New Jersey AG appeals PennEast pipeline eminent domain ruling

 

Last month, Federal Judge Brian Martinotti ruled the PennEast Pipeline project will benefit the public and allowed the project to proceed in the Garden State.

On Friday, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked the feds to reconsider the ruling arguing the state has "sovereign immunity" from eminent domain under the 11th Amendment.

Tom Gilbert with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation is pleased with the the attorney general's continued pursuit.

"It shows they're obviously taking their responsibility for those lands very seriously," said Gilbert.

Two weeks ago, Gilbert led a group of elected officials and property owners in protest of the federal court's decision at a resident's home in Hopewell Township, Mercer County.

That home sits right in the middle of where the proposed pipeline would be. The pipeline would push a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But before it can begin construction, PennEast needs approval from both states.

"No matter what the outcome here, we know that PennEast has a very, very long way to go," said Gilbert.

Grewal has requested a hearing on the matter for later this month.

In response to the filing, a PennEast spokesperson said "We are reviewing the State's motions, but are very confident in the well-reasoned and sound rulings from Judge Martinotti.​"

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