AG rejects PennEast offers for easements on protected lands

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JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey rejected offers of compensation from the PennEast Pipeline Co. for the right to build its line through several parcels of preserved land in Hunterdon County, saying the company has not given officials enough time to evaluate the offers, and has not explained how it arrived at the specific amounts.

Writing on behalf of five state agencies that own or have an interest in the lands, Assistant Attorney General David Apy criticized PennEast’s decision to “unilaterally” set a deadline of Monday for expiration of the offers, which would allow it to build the natural gas pipeline on parts of at least three parcels totaling more than 1,300 acres.

The February 2 letter also said the state can’t allow the company to build rights of way on the land because a recently issued federal certificate that would allow construction to start can still be challenged in court …

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