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Fossil-Fuel Projects May Face Greater Scrutiny After PennEast Scraps Pipeline

Murphy administration, seeking more clean energy, will look harder at projects, analysts say

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS – Fossil-fuel projects may now have a tougher time being approved in New Jersey after the PennEast Pipeline Co. formally ended its long campaign to build a natural-gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County, saying it has not received New Jersey state permits, and so will cease “all further development.”

The company’s statement early Monday was greeted with jubilation by environmentalists and landowners who have fought the project since it was announced in 2014 …