New Jersey Appeals Court Calls for Pipeline Plan Do-Over

An appeals court of New Jersey returned an approved plan for a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands National Reserve to the state Pinelands Commission saying the review for the plan needed to be redone.

According to the appeals court, the executive director of the Pinelands Commission did not have the authority to determine that the plan for a pipeline by South Jersey Gas complied with the commissions rules for construction.

The 2015 decision for the pipeline plan was contested by environmental groups in the state.

The Pinelands Commission will need to once again review the application from South Jersey Gas for the natural gas pipeline and decide if it does comply with the Pineland management rules.