Environment New Jersey celebrates the end of a dangerous pipeline plan

New Jersey waterways and preserved lands are safer, thanks to the withdrawal of plans to build a 116-mile gas pipeline.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

What do 235 New Jersey waterways and 4,300 acres of preserved lands in the state have in common? They are now safer, thanks to the withdrawal of plans to build a 116-mile gas pipeline.

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the PennEast Pipeline Company to use the eminent domain process to seize land, Environment New Jersey and our allies continued to raise objections to granting the company state permits for its pipeline. On Sept. 27, PennEast announced it was dropping the plan, which would have resulted in more than 460 new fracked gas wells and increased fracking water demands by 880 million gallons.  

“This is a watershed victory to stop fossil fuel companies from destroying our natural lands and waterways, and polluting our climate,” said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. "This win is a testament that you can’t bulldoze the public and the environment.” 

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Photo: When we drill, we spill. The pipeline could have endangered many of New Jersey's iconic waters. Credit: via shutterstock_384534955, CC BY 2.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.