Hearing a Sham

Oct 18, 2017

To the Editor:

I attended the public hearing in Eagleswood Township regarding the application of NJ Natural Gas to install a 12-inch gas pipeline on Dock Road. The pipeline would continue under the bay for approximately 3 miles to Alabama Avenue on LBI.

Residents of Dock Road attempted to point out the many difficulties of attempting to build anything in the salt marsh and the existing roadway. Sinking structures and flooding are just the start of the problems they contend with.

The public hearing was a sham. NJNG representatives were nonresponsive to local residents’ concerns and questions. Asked when an environmental impact statement and a map of the total project would be available, NJNG reps said an exemption had been granted and they would not have to provide them. When asked who provided the exemption, gas company representatives said they could not remember and later stated they did not know.

What a charade the meeting was! This is the third major pipeline proposed for South Jersey. Two cross the sensitive Pine Barrens and this one crosses marshland and 3 miles of bay bottom with no review of potential damages or environmental impact on residents, wildlife or the environment.

Where is the state Department of Environmental Protection? Are some outgoing state bureaucrats and politicians looking for private opportunities after a new administration moves in next year?

John Hiros

New Lisbon

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