Pinelands Commission Approves Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines

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Anti-fossil fuel radicals behaved badly, as they usually do, at yesterday’s New Jersey Pinelands Commission meeting. Using “whistles, cowbells and shouts,” and holding “Pinocchio noses to their faces,” radical antis from groups like the Sierra Club tried to bully commissioners into denying approval of a $130 million, 28-mile natural gas pipeline proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to connect NJNG’s distribution system serving customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties (in NJ) and the interstate pipeline system adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. Spoiled, rotten-acting children grow up to be spoiled, rotten-acting adults. Ever notice that truism? The pipeline runs through 12 miles of scrub pines that are “protected” in NJ. The “Southern Reliability Link” pipeline project, as it is called, is meant to provide a backup for hundreds of thousands of NJ residents who lost access to natural gas following Super Storm Sandy. Such reliability makes no difference to radicals (many of them out-of-state) who irrationally hate all fossil fuels. The Sierra Club sued to stop the project. The courts ruled that the Commission would need to hold a full vote on whether to approve it, so the Commission held a public hearing in July (see Antis Oppose Tiny Pipeline Thru Scrub Pines in N NJ at Hearing). Yesterday the full Commission voted, 8 to 4 (with 1 abstention), to approve the Southern Reliability Link. Finally! Of course the radicals say they will now launch yet another frivolous lawsuit to try and stop it, claiming the Commission “ignored the law” in approving the project. No, Sierra Club, YOU are the ones who continually ignore the law…
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NJ Pinelands Commission Approves 22-Mile Pipe Thru Scrub Pines

In January 2014 MDN brought you the story that due to incessant nagging from the NJ Sierra Club and the NJ League of [Liberal Democrat] Women Voters the Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, nixed a plan for a new natural gas pipeline to bring cheap, clean, abundant Marcellus Shale natural gas to South Jersey for use by residents and to feed an electric plant a local utility wants to convert from burning coal to natgas (see Sierra Club, LWV Chooses Coal over NatGas in South Jersey). In May 2014, NJ Gov. Chris Christie replaced two of the “no” voters on the Pinelands Commission, much to the consternation of the antis (see Marcellus Pipeline May Come to South Jersey After All). In August 2015, the staffers who actually do the work of the Commission decided to act, saying that they had the authority to approve the pipeline without a full Commission vote to do so. A panel of three New Jersey Appellate Division judges last November rejected that claim and said if you want to build a pipeline through the scrub pines, the full Commission must vote to do so (see Court Setback for NJ Pipeline Slated to Run Through Scrub Pines). So in January, the Pinelands Commission held a public hearing before scheduling a vote of the full Commission on the project (see Large Crowd Turns Out For/Against 22-Mile Pipeline in NJ Scrub Pines). Last Friday the Commission met and voted to approve the project. Finally! Of course the vote was not without incident. Anti fossil fuelers, behaving like petulant 3 year-olds, continually disrupted the meeting and tried to drown out the voting process with hollering, singing and chanting. In the end the misbehaving children–which included a priest and the head of the NJ Sierra Club–lost. They reacted like the petulant children (in adult bodies) they are, with threats and innuendo…
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NJ Pinelands Commission Chairman Replaced, Pipeline Back On?

In January 2014 MDN brought you the story that due to incessant nagging from the NJ Sierra Club and the NJ League of [Liberal Democrat] Women Voters the Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, nixed a plan for a new natural gas pipeline to bring cheap, clean, abundant Marcellus Shale natural gas to South Jersey for use by residents and to feed an electric plant a local utility wants to convert from burning coal to natgas (see Sierra Club, LWV Chooses Coal over NatGas in South Jersey). In May 2014, NJ Gov. Chris Christie replaced two of the “no” voters on the Pinelands Commission, much to the consternation of the antis (see Marcellus Pipeline May Come to South Jersey After All). It was our hope that the plan to build the short 22-mile pipeline to bring natural gas to South Jersey would once again reactivate. So far it hasn’t. But perhaps there is new hope. Gov. Christie has just replaced the chairman of the Pinelands Commission with his own person in that position. The former chairman, who is a Republican (but caved to pressure and voted no on the pipeline) is not saying this is political payback, but he implies such is the case. We certainly hope it is…
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jul 23, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Equitrans Midstream announces quarterly dividend; After drilling mishap condemns home, gas pipeline opponents ask to halt all work; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Tellurian, Petronet renew Driftwood LNG talks; NATIONAL: Natural gas generation nabs growing share of installed U.S. microgrid capacity; Bounceback in U.S. shale oil output is unlikely to last the summer; Oil and gas companies tap DUC inventories to boost production at lower costs; Biden administration risk for energy sector reaches beyond domestic policy; Pipeline shutdown could hurt low-income Americans; Houston banks sell off energy loans, cut credit lines to oil and gas companies.
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NJ DEP Stops Construction of Southern Reliability Link Pipe

