Pipeline proposal should be revisited

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To the editor:

I want to thank state Sen. Jeff Van Drew for seeking to revisit the construction of a gas pipeline along the shoulder of Route 49 and 50 to the BL England power plant. While I believe that the Pineland’s Commission that voted against the pipeline in a 7-7 tie was well intentioned, I think they were wrong for several reasons.

I agree with Mr. Van Drew that a move away from coal to cleaner burning gas is a step forward. I also agree that saving jobs at the plant and creating new ones to build the pipeline should be a top priority in our current economic environment.

I believe this is a worthy goal for Mr. Van Drew to pursue. It will be built by American workers, preserve American jobs, use a clean burning abundant American natural resource and by not having to depend on one supply line, will benefit the long term energy needs of Cape May County visitors and year-round retirees like myself.

My wife and I often travel the proposed route of the pipeline from Sea Isle City, out Route 50 and west on Route 49 to the Amish Farmer’s Markets in Vineland and Bridgeton. My understanding is the pipeline will be installed on the shoulder of the road on these state highways and existing rights of way. If that is correct, most reasonable folks would fail to see the danger to the environment or the Pinelands that would justify the rejection of a project with so many long-term economic benefits to our local economy.

Good luck Senator Van Drew. We support your efforts.

Francis McDonnell

Sea Isle City


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