- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - More than two dozen chanting, sign-carrying protesters took to the streets of Trenton to show their opposition to the PennEast pipeline that would go through northeast Pennsylvania and central New Jersey.

Tuesday’s rally, attended by Democratic Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio, began on the Statehouse steps and then snaked through Trenton as pipeline opponents walked to utility company PSE&G;, using a bullhorn to demand killing the project. The protesters also called on the company to revoke an application seeking approval for the pipeline.

The company is a partner of the PennEast pipeline. The project is geared toward lowering the region’s dependence on foreign energy, and the company will not revoke its application for federal approval, said PennEast project spokeswoman Patricia Kornick.

The 36-inch pipeline would have an estimated $1.6 billion positive economic impact during design and construction and would support about 12,000 jobs, PennEast said in a statement.

The rally comes after the PennEast Pipeline Company applied last week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking approval.

Opponents say they’re hopeful they can derail the $1 billion project because two-thirds of landowners whose property the company needs to survey in order to get certain permits are turning the company away. The pipeline could also damage the environment, cutting a “path of destruction” across two states, said New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel.

Kornick said safety is a priority for the company.

The proposed 118-mile pipeline would originate in Dallas, in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and end near Pennington, in Mercer County.


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