Federal appeals court: PennEast Pipeline can't use eminent domain to seize NJ properties


State regulators have made a key ruling against PennEast's controversial plan to construct a 120-mile natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but the company says it's still confident the feds will allow the project to move forward.

The New Jersey DEP determined PennEast's application cannot move forward because a federal court vacated condemnation orders on 49 private properties sought for the project.

PennEast says it remains confident legal issues will be resolved in its favor from precedents set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PennEast says the project would bring jobs and needed natural gas to the region. Opponents say the project would harm the environment.