Statement from Jeff DuBois
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, South Jersey Industries
January 23, 2017
Proposed Pipeline Essential for Reliable Energy in Southern Jersey
“For over four years, South Jersey Gas has proposed a solution to two very real energy reliability challenges facing southern New Jersey. Our recommendation carefully balances the energy demands of 142,000 customers in Cape May and Atlantic counties, and protects and creates jobs while operating responsibly within the Pinelands. The project, called Cape Atlantic Reliability Project, has received all necessary approvals to date.
South Jersey Gas operates over 1,400 miles of gas mains and 133 miles of elevated pressure lines within the Pinelands without harm or damage to the environment. For many years, our underground infrastructure has warmed homes, dried clothes and heated water in the very same Pinelands towns where new infrastructure will be laid. In reality, this project is no different.
Not only will the Cape Atlantic Reliability Project further reinforce the South Jersey Gas system for those 142,000 customers, but it will also provide the B.L. England electric generation facility in Upper Township, Cape May County with the necessary natural gas supply needed to convert from a coal- and oil-fired electric generator to a natural-gas generator – becoming one of the cleanest power plants in New Jersey. Repowering the facility will help to increase the amount of new, in-state electric generation, drastically reduce air emissions and reinforce the available power supply for the region.
The new line will run underground, parallel to and within rights-of-way of public roads, including NJ State Highway Route 49 and NJ State Highway Route 50. Approximately two miles are beneath Atlantic City Electric’s existing power line corridor. The pipeline has been designed and will be constructed in accordance with New Jersey pipeline regulations, which exceed federal regulations and are considered to be some of the most stringent in the nation. Furthermore, the system will have state-of-the-art safety features, including automatic and remotely controlled valves, and will be subject to routine inspection according to South Jersey Gas’ pipeline integrity management system.
Importantly, neither the pipeline nor the natural gas will harm the water supply or the aquifer. Also, no forest clearing or fragmentation will occur to the Pinelands.
Tomorrow the New Jersey Pinelands Commission will hear comments from a wide cross section of representatives about our application. At a subsequent meeting, the Pinelands Commission will vote whether the project meets the requirements of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. We strongly recommend approving this reliable energy solution for the residents and business owners in Cape May and Atlantic counties who deserve the same dependability others have in the state.
To learn more, I invite you to visit the South Jersey Gas Cape Atlantic Reliability Project website at www.capeatlanticreliability.com.”
About South Jersey Gas
South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), delivers clean, efficient natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 375,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Visit www.southjerseygas.com to learn more about South Jersey Gas and its programs.
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