Pinelands Pipeline Update, The $2.5 Mln Bill, Film Festival – Thursday’s Roundup

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Pinelands Pipeline Update
It can be confusing, trying to keep on top of environmental issues in the Pine Barrens. There are now two different proposals to build a pipeline through the pinelands: the first one, green-lighted by the Pinelands Commission amid much public controversy, has now been dealt another delay by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. NJ Spotlight reports that review of the project has been held up because PennEast (a consortium of energy companies that includes South Jersey Industries) failed to submit information requested by the DEP. Meanwhile, a public hearing on the second pipeline, proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas, will be held next month.

The $2.5 Mln Bill
The law firm in charge of the Atlantic City takeover has now billed the state $2.5 million for its work, reports Amy Rosenberg for The Inquirer. Route 40 got a similar data-dump of invoices from the state yesterday as a result of our own public-records request and we are working on another report. Stay tuned.

Atlantic City skyline, taken from Brigantine via @themyrtleturtle_pbk on Instagram.

Film Festival
The Garden State Film Festival, lured to Atlantic City with $300,000 from CRDA,  is now leaving AC for Asbury Park because of a lack of suitably-sized venues*. This year’s festival was held largely at Resorts and Dante Hall and apparently the Resorts space is unavailable for 2018, and the new Hard Rock casino would not be open on time. But still, really? Atlantic City is filled with great venues of all sizes. Asbury Park? This is a loss of about 25,000 visitors, The Press of Atlantic City reports. *We wonder if what they meant to say was that there was a lack of suitably-priced venues…

Funeral arrangements have been set for Atlantic City Firefighter Albie Mallen – details here.

In the rest of the day’s news, a New Jersey shutdown is looming closer as there’s still no budget deal, the overall level of homelessness in NJ is down 5 pct this year, The Inquirer is running a new Shore series for locals and shoobies, and some fireworks in New Jersey are now legal. All that and more below:

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