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Hearing Monday on Pinelands gas pipe plan


PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — A public hearing will be held next week on a plan to run a natural gas pipeline through part of the southern New Jersey Pinelands.

The Pinelands Commission discussed the plan Wednesday but did not vote on it. A public hearing is scheduled Monday in Galloway Township.

South Jersey Gas would pay $8 million to a Pinelands fund to help clear the project’s final hurdle.

The deal would in effect exempt the pipeline from a ban on new transmission lines in forest areas of the 1 million-acre Pinelands reserve.

The 24-inch diameter pipeline would run from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County to the coal-fired BL England coal plant in Cape May County’s Upper Township. The state has ordered the plant converted or closed permanently to end pollution violations.