Cumberland Freeholders to Consider Resolution Supporting Cape May County Gas Pipeline
The Cumberland County Freeholder Board will introduce a resolution endorsing construction of a natural gas pipeline in Cape May County necessary to prevent a major electric generating station from having to shut down.
The B.L. England plant in Upper Township currently burns coal. Emissions restrictions will force it to close by 2016 if it doesn’t repower with natural gas.
“Keeping this plant open is not only critical to Cape May County, but to the entire region,” said Freeholder Director Joe Derella. “Being in a neighboring county, we can’t afford to lose an important generating station and a large employer.”
Derella said construction of the pipeline will keep the plant open and create an estimated 100 construction jobs.
The pipeline plan is being championed by State Senator Jeff Van Drew and has the support of Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
“We need to look at this as an opportunity,” said Derella. “We have a chance to take a coal burning plant, convert it to clean natural gas, save jobs and create new ones. It’s positive all around for our region.”