Some 600 opponents of a proposed South Jersey Gas pipeline through preserved areas of the New Jersey Pinelands voiced their outrage today at a 9-5 decision by the Pinelands Commission to permit the pipeline installation. The project has been fought in and out of court for years by environmentalists, three former governors, and the commission's two previous directors. NJTV's Brenda Flanagan has the story above.
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New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."
Environmental groups fear the pipeline will harm the fragile Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development. They say it will cause a loss of habitat and increase runoff and erosion in an area that is home to an aquifer that is estimated to hold 17 trillion gallons of some of the nation's purest water.