Thursday, July 16, 2015

Public Hearing on Pinelands Pipeline July 28

On the Tuesday July 28th the BPU is holding a public hearing concerning NJNG’s proposal to put a pipeline in the Pinelands.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is considering a proposal by New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to put a pipeline through the Pinelands.

Environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, are convinced this pipeline will not only create an ugly scar through the Pinelands and open space in New Jersey, but it will destroy habitat, pollute high quality streams, rivers, and cut across important C1 waterways.

The proposed pipeline would be 28 miles and go through Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The route would cross through the Joint Base area in the Preservation Area established by the Pinelands Protection Act, which is supposed to get the highest level of protection.

The Pinelands are a United Nations biosphere reserve and one of the largest sources of fresh drinking water on the east coast. The Pinelands is the largest wild place left in the most densely populated region of the country. There are plants and amphibious species that are found no other place in the world. Our drinking water would be impacted if NJNG pipeline is approved.

Many of us agree that there is a need to protect the Pinelands. The meeting is a chance to make your voice heard. The meetings will be held Tuesday July 28 at 3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. at Manchester Township Municipal Building, One Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759.


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