DEP pushes back again on PennEast Pipeline

PennEast Pipeline protest

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state Department of Environmental Protection has shut the door again on a bid by PennEast Pipeline to obtain crucial permits for its 120-mile interstate project.

In a letter to the company dated Tuesday, the agency deemed the company’s applications deficient, largely based on a federal court’s decision blocking the company’s bid to condemn state-owned lands to build its pipeline (at a projected cost of $1 billion).

The decision marks a new setback in a five-year quest by PennEast to build a new gas pipeline from Luzerne County in Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River, before ending in Mercer County …

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