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Hunterdon Freeholders will fight Penn East on eminent domain

Hunterdon County Freeholders have approved a legal challenge to Penn East’s use of eminent domain to acquire private land to construct its pipeline.
Penn East has filed condemnation claims against numerous preserved Hunterdon County farm properties where the county holds the development rights, purchased with state, county and local farmland and open space funds. “The County has over 20 farmland properties that are impacted,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Suzanne Lagay.
The Freeholders Tuesday unanimously approved participating in a legal effort with the Hunterdon Land Trust, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, other public entities, and private property owners, in opposition to Penn East’s condemnation actions.
Action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approving the pipeline allows Penn East to move forward with condemnation proceedings. The company, however, must still obtain permits from the Delaware River Basin Commission and from New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. Freeholder Director Matt Holt said the condemnation attempts are “clearly premature.”
Responses to the federal District Court in Philadelphia are due by March 21. Arguments before the court are expected on April 5.



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