The PennEast pipeline will not be built after all. A Lehigh Valley landowner reacts.

Written by on September 30, 2021

The PennEast pipeline will not be built after all. A Lehigh Valley landowner reacts.

By Megan Frank

September 30, 2021

Linda Christman was at a rally in Trenton, New Jersey in July. She started fighting the PennEast plan seven years ago in order to protect her family’s 100-year-old farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. To do it, she founded the group “Save Carbon County.”  Photo | Megan Frank / WLVR

This week, PennEast Pipeline said it would stop developing a proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

Listen to the story.

The route included parts of the Lehigh Valley. 

It’s the latest in a series of natural gas companies to halt plans due to legal and regulatory challenges. 

Linda Christman started fighting PennEast’s plan seven years ago in order to protect her family’s 100-year-old farm in Lehighton. To do it, she founded the group “Save Carbon County.”  

PennEast Pipeline said it would stop developing a proposed pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The route included parts of the Lehigh Valley. It’s the latest in a series of natural gas companies to halt plans due to legal and regulatory challenges. Photo | Megan Frank / WLVR

“We’re a group of impacted landowners and environmentalists,” Christman explained at a July rally in Trenton, N.J.

But, the pipeline will not be. PennEast says it didn’t receive required permits, including a water quality certification in New Jersey. 

Today, Christman says she’s very happy with their decision to pull out.

“We didn’t think we could enjoy our property knowing that there is a 36-inch natural gas pipeline carrying explosive gas that close to the house,” Christman said.

Sign up for our WLVR weekly newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news from the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania.


News

Current track

Title

Artist

Background