Groups People Over Pipeline and New Jersey Sierra Club are meeting Tuesday at New Jersey’s capitol to protest the Southern Reliability Link pipeline that would run natural gas through Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington counties in New Jersey.
The protest march will begin at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection building and end at the Statehouse for a rally.
Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club, said the group’s concern is the line’s proposed route, as it would cut through the middle of the Pinelands and through other environmentally sensitive areas. Opponents are also worried about the pipeline’s possible effects on health and safety of the communities surrounding the line.
“Ensuring a responsible route that minimizes the impact to homeowners, communities, and the environment is a top priority,” wrote New Jersey Natural Gas on its website for the pipeline.
The Southern Reliability Link pipeline has already been approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities but still needs permit approvals from the state Department of Environmental Protection.