Submitted by: Christopher Gribbin, MD, 225th President of the Medical Society of New Jersey:
“The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) overwhelmingly voted to oppose the proposed PennEast Pipeline at its annual meeting on Saturday May 6, 2017. The society’s House of Delegates adopted a resolution, submitted by the Hunterdon County Medical Society, opposing the pipeline based on health, safety and environmental concerns.
The MSNJ resolution cited research noting that the natural gas pipeline is proposed to be 118 miles long, would contain an enormous amount of explosive and combustible hydrocarbon material under immense pressure, and would pass through Hunterdon and Mercer counties in close proximity to communities, schools, medical facilities, parks and navigable waterways.
The resolution also noted that natural gas pipelines are known to raise the level of arsenic in the type of limestone aquifers which supply much of the water for homes and farms in Hunterdon County, and also to raise the levels of arsenic in ground water with a significant environmental impact and detriment to livestock and agriculture.
The physicians of this state are committed to improving the health and safety of our citizens. The PennEast Pipeline presents a safety and environmental health threat to the well-being of our population, and we urge our governmental officials to use every effort to halt the proposal.”
Dr. Christopher Gribbin, a board-certified radiologist with specialty certification in vascular and interventional radiology, has extensive experience in academic leadership and deep rooted ties to the New Brunswick community. He practices diagnostic and interventional radiology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, where he has taught medical students, residents and fellows for more than 25 years. Additionally, Dr. Gribbin serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology and helps oversee the Interventional Radiology fellowship at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also the co-chief of Interventional Radiology and co-founder of the Pediatric Multidisciplinary Vascular Clinic at Saint Peter’s, dealing with vascular anomalies in the childhood population. He has been a reviewer for New Jersey Health Foundation since its inception and is a member of the inaugural class of the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy.