FAR HILLS, N.J., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid growing opposition from residents and key government agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today announced a second delay in its schedule for reviewing the proposed PennEast pipeline. The date for issuance of the final environmental impact statement was postponed to February 17, 2017 from December 16, 2016, as acknowledged by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
FERC also sent the company a substantial request for 46 sets of new data and demanded 34 corrections to PennEast's application to build a 118-mile gas pipeline through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In several cases, FERC notes that PennEast's maps are outdated, incorrect, and incomplete. In a letter dated November 4, FERC told PennEast it must comply with the request within 20 days. FERC also added a new 30-day public comment period for its Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) on PennEast due to numerous route changes proposed by PennEast after the close of the DEIS comment period. "Growing opposition, delays, and major red flags from federal and state agencies show that this ill-advised pipeline is certainly in jeopardy," said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation and ReThink Energy NJ. "There is so little data on which to base PennEast's application, FERC had no choice but to delay the review." "Opponents of the PennEast pipeline should take heart that FERC is responding to the overwhelming opposition from the public and significant concerns raised by other agencies," Gilbert added. "Clearly, this project only serves the gas companies affiliated with PennEast, which has been flat-out misleading to the public throughout its review process."