Fossil Fuel Foes Hope NJ Will Scuttle Gas Pipeline to NY

A natural gas pipeline under construction. (Vuxi)

A proposal for a nearly $1 billion pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale fields through New Jersey and out into the water before reaching New York City and Long Island faces some key hurdles this week.

New Jersey officials will decide Wednesday on permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline.

Opponents hope a denial will stop the project — even though it survived a similar rejection last month in New York and remains under consideration there.

Oklahoma-based Williams Companies says it’s needed to ensure adequate heating and energy supplies to New York, and that it can be built safely and with minimal environmental disruption.

Opponents say it will stir up tons of highly polluted sediment and reverse decades of hard-won environmental improvements in Raritan Bay.