JANET TAURO / APP.COM – The owners of the B.L. England Beasley coal plant will not pursue plans to retrofit the South Jersey facility to natural gas, effectively giving the death knell to the highly controversial Pinelands pipeline.
The 23-mile, high-pressure gas pipeline would have traveled from Millville to the B.L. England plant in Upper Township. State officials repeatedly had cited the plant for polluting air emissions. It is set to close in May.
While good news for the ecologically fragile core forest preserve, it does not mean plans for other carbon-producing gas projects are not still on the burner.
Another pipeline through a part of the Pinelands proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas would carry natural gas from Chesterfield to Manchester and cut through Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst …