#ProtectNJfromTGP Social Media TOOLKIT

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A wide coalition of environmental and community organizations are working together to say NO TO TGP’S DISASTROUS EAST 300 UPGRADE PROJECT and DEMAND THAT GOVERNOR MURPHY STOPS THESE PLANS IMMEDIATELY!


Below, we’ll provide tweets, graphics & posts that you can copy and paste to share each day on your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as all the background info you need to take action. PLEASE share this toolkit with your personal network and on social media, so we can have the biggest impact possible! We can stop this dangerous, climate-destructive project if we raise our voices together!


Thank you to the NJ Sierra Club for creating these sample posts and graphics!

Background Information

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, the largest oil and gas pipeline corporation in North America. Despite their massive size, exorbitant profits, and huge externalized costs in terms of pollution and climate destruction, Kinder Morgan paid ZERO dollars in federal income taxes in 2020. Their pipeline system currently runs from Pennsylvania across Northern NJ in Sussex, Passaic, and Bergen County. The pipeline provides gas solely for Westchester County, NY - NOT NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS - despite running through and endangering our state’s beautiful northern Highlands. The pipeline is 65-years old (the average useful lifespan is 50 years) putting our neighborhoods at risk of dangerous gas leaks and explosions.


In June 2020, TGP filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to upgrade their pipeline system with a plan called the “East 300 Upgrade Project.” The Project would add three compressor stations to the already existing pipeline system - one compressor in Susquehanna, PA, one in Wantage, NJ and one in West Milford, NJ.


Compressor stations are large engines that pressurize gas in order to transport it through the pipeline, from the site of extraction to the users in New York.

The Wantage, NJ compressor station would be built at TGP’s already existing polluting facility off of LIbertyville Road. It would more than triple the size of the station, which is located near dozens of homes and farms. The West Milford, NJ compressor station would be built off of Burnt Meadow Road, next to Hewitt Brook, and 1200 ft from the Monksville Reservoir, which supplies clean drinking water to millions of NJ residents. See daily content for more information on the threats and impacts associated with TGP’s latest proposed expansion project through North Jersey.


In March 2021, the New Jersey Dep’t. of Environmental Protection issued a land permit for the Wantage Compressor site. THIS MONTH, May 2021, is the earliest that FERC can approve TGP’s project.

Governor Murphy’s Social Media Accounts (& other Accounts to Tag)


Governor Phil Murphy

Twitter: @GovMurphy @NJGov

Instagram: @govmurphy @njgov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/governorphilmurphy/ @governorphilmurphy

Phone Number: (609) 292-6000

Email form: https://www.nj.gov/governor/contact/all/

Mailing Address:

Office of Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625


Kinder Morgan (owns Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company)

Twitter: @Kinder_Morgan

Instagram: @kindermorganinc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KinderMorganInc/

Website: http://www.kindermorgan.com/

Phone Number: (713) 369-9000


NJ Highlands Coalition

Twitter: @NJHighlanders

Instagram: @njhighlandscoalition

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NJHighlandsCoalition/

Website: http://www.njhighlandscoalition.org/

Phone Number: (973) 588-7190

Email: info@njhighlandscoalition.org



HASHTAGS TO USE

***Note: Please use #ProtectNJfromTGP on your posts on all social media platforms!!***


Other Hashtags to include:

#DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow #StopTGP #StoptheCompressors #ProtectNorthJersey #DontGasTheHighlands #DontGasTheSkylands

PROTECT OUR HEALTH

Background:

It is widely known and proven that compressor stations exceed our federal standards for harmful air pollution, consisting of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. These pollutants increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, central nervous system dysfunction, birth defects, preterm birth, poor birth outcomes, and premature deaths. Compressor stations also risk exposure to toxic radioactive elements from the fracked gas including radon, polonium and lead, which are proven to cause cancer, decreased lung function, increase blood pressure, and inflammation. An EPA study found that in a six-year period, 18 compressor stations in NY released 36.99 million pounds of 70 different air pollutants including 39 chemicals known to cause cancer in humans. Recent studies found that the VOCs emitted from compressor stations were associated with significantly higher death rates. Infants and children are most likely to be harmed due to their greater biologic vulnerability and their long future lifetime in which disease can manifest in both childhood and adulthood.


Twitter

  • .@GovMurphy TGP's pipeline infrastructure is old & outdated - the threat of a radioactive leak in Northern NJ is REAL! You must STOP TGP's expansion plans NOW! #ProtectNJfromTGP

  • TGP's plan to upgrade their pipeline only benefits NY residents & will sacrifice the health & lives of millions of NJ residents & children who will suffer from increased rates of cancer, lung disease, birth defects & more. .@GovMurphy you must #ProtectNJfromTGP !

