Friday, January 10, 2014

Pinelands Commission rejects controversial gas pipeline

**More related news stories added at 2:20 p.m.**
**Related news stories added at 2:20 p.m.**

On a 7-7 vote this morning, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected a staff-recommended natural gas pipeline that had the support of Gov. Chris Christie's
Department of Environmental Protection and the state's Board of Public Utilities.

Four previous governors opposed the proposal under which the South Jersey Gas Company would pay the Commission $8 million for environmental projects in return for an exemption to a long-standing ban on new transmission pipelines through the forest area, a zone where most development is prohibited.

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Many will speculate whether the result would have been different had the vote come prior to the so-called "Bridgegate" political scandal that has engulfed the Governor, forcing him to fire a key member of his inner circle and accept the resignations of two high-level appointees at the Port Authority of NY/NJ.

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NOTE: We'll be updating this post throughout the day with print and video stories on the vote.

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