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NJ home condemned due to SRL pipeline blowout

“They gave me two minutes to grab what I could while they stood in the door in case it collapsed while I was in there…” Barbara Fox-Cooper, 77, whose Upper Freehold home was condemned Friday due to damages from the accidental release of mud and water from an SRL drilling site. From nj.com June 23, 2020

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The Eastern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sierra Club formally requested on Friday stays of approval issued by the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the Pinelands Commission, and a suspension of permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), for the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline.

It is incumbent upon the agencies to immediately halt all drilling activity until this tragic accident is fully explained.

EELC, on behalf of Sierra Club, has been in litigation since 2015 challenging the SRL pipeline project on the basis of the potential environmental damages it can cause along its route. Sadly, this has become a reality. While our case against SRL is pending in New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, it is incumbent upon the agencies to immediately halt all drilling activity until this tragic accident is fully explained.

Read EELC’s June 26th Request for a Suspension here and Request for a Stay here.

Read Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s June 29th letter to BPU here.

Photo of sedimentation in local stream in Upper Freehold Township courtesy: Pinelands Preservation Alliance

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