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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing)

Malinowski, Watson Coleman want pipeline construction halted

Called upon Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act.

By Nikita Biryukov, October 09 2019 4:20 pm

Reps. Tom Malinowski and Bonnie Watson Coleman called on a federal commission to halt the construction of the PennEast pipeline.

The two congresspeople asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the pipeline’s construction and land-clearing operations halted because an Appeals Court decision last month blocked the PennEast from seizing land owned by New Jersey to construct the pipeline.

“The Third Circuit’s decision to block PennEast’s attempt to condemn New Jersey’s state-owned lands was welcome news to our community, and I urge FERC to order PennEast to cease activity immediately,” Malinowski said. “We must continue to do everything in our power to stop this unnecessary pipeline from being built.”

The court’s decision made the pipeline’s path uncertain, and though it has not cut down any trees yet, activists and environmental regulators in the state are eyeing the project with a degree of concern.

“I was relieved by the Court’s decision to stop PennEast from continuing this unnecessary and potentially dangerous pipeline. The streams and aquifers in the path of this pipeline provide drinking water to thousands of residents,” Watson Coleman said. “The land in the path of this pipeline is some of the most beautiful in our state. You can’t replace 100-year-old trees once they’re gone. FERC should now put an immediate halt on all further land-clearing and construction.”

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