A proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods in New Jersey atop some of the nation’s purest drinking water has drawn vigorous opposition, according to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.
During a recent public hearing on the pipeline plan held in Pemberton, NJ, supporters and foes packed the room, the article states. “The proposed pipeline has been hotly fought by environmental groups, who fear it will harm the fragile Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development there,” the Chronicle wrote. “They said it would cause a loss of some habitat and increase runoff and erosion in an area home to an aquifer estimated to hold 17 trillion gallons of some of the nation's purest water.”
Four former state governors — two Republicans and two Democrats — also oppose the pipeline, citing their desire to protect a natural resource.
“With a new Republican administration in power in Washington that is more receptive to fossil fuel energy projects, the fate of the Pinelands pipeline is sure to be closely watched by national energy and environmental groups,” the article states.
To read the Houston Chronicle article, click here.
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