Urgent : Intervene to Reserve your Rights !
On Mon, 3/27, Transco filed the formal application for the NESE Project – of which Compressor 206 is a part – with FERC. At this stage, all the impacted parties like residents, organizations, townships etc. will need to file as intervenors to be able to participate in the process.
From this point onwards, unless you file as an intervenor, your concerns may not be heard and you could be shut out of the process.
You should file as an intervenor because:
- It reserves your legal rights if you ever choose to exercise them.
- It costs you nothing.
- There are no negative legal implications.
- You don’t need a lawyer.
- You do not incur any legal liability by intervening.
- You have no obligations.
It is among the most powerful actions an individual can take to oppose the project. FERC, other agencies, politicians and even financial analysts look at intervenor counts to gauge opposition to a project.
What does it mean to be an Intervenor ?
An intervenor is a person who reserves the right to object to a pipeline/compressor and to FERC’s decisions. An intervenor can also participate in or initiate legal proceedings involving FERC and Transco. Theyare also accorded elevated attention in FERC’s decision-making process and final decision, and intervenor comments must be addressed in FERC’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and decisions.
If you don’t declare yourself as an intervenor, you can’t challenge FERC, and they can ignore your comments. You still have the right to comment as a non-intervenor, but FERC can choose to ignore your comments at will. Most importantly, if FERC issues a decision that impacts you and you don’t like it, YOU CAN ONLY EFFECTIVELY PROTEST IF YOU ARE AN INTERVENOR. Non-intervenors are locked out of critical portions of the process. Being an intervenor costs nothing, involves no lawyers, and places no burden on you other than receiving more email on the project. Registering on the FERC website as an intervenor means that you have a stake in the process. It does not obligate you to anything but gives you the right to stay informed of the developments.
Who can be an intervenor?
Anyone who is a “stakeholder” in NESE’s outcome can request to be an intervenor. And you don’t have to be an impacted resident/landowner to be an intervenor. If you care about this Compressor decision and its outcome, then you qualify.
How do I intervene?
Instructions for signing up on the FERC website to become an intervenor will be available, go to www.RACS206.org. The deadline for signing up during this round of the approval process is April 27.
For those who want help with the process, in the coming days RACS 206 and other groups will be conducting walk-in Intervenor Workshops where our volunteers will help you register as intervenors. It is a short process that does not take more than 15 minutes. You are welcome to walk in at the following venues at the times given:
- Saturday, April 22, 10am-12noon: Location is the South Brunswick Community Center in Woodlot Park, Parkview Room, 124 New Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.
- Saturday, April 22, 4-6pm: Location is the Princeton Walk Recreation Center, Princeton Walk Boulevard North, Princeton, NJ 08540.
- Sunday, April 23, 12-3pm: Location is the South Brunswick Earth Day Celebration, Reichler Park, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 (Senior Center at the same location in case of rain).
Let us show our opposition to this project by registering as Intervenors and making our voices heard to FERC and Transco !