Pinelands Commission voids approval of South Jersey Gas pipeline

BY Julie Daurio, Associate Producer |

The approval of a controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline project has been reversed.

Earlier this month, the owner and operator of the B.L. England coal-fired plant in Cape May County withdrew its plan to repower the facility with natural gas.

The Pinelands Commission says that change makes the pipeline project invalid, since it’s no longer needed to feed the facility.

South Jersey Gas has maintained residents need the pipeline to serve as a backup source of natural gas.

But an official from the Pinelands Commission says the company would have to reapply for approval of any new or amended project.

The proposed 22-mile natural gas pipeline would have traveled through 10 miles of protected Pinelands forest area.

Environmental groups are still challenging the pipeline in the appellate division of state Superior Court.