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New Jersey Natural Gas’ (NJNG) $130 million, 22-mile natural gas pipeline project called the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline project to connect NJNG’s distribution system serving customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties (in NJ) has been under construction for a year. Construction has continued even during the virus pandemic (see Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines Continues Building During COVID-19). The odious Sierra Club (anti-fossil fuel nutters) has finally succeeded in convincing the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection to shut down construction on the project–at least temporarily.
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Court Shoots Down Anti Lawsuit Against Pipe Thru NJ Scrub Pines

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New Jersey Natural Gas’ (NJNG) $130 million, 22-mile natural gas pipeline project called the Southern Reliability Link has been in the works since at least 2017. A 10-mile section of the project passes through “protected” scrub pines and swamps. The project is plagued by political opposition from NJ’s Democrat Party (now in charge of the state) and by lawsuits filed by leftist Big Green groups, including the Sierra Club. A NJ state appeals court has just shot down a lawsuit filed by the radical group People Over Pipelines. It’s rare we get to celebrate a victory like this, so let’s celebrate!
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NJ Gov Packs Pine Commission with Radical Leftists to Block Pipes

Two weeks ago MDN reported that a New Jersey state commission, the Pinelands Commission, which has a power to block a pipeline through 10 miles of “protected” scrub pines and swamp lands, is currently paralyzed in their efforts to roll back permission previously granted for the pipeline project under Republican Gov. Chris Christie (see NJ Commission Remains Paralyzed on Revoking Pipeline Approval). NJ’s new Democrat governor, Phil Murphy, is attempting to pack the commission with radical leftists to unparalyze the commission.
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NJ Commission Remains Paralyzed on Revoking Pipeline Approval

Another chapter in the long-drawn-out saga of the effort to build a 22-mile pipeline in New Jersey. In February MDN reported that New Jersey radicals had succeeded in scuttling a plan to convert an old coal-fired electric plant into using natural gas (see Cape May NatGas Power Plant Dead – Scrub Pines Pipeline Too?). At the time we raised the question about whether the pipeline that would feed the plant would still get built. A state commission that previously approved the pipeline indicated in March they would unapprove it, given the power plant project is now dead (see NJ Commission Pulls Approval for Short Pipe Thru Scrub Pines). However, the commission still has not officially revoked permission to build the pipeline. Why?
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Mom Nature Torches 10K Ac. of NJ Scrub Pines, Makes Way for Pipe?

What will Jeff Tittel of the odious New Jersey Sierra Club say now? Tittel and his ilk have for years litigated to block a natural gas pipeline that would flow Marcellus gas from PA into New Jersey, a pipeline that would cross through 10 miles of scrub pines colloquially known as the Pinelands–a “protected” area in NJ. Tittel objected to cutting down a few hundred scrub pine trees to make way for the pipeline. And just like that, Mother Nature came along last weekend and torched 10,000 acres of those same scrub pines via a forest fire. Maybe Mom Nature is clearing the trees for the pipeline?!
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NJ Commission Pulls Approval for Short Pipe Thru Scrub Pines

Two weeks ago MDN told you that New Jersey radicals had succeeded in scuttling a plan to convert an old coal-fired electric plant into using natural gas (see Cape May NatGas Power Plant Dead – Scrub Pines Pipeline Too?). At that time we raised the question about whether a tiny 22-mile pipeline that would feed the plant would still get built. A state commission that had approved that pipeline has just unapproved it–so we now have our answer.
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FERC OKs Transco Garden State Expansion Phase 2 for Startup

In April 2016, three Obama-appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners approved the $116 million Williams Transco Garden State Expansion pipeline project (see FERC Approves NJ Pipeline – More Marcellus Gas on the Way!). The project was created to address supply disruptions following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. By upgrading compressor stations and adding a new meter station, the Garden State Expansion project will supply an extra 180 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas to a new delivery point on Transco’s existing Trenton Woodbury Lateral pipeline. However, two towns in Burlington County, NJ (Bordentown and Chesterfield), where some of the work would be done for Phase 2 of the project, filed a lawsuit last year asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn FERC’s previous decision to allow the project (see FERC Fights NJ Town Effort to Decertify Garden State Expansion). We’re happy to report the lawsuit was unsuccessful. We’re even happier to report that both compressors are built and as of Friday, FERC granted permission for both stations to come online and begin pumping extra Marcellus gas through the system…
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Sierra Club Files 2nd Lawsuit Against Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines

