MONTAGUE, N.J. (AP) — In a story Sept. 4 about a gas pipeline project in northwestern New Jersey, The Associated Press incorrectly attributed a written comment that the proposed pipeline route would "cause such useless destruction." The comment was issued by the Pike County Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania, not U.S. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
A corrected version of the story is below:
National park at center of battle over NJ pipeline
Legal battle over location of gas pipeline in NJ centers on land in national park
By DAVID PORTER
George Feighner can drive a few miles from his house in this bucolic corner of northwestern New Jersey and cross over an underground pipeline that has sent gas flowing to New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast for more than 50 years.
That pipeline, and a new one planned to capitalize on increased production from Pennsylvania's new gas fields, are at the heart of a battle involving two states, a gas company, dueling decades-old documents, the federal government and Feighner, whose property sits smack-dab in the middle of the new pipeline's route.
It's a position the 86-year-old Feighner, who worked in the oil industry as a chemist for more than two decades, never thought he'd find himself in — and one he doesn't appear to relish.
"I'm not opposed to the pipeline," he said last week as he pointed to a spot a few yards behind his barn where a 50-foot-wide trench could be dug. "I'm in favor of getting the price of gas down. All I want them to do is put the pipeline where it belongs."
Defining where it belongs depends largely on the half-mile-long ribbon of land where the predecessor of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. laid the original pipeline in the mid-1950s.
In the 1960s, the land became part of the National Park Service's Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a fact that informs the current dispute.
TGP's proposed route for the 17-mile pipeline that is part of its Northeast Upgrade Project runs alongside the existing line — except for the half-mile segment through the park east of the Delaware River.
The new line would detour along the river on the Pennsylvania side and then southeast through New Jersey, and Feighner's property, before rejoining the existing line a few miles farther east. The proposal was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in late May.
Feighner called the route around the park "divorced from reality." In a letter to the National Park Service, the Pike County Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania questioned the logic of using the route when it would "cause such useless destruction."
Feighner called the route around the park "divorced from reality." In a letter to the National Park Service forwarded by Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Robert Casey Jr., Rep. Tom Marino, the Pike County Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania questioned the logic of using the route when it would "cause such useless destruction."
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