At least a dozen new pipeline projects have been either approved or proposed to take advantage of plentiful, low-cost natural gas supplies in neighboring states. For consumers and businesses, that means cheaper electricity and heat, the creation of thousands of new jobs, and the potential to convert large fleets of vehicles to a less-polluting fuel than gasoline, according to advocates. The downside: many of these new pipelines are crossing land that was previously preserved as open space and farmland with taxpayers dollars. Do these new projects have to end in a lose-lose standoff?
NJ Spotlight, along with industry experts and advocates from stakeholder communities, explored these and other questions in its Roundtable: Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion in New Jersey: Good or Bad? An NJ Spotlight Roundtable.
Panelists: Maya K. van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Thomas Bracken, President and CEO, NJ Chamber of Commerce; Philip Beachem, President, New Jersey Alliance For Action; Greg Lalevee, Business Manager, Operating Engineers Local 825; Matthew P. Tomich, Vice President, Energy Vision; Doug O’Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey
Moderator: Tom Johnson, energy writer, NJ Spotlight