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PennEast Pipeline would fuel Blue Mountain expansion

PALMERTON, Pa. - Blue Mountain Resort officials said its expansion plans are dependent on the construction of the PennEast Pipeline.

In April, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its final environmental impact study for the PennEast Pipeline. It said the environmental impacts of the proposed roughly 120-mile, $1.2 billion natural gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to New Jersey would be "effectively limited."

The Blue Mountain CEO, Barbara Green, said Monday the report is a step in the right direction for the resort's development plans.

Blue Mountain hopes to build a new condominium hotel and an outdoor hot springs spa complex. Green said the PennEast Pipeline would give them access to natural gas they need to complete these plans.

Environmental groups are strongly opposed to the project, which they say would irreversibly damage the landscape.

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