Gov. Murphy’s administration has the opportunity to do what the federal government failed to do: tell PennEast that its project is both economically and environmentally harmful.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker urged FERC to withdraw its conditional Certificate for PennEast pipeline, saying it threatens “fundamental Constitutional rights” since PennEast is not approved.
The State of NJ and land trusts have asked a court to reject PennEast’s request to condemn 149 NJ properties along its proposed gas pipeline route. The pipeline does not even have approval to build its project.
FERC’s letter did not grant the re-hearing requests. Instead, the evasive letter attempted to grant FERC indefinite time to respond to the requests. In other pipeline cases, this delay tactic has resulted in FERC’s response arriving too late to stop the pipeline.
The state’s additional move to prevent PennEast from taking private homes and property showed strong leadership to protect the public interest from this unneeded pipeline.