  • .@GovMurphy Compressors are PROVEN to exceed federal standards for harmful air pollution & cause higher rates of cancer, asthma, lung disease, birth defects, childhood cancers & more. You must STOP TGP from POLLUTING our bodies! #ProtectNJfromTGP

Instagram & Facebook Images and Captions

  • Don’t risk the health of our children & communities for the private interests of TGP & for fracked gas that will go to New York - this gas won’t even be used in NJ! We will suffer all of the consequences of TGP’s East 300 Upgrade Project & reap none of the benefits! #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

  • Constructing these compressor stations will mean increased rates of cancer, lung disease & death in our communities from dangerous pollutants & chemicals. (Insert Governor Murphy tag), you have the power & responsibility to cancel the fracked gas compressors for West Milford and Wantage. #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

PROTECT OUR HOMES

Background:

TGP’s East 300 Upgrade Project would mean higher volumes of gas would be pumped at a greater pressure through an outdated pipeline system that is now 65 years old. These compressor stations would increase the risk of leaks & explosions along a pipeline route that goes through densely populated Northern NJ residential areas and under the Monksville Drinking Water Reservoir. Many portions of the pipeline system are over 15 years beyond the useful lifespan of steel pipelines.


TGP is proposing to have this facility monitored remotely from Texas with only one worker on-site during daytime hours. Local first responders are not trained to deal with these sorts of disasters which could easily turn into a massive fire or explosion. There is also no evacuation plan in place for residents living near these compressors or for campers at the camp located right near the proposed compressor station. In the event of a catastrophic leak, fire or explosion, TGP has no plan to respond.


TGP already has a seriously concerning track record. According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration failure reports from 2006 to 2017, TGP had 111 significant incidents with their pipelines, resulting in $89,815,380 in property damage and 18 federal enforcement actions. With this track record, we cannot trust TGP to safely build and operate a new compressor station in our communities.


Twitter:

  • Between 2006-2017, TGP had 111 significant incident reports & $90M in property damages from their pipelines. We cannot trust TGP to safely build & operate new compressor stations in our communities .@GovMurphy #ProtectNJfromTGP

  • In the event of a catastrophic leak, fire or explosion, TGP has no plan to respond. They have proposed to have only 1 worker on-site, & there is no evac plan in place for NJ residents. .@GovMurphy You must STOP TGP's expansion plan & #ProtectNJfromTGP!

  • TGP's Northern NJ Pipeline is 15 yrs. beyond the lifespan of steel pipelines! More compressor stations would mean an even greater threat of leaks, fires & explosions in our communities. .@GovMurphy Please protect our homes & #ProtectNJfromTGP!

Instagram & Facebook Images and Captions

  • TGP’s East 300 Upgrade Project is a down-grade for New Jersey. (Insert Governor Murphy tag), please STOP this project! Between 2006-2017, TGP had 111 significant incident reports and $90M in property damages from their pipelines. We cannot trust TGP to safely build & operate new compressor stations in Wantage & W. Milford. We should not have to bear these grave risks to our communities for gas that will only benefit New York & TGP. #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

  • TGP’s Northern NJ Pipeline is 65 years old - 15 years beyond the lifespan of steel pipelines! More compressor stations would mean an even greater threat of leaks, fires & explosions in our communities. TGP has no plan to respond & plan to have only 1 on-site worker at a time. There is no evac plan in place in the event of a worst case scenario. This project is a horrible mistake for NJ - (Insert Governor Murphy tag) you cannot allow TGP to destroy our communities. #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Background:

TGP’s East 300 Upgrade Project would be near two protected reservoirs. The Monksville Reservoir is located a mere 2000 feet west of where the new compressor station would be located. The construction and ongoing operation of this proposed industrial facility can lead to groundwater pollution from Chromium, Benzene, and other toxic hydrocarbons. Benzene causes childhood leukemia, and medical literature suggests that there are no safe levels of exposure to benzene. 3.5 MILLION NJ residents source their drinking water from the Monksville - Wanaque reservoir system. TGP cannot ensure that their construction and operation of a compressor station right next to the reservoir won’t harm this critical resource.



Twitter:

  • .@GovMurphy We cannot allow TGP's compressor stations to leak harmful chromium, benzene and other toxic hydrocarbons into our critical drinking water reservoirs, located a mere 2000 ft from the site of the new compressor station. NJ residents must come first. #ProtectNJfromTGP

  • .@GovMurphy TGP can't ensure that building & operating a compressor station right next to a reservoir system that provides 3.5M NJ residents with drinking water won't cause any harm. The risks are too great to allow this plan to go forward #ProtectNJfromTGP

  • .@GovMurphy Don't allow TGP to sacrifice NJ's drinking water all for fracked gas that doesn't even go to NJ residents. We will suffer ALL of the consequences of TGP's expansion proposal & reap NONE of the benefits. #ProtectNJfromTGP

Instagram & Facebook Images & Captions

  • (Insert Governor Murphy tag) tell TGP to frack off to keep our water on and clean in the Highlands! Their proposed compressor station would be located a mere 2000 feet from a vital drinking water reservoir serving 3.5 MILLION NJ residents. We cannot allow TGP’s new compressor stations to leak harmful & toxic waste into our drinking water! #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

