Organizations Legally Challenge Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project
Effort to block construction based on flawed environmental review by agency
Washington, D.C. - Three environmental groups – Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Sierra Club, and the New Jersey Highlands Coalition -- have filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting they rescind their approval for the construction of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP). NEUP is proposed to be built spanning portions of Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey and crossing under the Delaware River just above the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For a copy of the filing, go to:
To see the map and exhibits: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/resources/Testimonies/TGP_NEUP_Rehearing_Exhibits.pdf
The organizations are challenging the approval because FERC did not fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act which requires that the full extent of environmental impacts, including cumulative impacts, be considered when making the requisite analysis of the adverse impacts weighed against public benefits. The filed legal documents insist that a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required and that FERC cannot allow TGP to avoid accurate environmental review by “segmentation”, or cutting up the pipeline review into small parts to dodge comprehensive analysis.