Representative Malinowski Champions Termination of PennEast Pipeline
(Washington, DC) The PennEast Pipeline Company announced today that the project will no longer move forward. Representative Malinowski issued the below statement on this historic win.
“Today we celebrate a major victory for landowners, for the environment, and for the dedicated advocates who have spent years fighting the destructive and unnecessary PennEast pipeline – our hard work paid off. Through litigation, legislation, and enforcement of environmental rules, we mustered a force that could not be resisted. I hope that the affected landowners will finally enjoy the peace of mind they deserve, and the satisfaction of knowing that when local communities come together to protect their rights, they can still beat corporate power.
Since coming to Congress in 2019, it has been among my highest priorities to prevent the PennEast pipeline from moving forward. I’ve met with dozens of landowners up and down the proposed route who would have seen catastrophic damage to their homes and crops. I worked in Congress to pass legislation that would protect these landowners and prevent pipeline companies from using eminent domain to steal or irrevocably alter their land. I used every opportunity I had to push federal and state regulators to reject this project.
Today is a day of celebration, but I am not done yet. This process has uncovered a broken system for approving natural gas pipelines in the United States. It should not be this easy for corporations to get a government-guaranteed profit for building natural gas pipeline that states do not want or need, simply by promising to purchase the gas from themselves. We must reform the system that allowed a pipeline like PennEast to be approved in the first place.”
Representative Malinowski has been steadfast in his opposition to the PennEast pipeline.
- Earlier this month, he applauded New Jersey’s agreement in principle with PennEast regarding their efforts to seize state-owned land.
- 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.