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Pinelands Preservation Group Offers Downbeat Assessment in Annual Report

Cites political interference leading to approval of two pending gas-pipeline projects

An annual report by the nonprofit Pinelands Preservations Alliance says the outlook is bleak for efforts to preserve the sprawling million-acre natural region in South Jersey.

But while the report cites the potential impact of two recently approved natural-gas pipelines planned through the Pinelands National Reserve, it says the real threat is posed by political interference that led to approval of those two projects.

Political pressure and the appointment of pipeline supporters to the Pinelands Commission “has really led to the manipulation of an agency that is supposed to be independent,” said Carleton Montgomery, the alliance’s executive director.

Read Montgomery’s complete interview with Mary Alice Williams of NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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