TRENTON, NJ - Although the project just cleared another hurdle in the approval process by the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC), Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) vows to continue to push back against the controversial PennEast Pipeline.

“This fight is far from over,” Bateman said. “From the very beginning, our residents have made it clear that they don’t want this pipeline cutting through their communities, and there’s no reason to give up now. There’s a long way to go before this project gets final approval.”

FERC has issued a final environmental impact statement for the proposed pipeline but before construction can begin the project must get final approvals from FERC, as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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The proposed pipeline would carry natural gas on a 110-mile journey from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The 36-inch pipe could cut over the Delaware River and through some of New Jersey’s most pristine landscapes in Hunterdon and Mercer counties.

Ever since the project was announced, Bateman has stood alongside local residents and organizations that remain concerned about the damage it would do to the community. He said he will continue to work with them as the approval process goes forward.

“I’m not giving up, and I know the rest of this project’s opponents won’t either,” Bateman said. “Developing a viable energy plan and improving our utility infrastructure is crucial to this state’s future. However, it can’t come at the expense of devastating our environment or putting property values at risk. PennEast can’t go forward as planned.”