Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP
The key issue facing the Marcellus region is the need for pipelines to get affordable natural gas to consumers. Yet, pipelines face so much irrational opposition.
The New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate last week took a curious stand against the proposed PennEast pipeline project, stating that the proponents of the pipeline have not shown that the economic benefits will outweigh the costs. In numerous ways the Advocate’s report mirrored that of a March study commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Among them are that sufficient pipeline capacity exists to meet current needs, even when the demand is highest, and that the pipeline will increase consumer rates, not lower them.