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PennEast directed to cease and desist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 07/31/15

STOCKTON - New Jersey Conservation Foundation today issued PennEast Pipeline Company an order to cease and desist unauthorized entry and surveying activities. The order was prompted by the discovery that PennEast surveyors entered land owned by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance in Kingwood Township, without first securing its permission.

In fact, in a December letter to PennEast, Tim Morris, Director of Stewardship for New Jersey Conservation, denied permission to enter this specific property as well as all lands owned by them. Morris stated, "Any physical entry onto NJ Conservation owned property from the date of this letter forward will be considered unauthorized, and treated as trespass."

"This flagrant violation of New Jersey Conservation's property rights is evidence of the tactics to which PennEast has resorted in its attempt to build a pipeline that is not needed or wanted," said Tom Gilbert, Campaign Director for Energy, Climate and Natural Resources for NJ Conservation.

"As if it isn't bad enough that the proposed pipeline targets some of this state's most important preserved lands, farmland and waterways, PennEast is now taking it upon themselves to enter private property they want to access," said Gilbert.

New Jersey Conservation is considering further legal action to respond to this trespass or other attempts at unauthorized entry onto its properties.

This most recent trespassing comes on the heels of PennEast's unauthorized drilling and surveying of the Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain which prompted the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space as well as Mercer County and Hopewell Township officials to take action to bar PennEast from their lands.

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