Editorial: Pinelands Commission finds reasonable resolutions to hot issues

Makepeace Lake, Pinelands

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Given its responsibility to “preserve, protect and enhance the natural and cultural resources” of the 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Reserve in South Jersey, the Pinelands Commission will always be at the center of hot-button issues.

The nation’s first reserve and biggest largely undeveloped area on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard is also home to nearly 500,000 people. When economic, environmental and other interests involving this fifth of New Jersey land collide, it typically falls to the Pinelands Commission to come up with a balanced resolution.

Lately the commission has reached a couple of sensible decisions and compromises in such cases, and a third in one of its most contentious matters — the proposed natural gas pipeline to the Beesleys Point power plant — looks like it may be in hand soon …

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