SJ Gas Is Cited By DEP For Environmental Crime

South Jersey Gas Company was hit with a notice of violation by the New Jersey DEP.
They have contaminated a site in Atlantic City and have failed to take proper steps to clean it up.
South Jersey Gas Company is the company that proposed the plan to build a pipeline through the Pinelands.
A pipeline on SJGC site in Atlantic City leaked coal-tar compounds contaminating the soil, beach and sediment. SJGC has refused to clean up the mess.
This is the same company that is trying to push through a pipeline through the middle of the Pinelands.Construction and maintenance of this kind of pipeline could have caused environmental damage to the Pinelands forest and roadside habitats. The proposed route would also cross at least two populations of threatened or endangered plants. The Pinelands is an environmentally sensitive area filled with endangered plant and animal species which this pipeline project would have potentially impacted. 
South Jersey Gas Company has owned the site since 1979 and have had it under Administrative Consent Order since 1992. It has taken far too long for DEP to take action, but at least they have. Under the Christie administration enforcement has dropped 60% showing how serious this is with DEP not taking action. Coal-tar was used to turn coal into natural gas. It is one of the most toxic substances known to man carcinogenic and bio-accumulates into the environment getting into the fisheries and the birds.  
DEP for decades has said that South Jersey Gas Company has to clean up the site to an unrestricted level, which would have allowed for resident uses. Instead they wanted to only clean up part of the site to restricted use and failed to clean up other parts of the site. Under the License Site Profession Law their consultants only wanted to do a restricted clean up meaning capping. Rendering the site useless since it is zoned residential.

Oceancity Resident March 06, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Have you turned off the electricity and gas to your home my hypocritical friend?
Fred Reed March 07, 2014 at 02:53 PM
He we go again with Dr. Fenichel sensationalizing and grand-standing. SJ Gas should pay the fine, remediate the problem and move on. And if he regards SJ Gas as environmental criminal, why has he burned their gas in his home for the past 28 years? He could have used firewood for heat, but he converted over to a gas fireplace a few years back! Typical liberal- do as I say, not as I do...
steve fenichel March 13, 2014 at 04:26 AM
Another deadly gas pipeline explosion in NY. 4 killed but number is expected to climb. http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79605373/
Oceancity Resident March 13, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Be afraid......be very afraid. I wouldn't go outdoors today. Bad things can happen. Don't stay indoors either cause the evil gas company could blow you up. The sky is falling!!!!! The sky is falling!!!!!! The sky is falling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Al Czervik March 14, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Fenichel and I are converting our homes to run on candles for heat and light. We feel better about ourselves


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