“This is a significant setback for PennEast. However, NJDEP should have rejected PennEast’s application for permits outright. It fails to meet the basic procedural requirements under the law that allow NJDEP to review it — especially their lack of legal rights to most of the properties in question,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, and New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ.
“NJDEP has repeatedly stated it won’t consider an application without all surveys completed and the required missing data and analyses. NJDEP’s response today fell short of listing all the information necessary for NJDEP to deem an application administratively complete, like an alternatives analysis and species surveys.”
Gilbert’s statement comes in response to a letter from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regarding PennEast’s recent application for two key permits for its pipeline project: a Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit and a Water Quality Certificate.
A copy of the letter can be accessed here.