Far Hills, NJ (May 25, 2017) – New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ issued the following statement about the letter New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today regarding the PennEast pipeline:
“This sends a clear message that NJDEP won’t review PennEast’s grossly inadequate application until it has been properly completed,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ.
“Today’s letter gives New Jersey residents more confidence that NJDEP will hold PennEast fully accountable to the law, and will protect our air, water, and land from this dangerous, unneeded pipeline.”
In a letter today, NJDEP notified FERC that PennEast’s application to the state agency is incomplete and cannot be considered until it receives all the required environmental survey data and analyses.
With this letter, NJDEP is upholding its Clean Water Act obligations and the strict reviews required by both federal and state law.
In its final Environmental Impact Statement, FERC lacked most of the data required to conduct an environmental review.
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