Representative Malinowski Applauds Win for Landowners in Fight Against PennEast Pipeline
(Washington, DC) The State of New Jersey has reached an agreement in principle with the PennEast Pipeline Company regarding their efforts to seize state-owned land.
“I welcome the news that PennEast is standing down from its attempt to seize state-owned land to build a destructive and unnecessary pipeline,” said Representative Malinowski. “This significant development is a major win for the environment and for our coalition of landowners, elected officials, and activist groups opposed to the pipeline. I thank the Murphy Administration for their efforts and I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to make sure, once and for all, that this pipeline is never built.”
Since coming to Congress, Representative Malinowski has been steadfast in his opposition to the PennEast pipeline.
- In June 2021, he issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on PennEast noting that the company faces many regulatory hurdles and committing to do everything possible to stop the pipeline from being built.
- In May 2021, he wrote to President Biden to express grave concerns about the pipeline, and to urge his administration to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) interstate gas pipeline certification process.
- In May 2021, he submitted a formal comment to the FERC docket concerning the natural gas infrastructure certification process.
- In April 2021, he reintroduced legislation to amend the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to prevent pipeline companies from using eminent domain to take land from private citizens and to start making changes to it – such as cutting down trees – until they have obtained all of the federal and state permits necessary for the construction and operation of a pipeline project. This bill passed the House late last year and was included again in the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act, which was re-introduced by House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership earlier this year.
- In March 2021, he issued a statement criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending PennEast’s ability to seize land owned by New Jersey for pipeline construction.
- In May 2020, he introduced legislation to ensure that landowners are able to exercise their legal right to challenge energy projects that disrupt their property prior to construction.
- In April 2020, after PennEast filed an amendment requesting to construct the pipeline in two phases, he urged FERC to reject PennEast’s request because it amounted to a wholly new project and, therefore, required FERC to do a full application review under Section 7 of the NGA, a needs analysis of the project’s economic viability, a review of the precedent agreements, and an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.
- In October 2019, he sent a letter to FERC urging it to immediately issue a stop work order for all of PennEast’s land-clearing and construction-related activities.
- In August 2019, he called on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to reject PennEast’s re-application for the Freshwater Wetlands and Water Quality Permits needed to move the project forward.