The PennEast pipeline proposed for construction through New Jersey and Pennsylvania is at a standstill with gaining necessary approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state agencies, adding to the list of beleaguered gas pipeline projects throughout the U.S. that are being hit with opposition by legislators, regulatory agencies, and the surrounding communities.
FERC’s project review for the PennEast pipeline has been delayed by as much as a year, pushing back the anticipated in-service start date from late 2017 to the middle of 2018.
Tom Gilbert, campaign director of ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation, reports that PennEast’s application is riddled with problems and that “multiple natural gas infrastructure projects have faced unprecedented regulatory problems in recent months.” He predicts that these recurring issues will “signal a change in the regulatory fabric of the natural gas industry, which will impact the PennEast project.”
The project faces extreme opposition by regulatory agencies and communities and may possibly have to withdraw its application.
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