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Pinelands Pipeline a Mistake

When four Governors from different parties, and three former officials of an agency warn that the decision being contemplated to allow for a new gas pipeline through the Pinelands is a mistake, why would the sitting commissioners and staff ignore their input?

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The answer is fairly clear, the Pinelands Commission has been Gerrymandered by the Governor to allow one company, South Jersey Gas, to profit at the expense of everything else.

The issue is less about whether the pipeline is safe, that is, that it will leak, than it is the dangerous precedent that it sets for undoing four decades of protection for a globally recognized treasure; the New Jersey Pinelands. It is also about a dangerous trend that is rampant as of January 20 of this year about disregarding the facts for quick profits.

While I agree that natural gas is a better fuel than coal or oil and that a power plant conversion is beneficial to the goal of cleaner air, it is the adulteration of the process and the blatant disregard of all the facts that makes this power play so sad.

There is still a hope that this can be defeated, but a slim hope.

Read the full articles:
Former Pinelands officials declare opposition to pipeline project
PINELANDS COMMISSION PUSHES ON WITH SOUTH JERSEY NATURAL-GAS LINE
A conversation with former Gov. Jim Florio

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Objecting the New Jersey Pinelands Commission nominee

Ok…when four former Governor’s representing both major political parties join forces to object to a nominee to the Pinelands Commission one must pay attention.

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Each of these Governors, whom I have had the privilege of meeting or working with, were politically savvy, intelligent and aggressive politicians. Yet each had the respect of process to keep politics at bay when the greater good was to be protected.

The current actions attempt to circumvent the very nature of the Pinelands Commission. They politicize what should not be politicized..More importantly, this action sets a precedent that is dangerous to future generations by undermining the very nature of the appointment process.

I am most curious as to how Senator Kean will react to the advice of his Father, Governor Thomas H. Kean.

Read the full article:
Pinelands Commission nominee faces opposition from 4 former N.J. governors

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