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Opponents of proposed gas pipeline speak out in meeting

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Opponents of a proposed gas pipeline that could cross the Pinelands spoke out tonight at a meeting in Galloway Twp.

South Jersey gas is asking for a special exception from the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to run a 22 mile long pipeline from one end of the Pinelands to the other.

Opponents say that there will be a huge amount of land disturbance associated with the project in addition to what they call a "clear violation" of Pinelands regulations.

"This is what they're trying to do, they're trying to get a precedent, they're trying to get here this will become commonplace. It used to be a joke when I grew up in NNorthJersey that Jersey is just a place that you went through, and that's what they look at it as. The Pinelands is just in the way."

The Pinelands Commission says it saw no environmental risks in the proposal and although it would run through a prohibited area, they are reviewing their management plan so it meets other criteria.

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