BL England decision may doom pipeline but natural-gas projects still on

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The demise of the B.L. England power plant appears to doom a 22-mile gas pipeline through the Pinelands to the facility, an outcome widely welcomed by opponents, many of whom favor a moratorium on all new fossil-fuel projects in New Jersey.

“By stopping the fossil fuel plant and rendering the unwarranted pipeline moot, it sets the right course for 100 percent renewables by 2050,’’ said Amy Goldsmith, state director for Clean Water Action, referring to a Murphy administration goal.

Perhaps so. But on the day after RC Cape May Holdings announced it was abandoning plans to repower its coal units with natural gas, New Jersey Natural Gas asked the state to allow it to invest $507 million over five years to enhance the reliability of its gas system …

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