Some 600 opponents of a proposed South Jersey Gas pipeline through preserved areas of the New Jersey Pinelands voiced their outrage today at a 9-5 decision by the Pinelands Commission to permit the pipeline installation. The project has been fought in and out of court for years by environmentalists, three former governors, and the commission’s two previous directors. NJTV’s Brenda Flanagan has the story above.
here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/business/article134687414.html#storylink=cpyEnvironmental groups fear the pipeline will harm the fragile Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development. They say it will cause a loss of habitat and increase runoff and erosion in an area that is home to an aquifer that is estimated to hold 17 trillion gallons of some of the nation’s purest water.
South Jersey Gas maintains that in addition to providing a cleaner fuel source to the power plant, the new pipeline would provide a second transmission vehicle for natural gas to customers in the two southern New Jersey counties. Currently, only one pipeline takes gas to nearly 29,000 homes and businesses, which could be left out in the cold without a second way of getting gas to their homes if the existing pipeline fails.
GREENTV Source: Outraged by vote approving pipeline through NJ Pinelands