FLEMINGTON, NJ – Four Hunterdon Freeholders have joined with officials from 15 municipalities to oppose the proposed PennEast gas pipeline.
In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, Freeholders John Lanza, John King, Mathew Holt and Susanne Lagay asked the DEP to reject PennEast’s application “because of the threats it poses to health, safety, property rights, and natural and historic resources.”
To build the pipeline, PennEast needs a Freshwater Wetlands Permit and Water Quality Certificate. The letter, which was sent to DEP Commissioner Robert Martin, said that “PennEast has failed to demonstrate legitimate public need for the project.”
“This pipeline would damage thousands of acres of preserved open space and farmland,” Lanza said. He added that “every New Jersey taxpayer has invested” in the preservation efforts.
All of the municipalities along the proposed pipeline route, as well as Hunterdon and Mercer counties, previously passed resolutions in opposition to the project, and many landowners along the 38-mile route in New Jersey are also opposed.
An April 26 opinion by DEP concluded that a PennEast application submitted earlier that month was incomplete. The state said it will not consider an application without all of the required surveys, data, and analyses.