State Sen. Kip Bateman applauded the Department of Environmental protection’s moving to block construction of the PennEast Pipeline.
“I am pleased that the state Department of Environmental Protection rejected PennEast’s pipeline permits,” Bateman said. “We do not want and do not need this environmentally damaging, properly-value dropping nuisance in our backyards. Hey, PennEast — stay off our land.”
On Tuesday, the DEP rejected a resubmitted application for the pipeline, adding that the company may not be able to submit another in the wake of a Sept. 10 federal appeals court ruling that said PennEast could not use eminent domain to seize state land.
“I have devoted much of my time in the Legislature protective New Jersey’s open spaces and natural resources from damage and destruction,” Bateman said. “I am proud to stand up and fight for my constituents and my community, who are overwhelmingly opposed to PennEast. Hopefully this decision is the nail in the coffin for the pipeline.”