PennEast is overhauling its controversial project to construct a more than 100-mile natural gas pipeline between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
PennEast's original proposal called for a continuous pipeline between Luzerne County, Pennsylvania into Mercer County, New Jersey. But the company has encountered big battles over eminent domain, especially on the Jersey side.
Now, PennEast has filed an amended plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to first construct a 68-mile stretch from Luzerne County to Bethlehem Township, Northampton County by November 2021.
The rest of the pipeline would be finished in a second phase by 2023.
PennEast says the project would bring jobs and affordable, clean energy to the region. Opponents say the project would harm the environment. They argue there is no shortage of natural gas, so a pipeline is not needed to boost supplies.
In a statement, PennEast's chairman says, "Building the project in phases allows PennEast to meet the clear public need in the short term in Pennsylvania, and in the long term in New Jersey by affording sufficient time for permit and legal issues to be resolved."