NJ DEP Rejects Water Permit for PennEast Pipeline – What’s Next?

The New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sent PennEast Pipeline a letter yesterday saying they have closed the application for water-crossing permits for the project–without granting those permits. In April the NJDEP temporarily rejected the permits, giving PennEast another 60 days to respond to requests for more detailed information about the project (see NJ DEP Temporarily Rejects PennEast Request for Wetland Permits). The NJDEP says PennEast isn’t making sufficient progress and so they are simply closing the book on it. Which may sound like the end of the line for PennEast. That is, if you read statements by radical environmentalists like Jeff Tittel from the Sierra Club. Except it’s not game over. PennEast says, in essence, “No problem. Thanks anyway. We’ll be back and refile the application shortly.” Which they can do. Below is a copy of the letter from the NJDEP, some select (biased) coverage from anti-fossil fuel mainstream media, and a full statement from PennEast, to set the record straight…

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