New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline - Take Action
The “Southern Reliability Link” is a proposed 28-mile, 722 psi natural gas pipeline running from Chesterfield in Burlington County to Manchester in Ocean County, through Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in the New Jersey Pinelands, proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas. Approximately 10 miles are within Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) must receive approval from the U.S. Air Force and the Pinelands Commission for this project.
NJNG has provided various and conflicting rationales for this new pipeline, including obtaining access to a second supplier for its network and reaching new customers in Ocean County.
The proposed route passes through the Joint Base which is located in the Preservation Area of the Pinelands National Reserve as designated by the statutory Pinelands Protection Act. The Preservation Area is the heart of the Pine Barrens ecosystem and home to many threatened and endangered species. It is supposed to get the highest level of protection.
The pipeline runs along populated roadways, near homes, through the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, and through the Preservation Area of the Pinelands as designated by the Pinelands Protection Act and the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978.
What is currently happening with the pipeline?
Because the pipeline runs through Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the U.S. Air Force must conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA) before giving the pipeline an easement. The Assessment can be found on the New Jersey Natural Gas website (https://www.njng.com/about/southern-reliability-link/joint-base-draft-environmental-assessment.asp).
The purpose of the draft Environmental Assessment is to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from the construction, maintenance and operation of a segment of the SRL pipeline.
Public comment on the Environmental Assessment has closed.
The document is 1,272 pages long. Where do I start?
The most important parts to review are the Environmental Assessment itself (pages 1-93) and Appendix E, the Environmental Baseline Survey (beginning on page 862). Section 6 is a one page comparison of pipeline construction versus no construction. It concludes that “with the adherence to sustainable operations and BMPs presented in Section 2.3.3, no significant impacts would occur as a result of the implementation of the Preferred Alternative.”
Pinelands Preservation Alliance has identified defects in the Environmental Assessment that must be addressed. Click here to read the document.
Read PPA's full comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment below
This pipeline project must still be voted on the by full Pinelands Commission. We do not know when that will take place. We will keep you informed about hearings on this project.
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