In September, members of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a $130 million, 28-mile natural gas pipeline proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to connect NJNG’s distribution system serving customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties (in NJ) and the interstate pipeline system adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike (see Pinelands Commission Approves Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines). Antis at the September meeting, many of them members of the far-left Sierra Club, behaved like spoiled rotten children–using “whistles, cowbells and shouts,” and holding “Pinocchio noses to their faces” to try and bully commissioners into voting “no” on the plan. Unfortunately the spoiled rotten children, via the Sierra Club, have lots of money to litigate. They did it before, forcing a full vote by the Pinelands Commission (see Court Setback for NJ Pipeline Slated to Run Through Scrub Pines). They’re doing it again. On Friday the Sierra Club filed a second challenge against the pipeline plan. This time the lawsuit was filed with the NJ state appeals court, seeking to overturn the vote in September to approve the project…
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Antis Oppose Tiny Pipeline Thru Scrub Pines in N NJ at Hearing

In January 2016, MDN told you about a $130 million, 30-mile natural gas pipeline proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to connect NJNG’s distribution system serving customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties (in NJ) and the interstate pipeline system adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. The idea came about after Superstorm Sandy. How can NJNG create reliable natgas service in the region, preventing major disruptions like that which happened after Sandy? The “Southern Reliability Link” pipeline project was the result, and in January the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved it 5-0 (see Southern NJ NatGas Pipeline Approved by State BPU). Because its natural gas and because the Sierra Club has an irrational hatred of all fossil fuels (and loads of money to burn), the nutjobs from the Sierra Club threatened to sue to stop it. Stop 30 miles of pipeline that would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. They made good on their threat in April 2016 (see Radical Sierra Club Sues NJ to Stop Much-Needed NatGas Pipeline). A fair bit has happened since that time. A state appellate court told the Pinelands Commission, which oversees a protected area of pine trees stretching from northern to southern NJ, that the Commission would have to have public participation (i.e. a public hearing) before the Commission could approve the pipeline plan. So the Pinelands Commission held a hearing this past Wednesday, with a predictable result. Sierra Clubbers and other virulent anti-fossil fuel freaks turned out in droves to badmouth the project. Over some 15 miles of pipeline that would pass through a stand of scrub pines…
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Sierra Club Sues NJ to Stop 22-Mile Pipeline Thru Scrub Pines

In January 2014 MDN brought you the story that due to incessant nagging from the NJ Sierra Club and the NJ League of [Liberal Democrat] Women Voters the Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, nixed a plan for a new natural gas pipeline to bring cheap, clean, abundant Marcellus Shale natural gas to South Jersey for use by residents and to feed an electric plant a local utility wants to convert from burning coal to natgas (see Sierra Club, LWV Chooses Coal over NatGas in South Jersey). Without recounting the entire history of this issue (see our previous stories), suffice it to say the Commission eventually saw the light and in February approved the short, 22-mile pipeline (see NJ Pinelands Commission Approves 22-Mile Pipe Thru Scrub Pines). It took them two months, but the litigious (and radical) Sierra Club, along with their radical blood brothers at Environment New Jersey, this week sued to stop the project. The NJ Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel says the Pinelands Commission has “sold out the Pinelands” and so the Clubbers must now shoulder the burden of protecting scrub pines from an evil fossil fuel pipeline…
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Large Crowd Turns Out For/Against 22-Mile Pipeline in NJ Scrub Pines

On Monday the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, held a public hearing to listen to comments on a plan to build a 22-mile pipeline through the scrub pines, burying it alongside the road so as to not disturb any spindly trees. The pipeline will supply clean-burning natural gas to a power plant currently fed by coal, cleaning up the air and lowering CO2 emissions. But dunderheads in the area are still opposed–largely incited by radical environmental groups like the NJ Sierra Club and the odious Food & Water Watch, who spread lies about the project. So many people turned up for the meeting, it maxed out the meeting room of 260 and some had to wait outside in the rain (which didn’t sit well with the pampered snowflakes). Predictably many who showed up wanted to go on record as opposed to the project. Isn’t that always the case? It’s easy to motivate people to attend a meeting when they’re against something–much harder to attract people who support something. At any rate, the surprising thing about yesterday’s meeting were the many people who turned out to support the pipeline. Also predictable, at least one anti (from the odious Food & Water Watch) couldn’t contain herself and had to be ejected for disrupting the meeting…
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