PennEast Files for Water Crossing Permits in NJ – Antis All Atwitter

Today is, hopefully, a joyous day for the PennEast Pipeline. Today is the day that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is supposed to, after three delays, issue the project a final Environmental Impact Statement. If/when that final EIS is issued, the only step remaining, from the federal perspective, is a certification of the project. Typically a favorable final EIS is the big step, and the certification then is perfunctory–a given. We have to confess we are on pins and needles because the project has now been delayed three times, a red flag in our book (see FERC Delays PennEast Pipe 3rd Time, PennEast Spins as ‘Good News’). However, anticipating a favorable final EIS, PennEast applied with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a Freshwater Wetlands Impact Permit. For some reason, the act of filing for that permit before receiving the final FERC EIA has anti-fossil fuelers in an outrage. They claim PennEast has jumped the gun, that they are behaving like the project is “inevitable” (which it is, by the way). Arrogant. And how dare these evil, filthy, fossil fuel-polluting companies DARE do something they (anti-fossil fuel nutters) don’t want them to do? That’s the “moral” outrage we’re seeing in New Jersey’s far-left “media” reporting on it. For us, it’s a routine application for a permit. For them, it’s the end of their contrived, perfect, snowflake world…

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