The NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection has agreed to our demand to hold a public hearing on the proposed Gateway Expansion project. If approved, the project would create a massive new fracked-gas compressor station immediately next to an existing compressor in Roseland New Jersey, and would increase the amount and pressure of fracked-gas through a 60+ year old pipeline in Roseland and 15 other Essex County communities.
The company behind the project, Williams Transco, is a major fossil fuel corporation with a long history of environmental violations and deadly explosions. Williams Transco currently has several new fracked-gas pipeline and related infrastructure expansion projects proposed all throughout New Jersey and the region. This public hearing is an opportunity to unite all our individual fights against Williams Transco, and send a clear message to NJDEP and Governor Murphy: No more pipelines through our communities and water sources! Our health and safety must be prioritized over fossil fuel industry profits!
The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th at 6pm at the West Essex Regional High School, located at 65 W. Greenbrook Rd. in North Caldwell, NJ.
If approved, the Gateway Expansion project would create a massive new fracked-gas compressor station immediately next to the existing gas compressor station in Roseland New Jersey. Both compressors would be located underneath high tension interstate electric transmission lines and right next to PSE&G's switching station, all within a flood plain and immediately next to the Passaic River, creating both known and unknown compounding risks for the nearby residents, businesses, schools and critical infrastructure for the Borough of Roseland, as well as East Hanover and other towns. The risk will be heightened when hurricane and tropical storm sized storms hit this area, as they will almost certainly do in coming years.
If permitted and built, the Gateway Expansion Project would significantly increase the amount of compressed natural gas flowing through Roseland Borough. It would increase the amount of toxic pollution released through leakage and deliberate gas blowdowns into the surrounding areas.
There is no provision for any new pipelines in connection with this project, which means that there would be a 13% increase, at least, based upon Williams projections, in the pressure inside the 60-year-old pipeline which would transport the gas through 15 or more other municipalities in northern New Jersey, including through or next to a number of streams and water areas. These are the towns: West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Little Falls, Montclair, Clifton, Bloomfield, Nutley, Belleville, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, East Rutherford, Carlstadt, Ridgefield and North Bergen. We consider this to be a dangerous and risky plan.
Continuing to approve new, long-term fossil fuel infrastructure projects is completely antithetical to Governor Murphy's goal of transitioning NJ to 100% clean renewable energy. It is also incompatible with the scientific mandate to immediately draw down green house gas emissions from the fossil fuel sector, achieving zero emissions by the year 2035 in order to have a better than 66% chance of avoiding runaway climate catastrophe.
Thanks for being a part of this, and we look forward to organizing and mobilizing together in the weeks ahead.
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