Environmental groups cheer expected demise of South Jersey Gas pipeline

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DAVID LEVINSKY / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – Environmental groups believe they are on the verge of victory in their long battle against a utility company’s plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a portion of the Pinelands in deep South Jersey after another company announced it was abandoning its plan to use the line to repower a Cape May power plant.

South Jersey Gas planned to build the 22-mile pipeline from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County to Upper Township specifically to fuel the formerly coal-powered BL England plant, which was to be converted to natural gas.

Conceived over five years ago, the project has generated controversy because the company’s preferred route crossed through part of the the protected Pinelands, New Jersey’s million-acre forest that is home to rare and endangered plants and animals, along with pristine drinking water …

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