New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline - Take Action
The “Southern Reliability Link” is a proposed 30-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.
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.
Public Comment Closed August 2nd
The state Pinelands Commission consists of 15 individuals appointed to uphold the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), the rules put in place to protect the Pinelands. They collected public comment and will vote on whether or not to approve the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline sometime this summer or fall.
Attend their monthly meetings.
The Commission meets on the second Friday of the month starting at 9:30 am. These meetings are open to the public. They need to see you and hear from you. See the meeting schedule and review their agendas here.
New Jersey Pinelands Commission
15 Springfield Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Breaking News: PPA releases an expert report showing this pipeline is an over-priced, unnecessary ineffective solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
Read the press release here.
Read the report here.
This project violates Pinelands rules for the following reasons:
1. The current route goes through the Pinelands Preservation Area designated by the Pinelands Protection Act. This route is unnecessary and could instead go through the less sensitive Pinelands Protection Area. In cases such as this one, where a route through the Protection Area is feasible, it is required by the CMP.
2. The pipeline is not needed, and thus is not genuinely associated with the needs of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Joint Base is unable to tap into a 30", 722 psi pipeline without major infrastructure, and NJNG has no intention to modify the system in the near future. Additionally, neither NJNG or the Board of Public Utilities has conducted a reliability analysis that shows that this project is necessary for the base or for the system as a whole. Independent expert reports have demonstrated that the project is unnecessary
3. The pipeline fails to meet essential water resource protections outlined in the CMP. The route runs through two Superfund sites for which the EPA has required specific remediation actions. It is essential to avoid any possible re-suspension or spread of contaminants within these areas. Available data on contamination and site geology in these areas and throughout the route is insufficient to ensure the safety of construction and operation of the pipeline.
Next Steps - NJNG must also receive approval from the U.S. Air Force
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.
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
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