NJ denies permits for proposed natural gas pipeline

LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA: Two new Williams Transco pipelines used for transporting natural gas liquids lie exposed at the edge of a cornfield October 6, 2017 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The 16 inch and 20 inch pipelines are owned by Williams Partners, LLP

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his administration has rejected a proposed 120-mile long natural gas pipeline that would start in Pennsylvania and end in New Jersey.

Murphy on Friday tweeted a copy of the Department of Environmental Protection's permit denial letter to the PennEast Pipeline Company. The firm won federal approval for the project last year, but has suffered some setbacks lately.

The state's rejection of wetlands and other permits comes after a ruling last month by a federal court that said PennEast couldn't use eminent domain to acquire 42 properties owned by the state and preserved for open space.

PennEast spokeswoman Pat Kornick says the company is confident that legal issues will be resolved favorably and that the company is committed to the project.