ALERTS


If you experience PennEast's surveyors or any of their agents trespassing on your property or your neighbors, please contact the township police and
file a police report. While waiting for police-
Try to take video or photos of the perpetrators actually trespassing that show proximity to your property or house. Provide details such as date, time, content of any conversation, and names of trespassers. If it is an aerial survey, try to get a picture of the tail of the plane that clearly shows the numbers.

FYI: The township has passed a resolution against PennEast
 agents illegal trespassing attempts.

A letter from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network


PennEast
uses another tactic to Survey
 


      
June 30, 2016

Dear PennEast impacted landowners,
We have been informed from a landowner that PennEast has been making phone calls and asking questions above wells and well springs. This is an attempt from them to get information for their surveys.


IF YOU HAVE DENIED SURVEY ACCESS DO NOT ANSWER ANY OF THEIR QUESTIONS!  INFORM THEM YOU HAVE DENIED ACCESS AND DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS.


Stop the PennEast Pipeline
Watch out for
PennEast trespassing

John Coughlin from PennEast called the Kingwood Twsp building saying that teams of surveyors would be out in Kingwood Twsp on private properties and that they had permission to survey.  In addition, PE will be conducting tests for migratory birds in the spring and we expect them to be out in masses.  John's number is 319-883-0886

If you see surveyors and know that the property or preserved area has NOT allowed access, politely ask to see the paperwork or work orders that shows the survey crew has permission (if you feel comfortable).  When the surveyors cannot produce paperwork and it becomes obvious they do not have any documentation, please call the police to report trespassing and write up an incident report.  Include photos you have been taken of the surveyors, their trucks and licenses plates. 

Note that all of the Preserved property owners like NJCF and Hunterdon county land trust have denied survey access. Most of the townships have also denied survey access to township property.  Surveying from the road right of way is not permitted either.  In Kingwood, which is similar to other townships in NJ, the road easement has specific language which gives permission to the township for maintenance,  and to utility companies for repairs etc.  PennEast is not a utility nor are the survey companies.

If you've experienced PennEast's surveyors or any of their agents trespassing on your property or aerial surveying, please contact Susan Meacham (smeacham8@gmail.com) 

A letter from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network


      
April 10, 2016
Dear PennEast impacted landowners,
Delaware Riverkeeper Network is hearing from concerned landowners that PennEast representatives are pressuring landowners who have denied survey access to this point for approval to gain survey access along wetland areas on their properties now in order to look for bog turtle habitat and bog turtles, a federally protected species. We want you to know two things:

1)  While habitat assessments (Phase 1 bog turtle surveys) are permitted throughout the year, bog turtle season is April 15th to June 15th, so PennEast should not be conducting any Phase 2 or Phase 3 bog turtle surveys (looking for actual bog turtles in the field or trapping) before the bog turtle season begins. If you would like to see US Fish and Wildlife Service bog turtle survey guidelines, click here:  BOG TURTLE SURVEY


PennEast
other tactic to Survey
Alert
 

Lynda K Farrell the executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Coalition had commented on this; "We had similar situation on our land with Williams - years ago. Did not know then what I know now.
We did have bog turtles, until DEP allowed Williams to “study” their existence. Short story is the bog turtles and most of the aquatic life disappeared that year….around 2008 - creek has never recovered….so am highly suspicious of this tactic."

2)  If you are inclined to say no and deny PennEast access to your property, please know that Delaware Riverkeeper is currently investigating other options for securing the necessary bog turtle data that would NOT require you to allow PennEast on your land, especially if you have already said no and you are inclined to continue to say no to PennEast and your property is located on one of the priority wetlands identified in the Fisheries, Vegetation, and Wildlife Resource Report 3 that could be home to bog turtles.
Meanwhile if you have been contacted by PennEast for bog turtle surveys, whether you give permission or not, we recommend that you request that PennEast put in writing what they are seeking access on the land to undertake and where precisely they will be limiting their access to and for what specific actions. We also recommend that landowners request that PennEast include a written commitment that if PennEast were granted access for the purpose of bog turtle monitoring that they would not seek or attempt to use their access for any other data gathering whatsoever and that if they did, and if that information was used to advance their project, they would commit to paying the homeowner $100,000 for the breach (to be clear, DRN does not know if this would hold up in court and has not done any legal research on that front, but it is just a suggestion to make clear how serious you are). PennEast should also include an explanation as to why they are pursuing a bog turtle analysis outside or before the April 15th – June 15th timeframe and the normal process that is recommended by the USFWS. And finally, PennEast should explain to the landowner in writing what the response from PennEast would be in terms of the project location, project construction.
   
Maya
Faith