Thursday, November 13, 2014
PennEast Pipeline Meeting Draws Hundreds
Stations were set up along the walls, where people could enter their addresses and see how close the pipeline would be to them. In the center of the room, spread out along several tables, there was a gigantic map showing the pipeline through each county.
A 36" pipe carrying high pressure natural gas will be buried 36", except in farming communities. There, the depth will be 4-6'.
"What happens if I hit the pipe?" I used Ken Robinson (he really works for UGI) several times.
"You don't want to do that," he laughed. he claimed the fire and explosion would be limited because the gas depends on oxygen to be flammable or something like that.
I don't recall that being the case in Allentown.
My main concern is how close this pipeline will come to residential developments in Bethlehem Township. A spokesperson promised to get back to me with an answer, if she can read my lousy handwriting.
From the interactive map online, it appears this pipeline will be very close to Wagner Farms and Orchard Estates. It appears to be about 2000' east of Notre Dame at Green Pond High School, and is less than 800' to the west of St. Luke's Hospital, Anderson Campus. In Lower Saucon and Williams Townships, it appears to steer clear of developments. In Moore Township, it appears to be located within 2000' of Moore Township Elementary School.
Another question concerns compressors for this gas. Those are above ground and strike me, as a layperson, as a cause for concern. I am told there will be only one compressor in the entire state, and its location is undecided at this time.
That's another thing. This route is not etched in stone, and could and probably will change.
But it's coming. There were several groups opposed to the Pipeline outside the Community Center. Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network were on hand.
Some officials from local townships were on hand, too. Cynthia Miller and Sandra Hopkins, two Lehigh Township Supervisors, took the tour. Cynthia told me that Lehigh, like Bethlehem Township, is revising its local zoning ordinance so that it has some control in the event that a course change puts it through Lehigh Township.
Tom Nolan, a Bethlehem Township Commissioner, had lots of questions.
Northampton County Director of Administration Luis Campos was also there.
If you have questions, you can visit PennEast Pipeline, call 844-347-7119 or email email@example.com .
Opponents of the pipeline can be found at Stop the PennEast Pipeline. Hopewell Township, in New Jersey, and Riegelsville Borough, in Pennsylvania, have adopted resolutions opposing the pipeline. Riegelsville's was adopted tonight, during the open house. .