Debate swirls as proposed gas pipeline inches forward

It could be a year before federal regulators decide whether to greenlight a proposed 100-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to central New Jersey.

But already the company pushing the project and opponents are geared up for a fight.

Opponents say the pipeline poses possible environmental harm to the Delaware River Valley and would leave a scar across the region.

The PennEast Pipeline Company argues the $1 billion project will bring jobs and a reliable energy source to the region.

The debate comes as the company awaits a reply from federal regulators on a permit to proceed with construction.

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