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Development Issues

Development is ongoing throughout the Pinelands and is monitored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance and local residents. The South Jersey Gas Pipeline proposal is an example of the issues found here.

SJ Gas Pipeline

The South Jersey Gas proposal is the pipeline we have been fighting for five years now. The 22-mile, 24” natural gas pipeline would traverse the Pinelands Forest Area of Cumberland and Cape May Counties to deliver natural gas for a proposed new electric generating facility at the BL England site on the shore of Great Egg Harbor. It would traverse the Forest Area, a Pinelands planning district where this kind of infrastructure is forbidden unless it primarily serves the needs of people already in the Pinelands.

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New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline BPU Case- Key Documents

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has submitted an application to the NJ Board of Public Utilities and the Pinelands Commission to build a 28-mile long, 30-inch diameter natural gas pipeline through portions of Burlington and Ocean Counties. Review the legal documents associated with ongoing appeals by the Alliance and impacted municipalities here.

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South Jersey Gas Pipeline - Documents Obtained through the Open Public Records Act from the Pinelands Commission

The documents were obtained by PPA from the Pinelands Commission under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Because the Pinelands Commission refused to produce these documents, we were compelled to file a lawsuit in Superior Court to compel production. That lawsuit led the Commission to produce the documents we provide here for public review. Note that the Commission redacted most of the content of communications with the Governor's office. There are a lot of documents here, so we may have made mistakes in the way they are titled or ordered. Please let us know if you see any errors.

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Heritage Minerals Site

Hovsons, a New Jersey development firm, has owned more than 7,000 acres of Pine Barrens in Manchester Township for many years. The site includes a long-running sand mine and has had serious contemination issues due to prior maining of molybenum. Beginning in the late 1990s, Hovsons has attempted to get approvals for a large development on the site. Those plans have evolved due to opposition to its initial plans by PPA, residents and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Today, we await the third round of plans, which are currently deemed incomplete by the Department of Environmental Protection.

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