Monday, May 6, 2013

Monitoring Training This Saturday!

Pipeline Watch Training
Sat, May 11, 2013 10:00AM to 12:30PM 

RSVP for location to:
Faith Zerbe
Monitoring Director
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
610-291-1403 (cell)
DRN’s Pollution Hotline –

Is Tennessee Gas Pipeline taking over your neighborhood building a fracked gas pipeline? Join Delaware Riverkeeper Network for a pipeline watch training for local volunteer monitors this Saturday in Milford PA.

Learn more and register here:
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) has relied on trained volunteer monitors for over twenty years to help monitor and protect the sensitive streams, rivers and habitats that flow through the Delaware River Basin.  DRN currently supports about 70 stream stations in the Upper Delaware Basin alone where dedicated trained volunteers and landowners collect stream quality data on a monthly basis in areas where gas drilling threatens the Basin.

For these pipeline watch trainings (there is also a second training planned for May 20th from 5:30-8pm), DRN will teach local community members a visual assessment that will be used to help document potential pollution originating from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction practices, especially during times of rain when sediment pollution can greatly affect the health of surrounding waterbodies.  By having a trained corps of local Pipeline Watchers on the ground and reporting issues to agencies on a regular basis throughout the construction process and after, we can help hold these large corporations accountable when they pollute and alert agencies to follow up.

DRN is specifically looking for landowners or local citizens in the area affected by the Tennessee Gas Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP) project underway now and through the summer months (including Wayne and Pike County PA and Sussex County NJ in the Delaware Watershed) who can frequently monitor nearby pipeline activities safely and during times of rain when soils may be washed away and polluting nearby streams.  Residents outside of the Delaware Basin that live near the NEUP are also invited to attend.

See some of the damage done by Tennessee Gas Pipeline here captured already by DRN and our volunteer monitors:

Topics to be covered during the workshop will include:
-Volunteer monitor code of ethics and landowner permission process
-Understanding the basics of pipeline construction
-The basics of photo documentation - (binoculars and camera with a good zoom lens is essential)
-Understanding pipeline alignment sheets
-Basic Erosion and Sediment Control Measures and what to Look For
-Reporting Pollution to the Proper Agencies and Getting it on Record
-Review of Visual Assessment

This workshop will be indoors.


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