Jobs versus the environment square off in pipeline vote

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  • FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, the sun shines through snow-covered pine trees in the New Jersey Pinelands in Manchester, N.J. A hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through New Jersey’s federally protected Pinelands preserve is getting a do-over. A public hearing on the proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pemberton. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, the sun shines through snow-covered pine trees in the New Jersey Pinelands in Manchester, N.J. A hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through New Jersey’s federally protected Pinelands preserve ... is getting a do-over. A public hearing on the proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pemberton. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File) (The Associated Press)

  • Opponents of a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve in New jersey unfurl a banner against it during a public hearing on the proposal in Pemberton, N.J. on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Environmentalists fear the pipeline will damage the fragile forest, but business and labor groups say it will create jobs and increase energy reliability. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Opponents of a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve in New jersey unfurl a banner against it during a public hearing on the proposal in Pemberton, N.J. on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Environmentalists ... fear the pipeline will damage the fragile forest, but business and labor groups say it will create jobs and increase energy reliability. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) (The Associated Press)

  • Dan Bailiff, a member of the New Jersey Sierra Club, holds a sign indicating his opposition to a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve in New Jersey during a public hearing on the proposal in Pemberton, N.J. on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Environmentalists fear the pipeline will damage the fragile forest, but business and labor groups say it will create jobs and increase energy reliability. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Dan Bailiff, a member of the New Jersey Sierra Club, holds a sign indicating his opposition to a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve in New Jersey during a public hearing on the proposal in ... Pemberton, N.J. on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017. Environmentalists fear the pipeline will damage the fragile forest, but business and labor groups say it will create jobs and increase energy reliability. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) (The Associated Press)

A hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through New Jersey's federally protected Pinelands preserve is getting a do-over.

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A public hearing on the proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline will be held Tuesday in Pemberton.

The pipe would supply a power plant in Cape May County that's switching from coal to natural gas.

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected the plan in 2014. The commission's executive director then unilaterally approved it, but environmentalists got a court to order a new vote, which could come next month.

The proposed pipeline has been the biggest jobs-versus-environment clash in recent New Jersey history. With a pro-energy administration in power in Washington, its fate is sure to be closely watched by national energy and environmental groups.