|Solicitor Jim Broughal|
PennEast Pipeline, a consortium of local energy companies, has proposed the pipeline as a way to transport low cost natural gas from Marcellus Shale reserves to New Jersey. Its route in Northampton County will travel through Moore, Upper and Lower Nazareth, Bethlehem, Williams and Lower Saucon Townships. Arguments in favor of the project are 2,000 jobs created and 4.7 million homes heated. But it is opposed by numerous environmental groups, including the Sierra Club.
"We're not seeking to stop it," noted Broughal. "We're seeking to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community." He indicated that current zoning makes no provisions for a pipeline of this size, and suggested the Township take precautions against the "effects of something happening." I don't even know what they are at this point."