An Oklahoma company late Friday withdrew three permit applications with New Jersey regulators that it needs to build a controversial natural gas pipeline through New Jersey.
The Watershed Institute strongly opposes Williams Transco’s proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) that calls for building a new fracked gas pipeline to transport large volumes of natural gas from Pennsylvania through Middlesex and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey to consumers in New York City. The project poses environmental risks for the Garden State without meeting any energy needs in the state.
Transco’s earlier bid was rejected in June and its current application, with very few revisions, was resubmitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. But before NJDEP could make a decision, the company withdrew three out of four permits applications filed with the agency. The company still needs permits from New York authorities.
“To address the monumental challenge of climate change, we must accelerate our transition to clean, renewable energy and halt the proliferation of damaging and unneeded fossil fuel projects like NESE,” said Jim Waltman, Executive Director of The Watershed Institute.
The pipeline threatens to pollute some of the region’s most ecologically important waterways, including the Raritan Bay. The project also would require building a compressor station near the Trap Rock Quarry in Franklin Township and would involve cutting down forests, crossing three streams and impacting wetlands.
“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.”