TRENTON, NJ –

A proposed pipeline through Eastern Pennsylvania and Central Jersey has been halted as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection refused to issue two permits to the PennEast Company.

In April, the DEP gave PennEast 60 days to fix its incomplete application and resubmit it. Last week, PennEast asked for another 60 day extension, and was denied.

DEP said in a letter to PennEast, quote “Given the complexity of the remaining deficient items, and the lack of demonstrated progress on the part of the applicant, it appears that it would be unlikely that an additional 60 days would allow substantial progress on the application.” unquote.

While environmental groups are applauding the refusal, NJ.com is reporting that PennEast anticipates Federal approval and plans to resubmit its application later this year.