A proposed 21.6-mile, 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline to serve the B.L. England power plant at Beesley's Point, NJ "is reasonably necessary for the service, convenience or welfare of the public," according to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), which has approved South Jersey Gas Company's (SJG) petition for the project.
The decision came nearly two years after the New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected an SJG proposal to build part of the $90 million pipeline through the Pinelands National Reserve, despite support for the project from Gov. Chris Christie, the DEP, the BPU and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
While most of the project is set to be constructed within right-of-ways, about 15 miles of the pipeline would travel beneath existing paved portions or roadway shoulders within the Pinelands. SJG filed an amendment to its project application with the New Jersey Pinelands Commission in May. The amendment responded to comments and issues raised during the commission's Memorandum of Agreement process and accounted for changed circumstances since the January 2014 vote.