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South Jersey Gas Pipeline for B.L. England Plant

South Jersey Gas is proposing to put a natural gas pipeline through a portion of the Pinelands Forest Management Area. The proposal would place 22 miles of 24-inch pipeline through Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties in order to provide the B.L. England Plant located in Beesley's Point, Cape May County with natural gas.

 

BREAKING NEWS - May 20, 2014

On May 19, 2014, Governor Christie made nominations to replace two Pinelands Commissioners, Robert Jackson and D’Arcy Rohan Green, who voted to defend the Pinelands by voting against the South Jersey Gas/Rockland Capital pipeline deal. (Click here to learn more and find out what you can do)!

Share this Fact Sheet about the Pinelands and the pipeline.

Learn more about the Pipeline Vote below.

Pinelands Pipeline Projects Fails to Advance

On Friday, January 10th the full Commission voted on a resolution that would have authorized the Commission’s Executive Director, Nancy Wittenberg, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities allowing the construction of a 22 mile, 24 inch diameter natural gas pipeline.

The final vote was tied 7-7 resulting in a stunning victory for the environment. They needed 8 votes in the affirmative in order to advance this project.

Voting in favor of the project:

Commissioners Avery (Ocean County), Brown (Cape May County), Earlen (Burlington County), Galletta (Atlantic County), McGlinchey (Camden County), Quinn (Gubenatorial Appointment) and Witt (Gloucester County).

Voting against the project:

Chair of the Pinelands Commission Mark Lohbauer (Gubenatorial Appointment), and Commissioners Ashmun (Gubenatorial Appointment) , DiBello (Federal Representative), Ficcaglia (Cumberland County), Jackson (Gubenatorial Appointment), Prickett (Gubenatorial Appointment), and Green (Gubenatorial Appointment).

  • Read Chairman Lohbauer's full statement here. He makes a very strong case for his "no" vote.
  • Here is a link to a video of his statement.

Abstentions: Commissioner Lloyd was forced to recuse himself from the vote. He is appealing that decision.

 

Audio from the January 10, 2014 Pinelands Commission meeting where they failed to pass a resolution authorizing the construction of the natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands.


Here is a link the full list of Pinelands Commissioners.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance thanks everyone who took action by writing letters, coming to meetings, testifying in public and spreading the word. This is your victory!

 
 

Read transcripts and comments from the public hearing - to view click here. To read a copy of the Executive Director's report click here.

PPA submitted comments to the Pinelands Commission on December 13, 2013. Click here to read!

A copy of the draft MOA is located on the Pinelands Commission's web site at click here.

Image of BL England Plant[+ ZOOM] BL England Plant picture taken by Fred Akers, GEHWA

Background:

The proposed route through the Pinelands Forest Management Area violates the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The CMP permits such public service infrastructure in the Forest Management Area only when it is "intended to primarily serve the needs of the Pinelands." N.J.A.C. 7:50-5.23. There is no exception for pipes run along or under roads.

The B.L. England plant primarily serves electricity demand outside the Pinelands, where the great majority of the residences and businesses in the region are located.

The public service infrastructure restriction was placed in the CMP for good reason. If the rules can simply be ignored whenever a utility company wants to do something that violates the rule, then the credibility and permanence of the CMP is damaged.

The Pinelands Commission must defend the integrity of the Pinelands or risk larger, cumulative harms in the future. The Pinelands was created in part in response to plans to construct off-shore drilling platforms and run transportation pipes across the Pinelands to refineries on the Delaware. The drilling did not happen forty years ago, but it may happen in the future. Similarly, proposals for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals along the Jersey shore continue to be pressed, raising the possibility that pipes would be proposed across the Pinelands to transport LNG.

Download South Jersey Gas route

South Jersey Gas route - 516.1KB
Map of preferred route

Image of B.L. England along Great Egg Harbor River[+ ZOOM] B.L. England along Great Egg Harbor River picture taken by Fred Akers, GEHWA

There are alternatives to the proposed pipeline route. Even if one assumes it is necessary to bring natural gas to the B.L. England plant, there is no necessity to run the pipeline through the Pinelands Forest Management Area. There are power plants directly to the north in Atlantic County, so it should be possible to run the supply pipeline outside the Pinelands Area or, at least, in the right of way of the Garden State Parkway, where it will not impinge on the interior forests of the Pinelands.

Read our Pinelands Watch, Issue #66 on the gas pipeline!

To View Pinelands Commission presentation on the South Jersey Gas Pinelands presented at the August 28, 2013 CMP Policy and Implementation meeting click here.

Current News coverage:

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas -  14 May 2014 (2)

NEWS - South Jersey Gas - 14 May 2014 (2) - 199.2KB
Pinelands still being threatened by Christie and his pipeline

Download NEWS - South Jeresy Gas - 14 May 2014

NEWS - South Jeresy Gas - 14 May 2014 - 63.5KB
Editoral - Pinelands Pipeline remains inadvisable idea, Asbury Park Press

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas - 13 May 2014

NEWS - South Jersey Gas - 13 May 2014 - 75.4KB
Pinelands pipeline fight heads to court, by Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 04 Jan 2014

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 04 Jan 2014 - 22.3KB
Pinelands chief backs gas pipeline plan, by Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas- 02 Jan 2014

NEWS - South Jersey Gas- 02 Jan 2014 - 24.6KB
Inquirer Editorial - Pipeline could spoil Pinelands

Download NEWS South Jersey Gas- 29 Dec 2013

NEWS South Jersey Gas- 29 Dec 2013 - 42.7KB
Editorial - N.J. Pinelands Commission should reject 22-mile natural gas pipeline, Trenton Times

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 22 Dec 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 22 Dec 2013 - 104.6KB
Danger in the Pinelands: Editorial, Star Ledger

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 18 Dec 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 18 Dec 2013 - 23.8KB
Four former NJ governors sign letter opposing Pinelands pipeline, by Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 18 Dec 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 18 Dec 2013 - 133.9KB
Four ex-Govs. sign letter protesting pipeline through Pinelands, by Bill Mooney

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 14 Dec 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 14 Dec 2013 - 54.0KB
Ed Lloyd, state Pinelands Commission member, targeted by Christie's administration, Asbury Park Press, by Kirk Moore.

