Pinelands Pipeline II, Beaches – Thursday’s Roundup

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Pinelands Pipeline II
Yesterday the Pinelands Commission heard public comments on (a second) proposal to build a gas pipeline through the northern section of the protected pines. As Joe Hernandez reports for Newsworks, the Commission had previous rubber-stamped the pipeline with no public comment, so this was the first time residents were getting an opportunity to have their say. The majority of speakers were opposed to the project, but there was also some support for the project, according to Hernandez. In a separate piece, Politico PRO concluded that the pipeline, proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas, will almost certainly go ahead (behind a paywall here, but you can read a summary of the piece here). The general feeling seems to be that by largely ignoring opposition to the first pipeline, the Pinelands Commission has already set a precedent for itself.

A dozen beaches in Atlantic County (seven in Atlantic City, four in Ventnor and the Somers Point bay beach) are closed due to high bacteria levels (check the New Jersey DEP for updates.) Testing is being done daily and some of the beaches could reopen today or Friday, A DEP spokesman told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Earlier this week a business news site wrote that Atlantic City was a ghost town. We called the author out on Twitter, as did many others. But you should read Lynda Cohen’s longer-form take on why that piece on AC shows that the only thing around here that’s dying is journalism.

In the rest of the day’s news, EHT’s Board of Education lowered the school tax rate after receiving more aid from the state, read this feature about a Cape May distillery making craft vodka from New Jersey sweet potatoes, and NJ Spotlight has a deep dive into how President Trump’s rollback of the Clean Water Rule could affect half of the water miles in the Delaware basin. All that and more below:

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