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Delaware River Basin Commission asked to stop construction on PennEast pipeline

An environmental group asked the Delaware River Basin Commission to prohibit tree felling and clearing for the 1.1-Bcf/d PennEast natural gas pipeline project.

Anticipating approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that would give PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC permission to begin preconstruction activities, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network asked the Delaware River Basin Commission on Feb. 16 to stall the project. The group said the commission, which represents the federal government and the states that share the Delaware River watershed, could restrict preconstruction activities until it has completed a review of the project.

Delaware Riverkeeper prodded the Delaware River Basin Commission for more action. "In addition, the [commission] continues to evade confirming for the public that it will exercise its full authority along the entire length of the pipeline," Delaware Riverkeeper leader Maya van Rossum said.

The project, which would deliver Marcellus Shale gas to East Coast markets, will include a compressor station and a 120-mile pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PennEast is a joint venture of companies of Enbridge Inc., Southern Co. Inc, New Jersey Resources Corp., South Jersey Industries Inc. and UGI Corp. (FERC docket CP15-558)