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Pipeline & Compressor Station?

Not in Anyone's Backyard!

 

Stop the Williams-Transco Gas Pipeline & Compressor Station

 

  • The Williams/Transco pipeline is carrying fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania across Mercer, Somerset and Middlesex Counties into the Raritan Bay to New York. The added pipeline will cut through Old Bridge and Sayreville.None of this product is for use by NJ residents.

  • The process of fracking injects toxic chemicals into the earth, pollutes precious water no longer available for drinking and bathing, destroys farmland, contaminates the environment, and causes earthquakes and tremors. It also intensifies global warming and climate change.

  • A new gas powered compressor station is being planned at the site by Trap Rock Quarry, near the Delaware-Raritan Canal in Franklin bordering on South Brunswick, where active dynamite blasting occurs. Compressor stations pressurize the gas which will risk leaking toxic gases like methane and benzene into the air and groundwater. Methane will worsen global warming.

  • The pipeline will run into and under the Raritan Bay which will jeopardize the ecology of coastal and marine life, and threaten the livelihood of those who depend on healthy and safe seafood.

  • The danger of fires, explosions, and serious injuries from leaks and ruptures is a real threat and has already occurred in Edison and Branchburg, NJ.

  • The future lies in renewable sources of energy that do not threaten our health and safety, our environment, and our ability to survive on this planet.

HELP STOP this Project and the expansion of the Fossil Fuel industry which puts profits before people and the environment and move to responsible renewable energy!

Sign up to be an intervenor in the NESE Project

Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE)

FERC Docket No. CP17-101

Your voice can be heard if you sign up to be an intervenor on the FERC website:
https://ferconline.ferc.gov/eRegistration.aspx

Directions are on the “Actions to Take” tab. 


 

YOUR COMMUNITY, FAMILIES & FUTURE GENERATIONS NEED YOUR HELP

  • Franklin Township & nearby communities do not want a 32,000 horsepower gas-fired compressor station in the south end of Franklin Township.

  • Between the Trap Rock Quarry, a Superfund Site with contaminated groundwater, and the NJ Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center, the company, Williams-Transco, plans to construct Compressor Station 206 (CS206).

  • This proposed project, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project, is planned to move natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania through NJ’s aging pipelines and under the Raritan Bay, to a point near Rockaway, NY to provide more gas for NY. 

 

The Issues & Why We Oppose NESE’s proposed
Compressor Station 206

 

Health Risks

 
  • Compressor stations release toxic chemicals that are known to cause health issues including cancer, childhood leukemia, birth defects, developmental delays, immunological disorders (including asthma and allergies) & increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, neurological issues, lung diseases, sleep issues, breathing disorders and kidney disease.
  • The toxic chemicals in the air can spread for miles in any direction, depending on how the wind blows.

 Entire Twp. Well-Being

  • We value the nature and open space in Franklin, and the compressor station threatens the well-being of residents, businesses, schools & places of worship.

 

 

Public Safety

 
  • Explosions and fires are real threats.
    • Trap Rock will be blasting with dynamite until 2040.
    • Local first responders are not equipped to address any major disaster here.
  • Moving natural gas through aging pipelines at increased speed & heat leads to quicker corrosion of the pipes with unanticipated explosions.

 

Property Values

 
  • Property values could be compromised, and this would impact tax revenues for all of Franklin Township.

 

Future Dangers

 
  • If this compressor station is built on a 52-acre lot, the company will likely add more to this site in the future.
  • The Dept. of Transportation’s PHMSA is in charge of safety oversight of a constructed pipeline and compressor station, and this agency is understaffed: 25 inspectors to cover 15 states in our area.


YOUR COMMUNITY, FAMILIES & FUTURE GENERATIONS NEED YOUR HELP

  • Residents from New Jersey & New York remember Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, and they are concerned that the NESE Project would further contribute to climate change impacts.

  • The pipeline is proposed to be constructed under the New York Bight which includes Raritan Bay & Sandy Hook Bay. Planned construction would be by the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund Site where lead- encased jetties could be impacted.

  • This proposed project, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project, is planned to move natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania through NJ’s aging pipelines and under the Raritan Bay, to a point near Rockaway, NY to provide more gas for NY.

 

The Issues & Why We Oppose NESE’s proposed
23+ Mile Pipeline under Raritan Bay

 

Health Risks

 
  • Dredging could increase contaminated/polluted nearshore water & sand
  • Planned construction is near Raritan Bay Slag Superfund Site – Jetty Sector (lead)
  • Ozone in our area already exceeds allowable limits, and construction in the Bay is expected to exceed allowable limits for nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions.

 

Ecology & Marine Mammals

 
  • Aquatic habitats and sealife would be impacted by noise & pollution from construction, vessels in the water, and possible fuel or other fluid leaks.
  • Noise from construction would harm marine mammals like whales, seals and dolphins.

 

Economic Impacts

  • Construction would hurt tourism, commercial & recreational boating, and related businesses like watersport shops, diving shops, surf shops & restaurants.

 

Effects of Climate Change

 
  • Water-related effects of fossil fuel energy use include flooding, erosion, wetland destruction, ocean acidification & sea-level rise.

 

Recreation at the Bay

 
  • Construction, with large diesel-fueled machines in the Bay, would impact those who enjoy beachgoing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, diving, wildlife viewing, boating, beachcombing, photography, fishing, recreational sailing & aesthetic enjoyment.
  • Construction would last for about 9 months if this happens.

Williams/Transco’s Proposed Compressor Station 206 –

Partial listing of Compressor Airborne Emissions

(See www.scrap-NESE for a more comprehensive listing.)

 Chemical  Health Impact  25 Year Emissions
 

Ammonia

29,580 lbs.
per year

 

CDC Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Ocular (Eyes), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs). Classified as toxic substance.

Acute Inhalation Risk level at 1.7 parts per million.

Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders,

difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting

 

 

739,500 pounds

 

Formaldehyde

660 lbs. per year

 

CDC Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Gastrointestinal (Digestive), Immunological (Immune System), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs). Carcinogen. Classified as toxic substance.

Acute Inhalation Risk level at .04 parts per million.

Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Asthma attacks, cancer, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting

 

 

16,500 pounds

 

Benzene

14 lbs. per year

 

CDC Affected Organ Systems: Hematological (Blood Forming), Immunological (Immune System), Neurological (Nervous System). Classified as toxic substance. Carcinogen.

Acute Inhalation Risk level at .009 parts per million.

Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Leukemia, asthma attacks,lung infections, low birth weight, headaches, vomiting, dizziness

 

350 pounds

 

Ethylbenzene

34 lbs. per year

 

CDC Affected Organ Systems: Developmental (effects during periods when organs are developing), Neurological (Nervous System). Classified as toxic substance.

Acute Inhalation Risk level at 5 parts per million.

Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting

 

850 pounds