PennEast pipeline receives challenge from conservation groups

The PennEast pipeline project between western New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, which is said to deliver safe, low-cost energy, gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January.

But now there's a request filed for a re-hearing of FERC's issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for PennEast. 

Lawyers for New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook -- Millstone Watershed Association recently filed the issuance. On behalf of their clients, the Eastern Environmental Law Center and Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, they reviewed evidence which they say shows the pipeline isn't needed to deliver gas to the region, ensure reliability or reduce gas prices. 

“FERC ignored volumes of evidence from experts demonstrating that the region PennEast purports to be serving has more than enough gas and that the PennEast pipeline is not needed,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, NJ Conservation. “There is clearly no benefit to this proposed project, yet PennEast has already started the eminent domain process to take property from more than 100 landowners in New Jersey alone.”

When FERC approved the PennEast pipeline project in January, commissioners said, “based on the benefits the project will provide to the shippers, the lack of adverse effects on existing customers, other pipelines and their captive customers, and effects on landowners and surrounding communities, we find…that the public convenience and necessity requires approval of PennEast’s proposal, subject to the conditions discussed below."

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