WETLANDS

 Deficiencies in the DEIS:

Missing and Faulty Analysis

  • Prior to construction, PennEast shall file with the Secretary a complete wetland delineation report for the entire Project that includes all wetlands delineated in accordance with the USACE and the applicable state agency requirements. (Section 4.4.1)

  • Prior to construction, PennEast shall survey all areas mapped as being potential vernal habitat and identify whether these areas contain vernal pool habitat that will be affected by the proposed alignment during construction or operation. The results of these surveys shall be filed with the Secretary and the appropriate state agencies for review. (Section 4.4.1.2)

  • Prior to the end of the draft EIS comment period, PennEast shall file with the Secretary the special construction methods that it will implement during construction in extremely saturated wetlands. If additional workspace is required at the saturated wetlands along the pipeline alignment, PennEast shall identify these in a table and provide site-specific justification for the additional workspace. (Section 4.4.2)
 
  • Prior to construction, PennEast shall finalize a Project-specific Wetland Restoration Plan in consultation with the USACE and applicable state agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and file the plan with the Secretary. PennEast shall provide documentation of its consultation with the applicable federal and state agencies. (Section 4.4.2)


Sample Letter  

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC  20426

RE: PennEast Pipeline (CP15-558-000) 

Dear Secretary Bose,

I am (enter your name and state how you are affected - directly impacted landowner?  Intervener?  Business  Owner?) in this proceeding who lives in (enter your address or Twsp).I am concerned about the pipeline’s impact to wetlands.

The DEIS says, “construction of the Project would temporarily impact about 56 acres of wetlands… and permanently impact about 35 acres of wetlands,” but later in the same paragraph the DEIS says, “no permanent fill or loss of wetland area would result from construction and operation of the Project.” How can this be if the DEIS just said that 35 acres of wetlands would be permanently impacted?

The DEIS says that, “at least one wetland… has been identified with extremely saturated soils.” The DEIS goes on to say that because it is hard to contain this, a construction corridor wider than 75-feet might be needed. FERC recommends that PennEast file special construction methods to be used in construction in extremely saturated wetlands.

Since only 70% of the pipeline route has been surveyed, how does FERC or PennEast know that there aren’t more saturated wetland areas? In fact, FERC says that PennEast has yet to file a compete wetlands delineation report for the entire pipeline route. How do we know whether or not PennEast will clear an over-70 foot area for the pipeline? The public has a right to know the simple question of how much space the construction of the pipeline will take up.

PennEast hasn’t submitted surveys for all potential vernal habitat areas nor have they submitted a complete wetland delineation report for the entire pipeline route. How can FERC make an informed decision, required by NEPA, when they are missing key information about the areas that the pipeline will go through?

PennEast claims that damage to wetlands will be mitigated, yet many of these wetlands provide habitat for state-threatened and endangered species, such as the long-tailed salamander. How can these species not be affected by 75-foot clearing of wetland vegetation and trees, loud construction noises, and a permanent pipeline and 10-foot right of way?

FERC claims that “the Project is not expected to significantly impact groundwater, surface water, or wetland quality or quantity during construction or operation with implementation of PennEast’s propose mitigation measures as well as our recommendations.” However, PennEast has yet to file a Project-specific Wetland Restoration Plan in consultation with the USACE and applicable state agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

How can FERC simply claim that there will be no significant impacts and that any damage will be mitigated when they are missing so much data?

I respectfully call upon FERC to respond to my comments, and to suspend the review of this fraudulent DEIS.

Sincerely,

 
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You will need to know the Docket # CP15-558 when you file.

Comments to FERC on the Docket

Below are some of the teriffic comments from citizens they have already filed on the docket.

You can use these as a tool to help you build your comments. Some of these comments are from specialist in their field so your comment does not have to be as detailed. You can write about your concerns about WETLANDS.