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Bipartisan elected officials call upon NJDEP to ensure thorough review of proposed PennEast pipeline

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announces re-introduction of bill to reform Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 05/09/17

TRENTON - Bipartisan elected officials, affected homeowners, conservation leaders and citizens' groups will urge the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to wield its full authority in reviewing proposed projects like the PennEast pipeline.

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ D-12) will also announce that she will re-introduce the "SAFER Pipelines Act," a bill that aims to reform the outdated and flawed review process of FERC, the federal agency that regulates and approves new gas pipelines in the U.S.

The bill will strengthen the oversight of proposed pipelines in the U.S., mandate that gas companies demonstrate true market need of proposed projects, fully assess potential environmental damages and cumulative impacts, and enforce a comprehensive and robust approach to energy infrastructure planning.

State legislators and elected officials from townships along the proposed PennEast pipeline route in Hunterdon and Mercer counties will emphasize the important role that NJDEP must play in evaluating the environmental impacts of proposed pipelines like PennEast under the strict standards of the Clean Water Act and state regulations.

WHAT: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) announces re-introduction of bill that aims to reform FERC
State Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R) (invited)
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D) (invited)
Julie Blake (D), Deputy Mayor, Hopewell Twp.
Richard Dodds (R), Deputy Mayor, Kingwood Twp.
Jacqueline Evans, founding member of HALT PennEast and homeowner along proposed PennEast route

WHERE/WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m.
New Jersey State House, Senate Conference Room 103
125 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

WHO:

- Mayors from Townships near proposed pipelines
- Citizen representatives
- HALT PennEast (Homeowners Against Land Taking)
- Homeowners on proposed PennEast pipeline route
- ReThink Energy NJ
- New Jersey Conservation Foundation
- Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
- Other citizen and non-profit groups opposed to PennEast

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