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MILLVILLE - State regulators say a proposed natural gas pipeline through the ecologically sensitive Pinelands region can be built without the approval of local towns.
The State Board of Public Utilities ruled today that South Jersey Gas does not need to get local zoning approvals from towns through which the pipeline would run. The proposal has been hotly contested by environmental groups, who fear it will harm the fragile New Jersey Pinelands and set a bad precedent for future development there.
Business and labor groups support the pipeline, which would bring natural gas from Millville to a Cape May County Power Plant that's switching from coal and oil.
The plan still needs final approval from the State Pinelands Commission, which narrowly rejected it in January of 2014.
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