Official recommends Pinelands Commission approve pipeline

 A view of the proposed pipeline which would run along and beneath Routes 49 and 50 in New Jersey. (Map courtesy of capeatlanticreliability.com)

A view of the proposed pipeline which would run along and beneath Routes 49 and 50 in New Jersey. (Map courtesy of capeatlanticreliability.com)

The executive director of the New Jersey commission considering a new gas pipeline through the Pinelands has recommended the panel approve the project.

Pinelands Commission executive director Nancy Wittenberg said in a report on Friday that the proposed roughly 20-mile pipeline should be approved subject to conditions.

The conditions include disposing of construction debris at a licensed facility and ensuring sediment doesn’t seep into wetlands.

The commission is expected to consider the pipeline at a meeting on Friday.

South Jersey Gas proposes to run the pipe from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County to the B.L. England power plant in Upper Township. It would run mostly under or alongside roads.

Environmental groups fear it will harm the fragile Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development there.

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