Pipeline Conflict Heats Up: Landowners Vow to Fight PennEast on Eminent Domain

Tim Seggerman wanted to retire to a custom-built house in the woods of Hunterdon County where he could enjoy the rural peace and look out on an adjoining farm.

Seggerman, 67, a New York City-based architect, cashed in his 401K and sank $215,000 into a three-quarter acre lot near Stockton where he pulled down a dilapidated house, designed its replacement, and began to build it himself.

But the one-man construction project stopped about four years ago when the PennEast Pipeline Co. announced plans to build a natural gas pipeline that would run along a right of way now occupied by a paved driveway about 75 feet from his partially built home.

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