Wildlife Impacts

Flora and fauna of all sizes will be detrimentally affected by the polluted air and water that would result from emissions from this proposed pipeline compressor station. 

The Northern Long-Eared Bat is an Endangered Species Act-listed threatened species, and was detected in an area close to the proposed compressor station site in 2017. A document produced by Natural Park Service (NPS) biologist Mikaila Milton, titled Northern Long-Eared Bat Detection (see below), shows a map of the areas where the biologist conducted bat-detection studies and states her findings of where the Northern Long-Eared bat has been located. Both areas are less than two miles from the proposed compressor station site.

 

The construction of the compressor station, the dewatering process and the pollution from emissions all have the potential to greatly affect the population of these threatened bats. 
 

Directly across the road from the site are two large parcels of land, totaling 146 acres, which are owned by the National Park Service and are covered by the strongest easements in Piscataway National Park. June & Howard Jones, former residents of the Moyaone Reserve, purchased these parcels of land and had very strict easements placed upon them. The 146 acres were later donated to NPS to be a wildlife refuge. These easements go so far as to state that no one is allowed to enter this land, other than NPS employees. NPS biologists have located many rare species of flora and fauna here. There is great concern that both the construction dewatering process for the proposed pipeline compressor station, along with massive pollution emissions will cause tremendous damage to this sensitive area, which includes wetlands. A map from the SDAT tax website, NPS Protected Land, shows the location of the wildlife refuge its proximity to the proposed compressor station site. 

In addition, Piscataway Park boasts a large and unusual variety of wildlife, with some species rarely seen in this area. The undisturbed woodlands, shorelines and wetlands provide shelter and sustenance for many animals, including, but not limited to the following more common species:

 

  • Black racer snakes

  • Red foxes

  • Wild turkeys

  • Wood ducks

  • Herons

  • Night hawks

  • Coyotes 

  • Numerous resident and migratory songbirds and shorebirds

  • Bald eagles

  • Ospreys

  • Migrating sand hill cranes

  • Red-shouldered, Coopers and Red-tailed hawks

  • Black vultures and turkey vultures

  • Barred owls

  • Pileated woodpeckers

  • American beaver

  • Woodchuck

  • Box turtles

  • Snapping turtles

  • Green tree frogs

  • Grey tree frogs

  • Spring peepers

  • American toads

  • American bull frogs

  • Green frogs

  • Spotted salamander

  • Broadhead skinks (blue-tailed lizards)

Additional Information and Resources

Northern Long-Eared Bat Factsheet (pdf)
Northern Long-Eared Bat Detection (pdf)
NPS Protected Land (pdf)

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