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas - 11 Dec 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas - 11 Dec 2013 - 142.8KB
Public Speaks out regarding Pipeline Across Pinelands, by Pat Johnson - Sandpaper

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Editoral - 25 November 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Editoral - 25 November 2013 - 18.1KB
Asbury Park Press Editoral - Say "no" to pipeline in the pinelands!

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 30 Oct 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 30 Oct 2013 - 1.1MB
Enviornmental activists try to thwart Pinelands gas line approval, by Branden Campbell, Atlantic City Press

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas - 29 Oct 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 29 Oct 2013 - 12.9KB
Environmental activists protest gas pipeline at Stockton forum, by Joel Landau Alantic City Press

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas  - 24 Oct 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas - 24 Oct 2013 - 17.6KB
Burlington County holds natural gas pipeline meeting, by Ryan Ross, NBC - 40

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas - October 13 1013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas - October 13 1013 - 40.5KB
Pipeline plan concerns Pinelands advocates, by Carol Comegno, Courier-Post

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 28 Sep 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 28 Sep 2013 - 22.5KB
Pinelands Commission considers waiving rule on forest pipelines, Asbury Park Press, by Kirk Moore

Download NEWS- Opinion - Natural gas pipeline through N.J. Pinelands is a conduit for trouble

NEWS- Opinion - Natural gas pipeline through N.J. Pinelands is a conduit for trouble - 57.6KB
by Carleton Montgomery, appeared in the Times of Trenton.

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 28 Aug 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 28 Aug 2013 - 13.4KB
Pinelands Panel hears pipeline arguments, Atlantic City Press, by Sarah Watson

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 29 Aug 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 29 Aug 2013 - 87.3KB
State rules pose hurdle for proposed Pines pipeline, Philidelphia Inquirer, by David O'Reilly

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 31 July 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 31 July 2013 - 104.2KB
Proposed natural gas line, by Pat Johnson, Sandpaper, July 31, 2013

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 27 Jul 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 27 Jul 2013 - 268.2KB
Proposed 22 mile Pinelands gas line draws opposition, Asbury Park Press, by Kirk More

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline -28 July  2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline -28 July 2013 - 134.7KB
Plan to put gas pipeline in Pinelands spurs ire, The Inquirer, by David O'Reilly

Download NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 10 July 2013

NEWS - South Jersey Gas Pipeline - 10 July 2013 - 1.5MB
BL England gas pipeline draws foes, Ocean City Sentenial, by Eric Avedissian

Download NEWS - South Jer Gas Pipeline - 24 July 2013

NEWS - South Jer Gas Pipeline - 24 July 2013 - 441.3KB
Groups say BL England pipeline will harm Pinelands, Ocean City Gazette

Documents pertaining to pipeline application in Pinelands Commission file:

Download SJG - PC letter to South Jersey Gas reference to application submissions

SJG - PC letter to South Jersey Gas reference to application submissions - 1.5MB
dated 2 Apr 2013

Download SJG - Meeting review with DEP & PC

SJG - Meeting review with DEP & PC - 2.3MB
meeting held on 04 Oct 2012

Download SJG- So Jer Gas Analysis Rept

SJG- So Jer Gas Analysis Rept - 1.2MB
dated 19 Jun 2012

Download SJG - PC letter to South Jersey Gas reference to application submissions

SJG - PC letter to South Jersey Gas reference to application submissions - 123.2KB
dated August 23, 2012

Download SJG - Let from SJG representative to Pinelands Commission

SJG - Let from SJG representative to Pinelands Commission - 616.5KB
ref So Jer Gas preferred alignment 18 Jun 2012

Documents pertaining to pipeline application in Board of Public Utilities file:

Download South Jersey Gas - Petition and Exhibits

South Jersey Gas - Petition and Exhibits - 1.1MB
Document submitted to BPU, which the below were part of -

Download South Jersey Gas - Alternatives Analysis

South Jersey Gas - Alternatives Analysis - 1.6MB
dated June 18, 2012, submitted to Board of Public Utilities

Download South Jersey Gas - Alternatives Analysis Addendum

South Jersey Gas - Alternatives Analysis Addendum - 1.5MB
June 18, 2012 submitted to the Board of Public Utilities

Documents pertaining to DEP:

Download South Jersey Gas - DEP CAFRA permit

South Jersey Gas - DEP CAFRA permit - 280.6KB
Approval Date July 11, 2013

Download South Jer Gas - DEP Original Administrative Consent Order

South Jer Gas - DEP Original Administrative Consent Order - 2.6MB
Original Administrative Consent Order

Download South Jer Gas - DEP Administrative Consent Order

South Jer Gas - DEP Administrative Consent Order - 319.5KB
2012 Amendment

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