The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) today issued a letter to PennEast Pipeline Company (PennEast) in response to its Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit and Water Quality Certificate application, submitted April 6.
“PennEast thanks the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for thoroughly reviewing the permit application from an administrative completeness perspective,” said Pat Kornick, PennEast spokesperson. “As evidenced by the few outstanding items, which PennEast is working to address, PennEast believes it is a strong application that is substantially complete. PennEast will continue to work with NJDEP to address the issues noted by the Department to ensure that PennEast is working within the rules established by the federal government for interstate pipeline infrastructure projects. PennEast’s goal has always been to deliver lower cost, clean energy that will power homes and the businesses in the region for decades to come. Today’s actions are another step in that multi-year approval process.”
PennEast originally filed the application as part of a routine step in the federal process to ensure, from a timing perspective, the Project was consistent with the Natural Gas Act and the schedule set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for all agencies to complete their environmental reviews.
Since that filing and after nearly three years of review, PennEast has received a favorable Final Environmental Impact Statement from FERC, which determined the PennEast Pipeline Project could be built while also protecting the environment.