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NJ township continues fight against Transco with lawsuit over land sale

A New Jersey township has sued Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC over a land sale connected with an expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline system. Court filings could not be obtained by press time, but the company said the suit is baseless.

"We believe the claims made in the suit are meritless, and we look forward to filing an appropriate response with the court," said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Transco parent Williams Cos. Inc.

Stockton said the suit was filed in Burlington County Superior Court.

Law360.com reported April 3 that the Chesterfield Township Committee claimed fraud, as it asked to to break out of an agreement to sell a piece of land. The committee said Transco did not tell Chesterfield that the land would be used to hold a compressor station that the township alleged would drive down the quality of life. (Burlington County Superior Court docket 000660)

Chesterfield Township is in an ongoing fight with Transco's 180,000-Dth/d Garden State expansion project, designed to serve New Jersey Resources Corp.'s New Jersey Natural Gas Co. In November 2016, FERC denied requests for rehearing by two New Jersey townships, Chesterfield and Bordentown, which challenged the commission's approval of the project. (FERC docket CP15-89)