It’s Tuesday, September 28, and the PennEast pipeline has been scrapped.
The developers behind a proposed pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey canceled the $1.2 billion project on Monday, after years of protests, legal challenges, and regulatory hurdles stymied the effort.
Three months after winning a key approval from the U.S. Supreme Court, PennEast Pipeline Co. scuttled the 116-mile project, citing regulatory barriers including the need for a water quality permit in New Jersey that had previously been denied.
The 36-inch-diameter pipeline would have crossed the Delaware River and dozens of other waterways along its route. Environmental groups have lambasted the pipeline for years, claiming it would pollute rivers and wetlands, damage preserved open space, and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions when operational.
While burning natural gas produces fewer CO2 emissions than burning coal or petroleum products, leaks throughout the natural gas system release methane — a potent greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who has promised to transition the state away from fossil fuels, applauded the project’s demise on Monday.
“I welcome today’s decision by PennEast to cease development on this project and am committed to protecting our state’s natural resources and building a clean energy future that works for all New Jerseyans,” Murphy said in a statement.
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