PennEast Pipeline no threat to drinking water

February 17, 2017

Commentary by Patricia Kornick, Spokesperson, PennEast Pipeline Company
As published in the Feb. 17, 2017, Express-Times

There he goes again. It comes as no surprise that Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club continues to rewrite facts to mislead the public on the benefits of the PennEast Pipeline (letter, “Will FERC regulate PennEast like Oroville Dam?“, Feb. 16).

PennEast Pipeline poses no threat to drinking water. This is a fact supported by federal and state regulatory agencies reviewing the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, found after a two-year review that the PennEast Pipeline can be constructed with minimal environmental impact — including on water resources.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a water quality certification for the PennEast Pipeline. Even New Jersey’s leading arsenic expert repeatedly has debunked the false accusations about arsenic in drinking water.

From false claims about a non-existent “new” route through Bucks County to the deceitful assertions about water quality, the New Jersey Sierra Club’s propensity to distort facts and resort to tired, inflammatory rhetoric serves only as a scare tactic.

In an age of fake news, it is hard to determine what is accurate. The reality is, the Sierra Club at one time called natural gas a “necessary bridge” to a clean energy future as electricity transitions from coal to natural gas.

America has more than a 100-year supply of clean natural gas, and much of that supply is in Pennsylvania. The PennEast Pipeline safely will transport local natural gas to area communities, reduce energy costs, create thousands of jobs and fuel a cleaner, secure energy future for decades to come.

Patricia Kornick
Spokesperson, PennEast Pipeline Company