Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Green groups coming to Trenton with Pinelands in mind

A coalition of environmental organizations plans to rally on the steps of the State House at noon Wednesday to press for rejection of a proposed natural gas pipeline through a section of the Pines.

The enviros say they'll "release an important letter and deliver thousands of petitions to the Governor's Office."

The  Pinelands Preservation Alliance, New Jersey Sierra Club, Environment New Jersey, Environmental Federation, and Food and Water Watch all object to the possibility that members of the the state Pinelands Commission might vote on January 10 to waive their rules and allow South Jersey Gas to build a natural gas pipeline to supply the B. L. England power plant.

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The plant currently operates on coal and is a major source of air pollution in South Jersey. Plant operators say they will be forced to close the facility unless the pipeline is built to supply them with cleaner-burning natural gas for fuel. 

The coalition contends that the pipeline would violate the Pinelands Plan, which forbids using the Forest Area as a transit route for pipelines and similar infrastructure.

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