The Tennessee Gas Pipeline has submitted an application for another new pipeline, the so-called Orion Project, which should be of concern to all residents of Pike County. In response, The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, together with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Energy Justice Network, and other concerned groups, is hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30 pm at the Lackawaxen Township Volunteer Fire Department (Rte. 590, near the Zane Grey Bridge).
If approved, this new pipeline would seriously impact the Lackawaxen River, its tributaries and wetlands within its watershed. According to the TGP application, it would cut across 26 streams, including the Lackawaxen River, Tinkwig Creek, Indian Orchard Brook, and West Falls Creek. The two proposed Orion Loop 322 and Loop 323 would cut across an additional 47 wetlands, of which at least 19 of these wetlands are forested. The pipeline company asserts there are at least 10 private water wells located within 150 feet of the pipeline route and 2,126 feet of steep slopes to be traversed by the pipeline.
Landowners along the right of way are especially encouraged to attend the Nov. 17th meeting to explore their rights when faced with eminent domain, pipeline impacts, and easement offers.
In addition, every resident can intervene now on the FERC Docket for this pipeline project to preserve their right to bring a legal challenge should they wish to do so down the road or to show their concern and opposition for the pipeline project. The deadline to intervene in time is November 16th. .
Please plan to attend this important meeting, and invite your friends and neighbors to join you.