The Watershed Institute applauds the state Department of Environmental Protection for denying three key permits for the controversial Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project. By denying this project, NJDEP upheld its regulations and protected our wetlands and streams from an unnecessary attack on our environment.
The department found that NESE would provide no benefits to the affected communities, which would have sustained all of the environmental damages. This decision protects extensive wetlands and endangered species, especially in Franklin Township.
The proposal called for building a new fracked gas pipeline from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, through Middlesex and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey, to New York City. The pipeline threatened to pollute some of the region’s most ecologically important waterways, including the Raritan Bay. New Jersey’s denial comes shortly after New York State’s decision last month to block the Williams pipeline.
“Dirty and unnecessary pipelines have no place in our communities,” said Mike Pisauro, Policy Director at the Watershed. “We will fight to ensure that New Jersey’s environment remains unharmed by these unwarranted projects.”
While Transco is expected to reapply for permits, the Watershed is confident that NJDEP will once again deny it and will apply our state’s strict environmental protections.
The Watershed appreciates the people who signed our petition and urged NJDEP to reach this decision.