PennEast files for NJ water permits as FERC deadline looms
Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight
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The developer of the PennEast pipeline today filed for a critical water and freshwater wetlands permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its project, perhaps one of the most troublesome regulatory reviews remaining for the planned pipeline.
In filing the application, PennEast Pipeline Co. is seeking approval for the same permit that ended up killing a controversial pipeline project in New York when it was denied. Environmentalists here are hoping to convince the Christie administration to do likewise, effectively blocking the 118-mile PennEast pipeline that would run from Luzerne County in Northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County, NJ.
The permit review promises to be difficult given the route of the $2 billion project — crossing more than 200 waterways, including underneath the Delaware River.
New Jersey is one of only two states allowed to administer the federal 401 Water Quality Certificate program under the federal Clean Water Act. The state DEP oversees the latter with its own New Jersey freshwater wetlands permit program. Read more from NJ Spotlight.