On June 5, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) denied six crucial permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project. The permits were necessary for both the construction of the compressor station in Franklin Township, as well as the 23.4 mile offshore pipeline in the Raritan Bay and ocean. The denial cited the impacts to wetlands, the water quality of the bay, and the lack of need for the project among the primary reasons for rejection.
While this is an important victory for the Raritan Bay and ocean, the denial left the door open for the company to reapply and 5 days later new applications were filed with the DEP. This pattern of events mimics what occurred in New York, where water quality permits were denied and the company immediately re-applied.
It is clear that until the project is permanently denied, Williams will continue its attack on our environment. COA will continue to fight this unnecessary and harmful proposal. Stay tuned for next steps.