  • We cannot allow TGP to sacrifice safe drinking water for 3.5 million NJ residents, all for fracked gas that doesn’t even go to NJ residents. We will suffer ALL of the consequences of TGP’s expansion proposal & reap none of the benefits. (Insert Governor Murphy tag), you must STOP TGP from polluting our communities & our bodies! #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

PROTECT OUR WILDLIFE

Background:

The Highlands that TGP’s pipeline system runs through harbor important populations of bats, birds and provide a regional stronghold for several rare reptiles and amphibians; several dozen of which are classified as endangered. Black bear, river otters, bobcat and wild trout make their homes in this region, as do many other species of mammals. Over 200 species of birds breed in, migrate through and winter in the region. 72 NJ-listed endangered, threatened and rare animals species live in the NJ Highlands, including 4 federally-listed species: the Indiana bat, blue spotted salamander, bog turtle and bald eagle. The proposed compressor stations would increase the amount and pressure of gas in these pipelines, which will increase temperatures and bring harm to the ecosystems and creatures and plants that live in these areas. The higher temperatures will cause wetlands to dry up and the construction will cause require the destruction of precious forests - leaving the wildlife with nowhere to go and no way to survive.


Twitter:

  • There are 72 endangered & rare animal species in the NJ Highlands, including 4 federally-listed: the Indiana bat, the blue-spotted salamander, bog turtle & our national bald eagle. .@GovMurphy We cannot allow TGP to destroy these species' homes. We must #ProtectNJfromTGP !

The NJ Highlands have some of the most diverse wildlife in our state - black bears, river otters, bobcat & wild trout. >200 species of birds breed and migrate here. These species all rely on the ecosystems that TGP's Compressor Stations will destroy. .@GovMurphy #ProtectNJfromTGP

Instagram & Facebook Images & Captions

  • The NJ Highlands has some of the most biodiverse wildlife & ecosystems in our state! There are 72 endangered & rare species here, including 4 federally-listed: the Indiana bat, the blue-spotted salamander, the bog turtle & our national bald eagle. TGP’s disastrous compressor project will destroy the ecosystems that these endangered species depend on - we cannot allow TGP to destroy our beloved & iconic wildlife! (Insert Governor Murphy tag) please cancel the fracked gas compressors for West Milford and Wantage. #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

  • We are not the only ones who will suffer the consequences of TGP’s expansion project - our beloved NJ wildlife will too! The NJ Highlands is one of the most biodiverse regions in the state - black bears, river otters, bobcat & wild trout. More than 200 species of birds breed & migrate here. These species all rely on the vulnerable ecosystems that TGP’s compressor stations will destroy. (Insert Governor Murphy tag) you cannot allow this to happen on your watch - you must STOP TGP! #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

PROTECT OUR HIGHLANDS


Background:

The NJ Highlands are among the most iconic & visited regions in our state, boasting some of the most beautiful hikes in the tri-state region and providing an accessible escape to nature in an otherwise highly congested area. More than 311,000 acres contain public parklands with over 14 million visitors per year. The beauty and relatively clean air and water encourage these visitors to travel to West Milford and spend thousands of dollars in local establishments. Additionally, over 10% of the Highlands, approximately 110,000 acres, is in agriculture, with some of the most productive soils in the world. The Highlands are also rich with connections to our history - in total there are 597 identified historical and cultural sites and districts in the region. We cannot trust that the new compressor stations, and the noise, pollution, and smell that will come with them won’t negatively impact tourism, agriculture, and the local economy in the region. We must protect our beloved Highlands.


Twitter:

  • NJ's Highlands:

> 311,00 acres of public parklands

>14M visitors per year

>110,000 acres in agriculture

>500 identified historical/cultural sites


.@GovMurphy TGP's proposed plan threatens every aspect of life in the NJ Highlands. Please put this to an end. #ProtectNJfromTGP


  • .@GovMurphy We cannot trust that TGP's new compressor stations, and the noise, pollution and smell that will come with them won't negatively impact tourism, agriculture and the local economy in the Highlands region. #ProtectNJfromTGP

  • TGP's compressor stations would compromise the NJ Highlands, which boast some of the most beautiful hikes in the tri-state region and provide an accessible escape to nature in an otherwise highly congested area. .@GovMurphy We must protect our beloved Highlands #ProtectNJfromTGP

Instagram & Facebook Images & Captions:

  • We cannot trust that TGP’s new compressor stations, and the noise, pollution and smell that will come with them won’t negatively impact tourism, agriculture, and the local economy in the NJ Highlands region. The NJ Highlands provide 311,000 acres of parklands, including some of the most beautiful hikes in the tri-state region, 14M visitors per year, 110,000 acres of agriculture, and over 500 historical & cultural sites. TGP’s compressor stations would compromise every aspect of life in the NJ Highlands, a beloved region that provides an accessible escape to nature in an otherwise highly congested area. (Insert Governor Murphy tag), it is up to you to protect our Highlands and stop TGP once and for all. #ProtectNJfromTGP #DontGasNJ #MoratoriumNow

Other Images You Can Post BELOW!

High Point State Park (Near Wantage Compressor)

Monksville Reservoir (Near West Milford Compressor)