New Jersey environmental officials have long opposed the project and it has been consistently held up in court.
Under the Trump administration, the White House has sided with the developers, PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC, which is a joint venture between five companies: Southern Co., Enbridge Inc., South Jersey Industries, New Jersey Resources and UGI Corp.
With President Joe Biden promising to pursue an agenda more favored by environmentalists – including the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline that runs between Canada and Texas – developers like PennEast might find less of an ally in the White House.
The $1 billion natural gas pipeline, should it be fully operational, could deliver roughly 1.1 billion cubic feet of gas per day from a shale formation in Pennsylvania to roughly 5 million customers in the region.
The Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers New Jersey, ruled that PennEast could not seize state-owned lands to build the pipe, but the PennEast developers challenged the ruling, successfully kicking it to the nation’s highest court.
“A private party like PennEast has no right to condemn state lands in court, and we look forward to pressing our arguments,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Feb. 3 on Twitter. “When the [c]ourt reviews the merits of this case, we believe they will recognize what the Third Circuit did: that New Jersey must prevail.”