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PennEast pipeline receives approval from Bethlehem Authority

The proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline has received approval from the Bethlehem Authority.

The board unanimously authorized PennEast to use land near its water supply in the Poconos. The full pipeline will run from an area near Wilkes-Barre to approximately Trenton, New Jersey to equal a distance of around 120 miles.

Officials with the Authority say the recent agreement prevents a potentially-long court battle while also offering protections on the land.

PennEast officials say they will be using eminent domain to get the remaining property needed for the pipeline.

Bethlehem Authority officials say environmental protections would have been reduced if they let the process go through eminent domain.

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