Opinion: NJ will gain nothing from PennEast pipeline

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MICHELE S. BYERS / DAILY RECORD – There’s been lots in the news lately about proposed new natural gas pipelines. And you’ve probably noticed serious opposition from landowners, environmental groups and elected officials.

That’s because New Jersey has found itself dead center in the face of a new type of sprawl. Right now, our little state has 1,520 miles of existing natural gas pipelines with enough capacity to supply New Jerseyans even in the coldest weather. But if we don’t change course soon, we won’t be the Garden State — we’ll be the Pipeline State!

So many people are asking, “Do we need more pipelines?” The simple answer is, “No.” …

Michele S. Byers is executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

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