 609-292-0071
- NJ BPU online Contact Form here