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Pipelines are facing unprecedented opposition, from local and national groups, including environmental activists," FERC chairwoman Cheryl A. LaFleur told the National Press Club last week. "We've got a situation here."

Donald Santa, chief executive of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, said his member companies faced a "challenging environment" to get approvals. "It certainly has called upon the pipeline companies to up their game in terms of their outreach," he said.

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Opposition greets proposed Marcellus Shale-Trenton pipeline
SERGEANTSVILLE, N.J. – A blanket of snow overlay the idyllic landscape of farms, stone walls, and New Jersey's oldest surviving covered bridge last week. Alix Bacon, a regional manager for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, swept her arm across the postcard vista.