New Jersey Challenges FERC Approval of PennEast Pipeline

The state of New Jersey has petitioned a federal appeals court in Washington to set aside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the PennEast Pipeline, the latest in a series of moves to stop construction of the $1 billion project.

Filed on Monday by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the petition said FERC’s approval of the 120-mile PennEast Pipeline was arbitrary because it relied on inadequate environmental data and did not properly consider alternatives.


FERC issued an order in January approving construction of the natural gas pipeline.  New Jersey responded by filing a rehearing request with FERC in February, arguing that the project didn't meet environmental standards, among other claims.  The state has also withheld CWA Section 401 water quality certification

The approximately 120-mile PennEast route begins in the Marcellus Shale production area near Dallas, Pa, and connects with the existing underground Transcontinental Pipeline near Pennington, NJ. The route includes 24 municipalities in Pennsylvania and six in New Jersey.

Approximately 90 percent of the natural gas slated to move through the PennEast Pipeline is contracted with area gas utility companies and electric power generators that serve local customers. New Jersey Natural Gas, South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, PSEG Power, and ConEd are among those contracted to the PennEast Pipeline.

- P&GJ Staff and Wire Reports

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