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Three environmental groups have filed as intervenors before theFederal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposednatural gas pipeline that would run through Princeton and Montgomery, the Princeton Packet reported. The filing follows an unanimous vote on Oct. 15by the Princeton town council to become an intervenor in the case.

As intervenors, the groups can follow legal filings in the case and challenge the FERC's eventual decision, which is expected in 2014.

Plans for the pipeline wereintroduced last springby the Williams Company and consist ofa 6.5-mile long expansion of the New Jersey section of the Transco Mainline natural gas pipeline. 1.29 miles of the line will run through Princeton and pass the property of about30 Princeton homeowners.

The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch and Environment New Jersey wrote in the filing that the project poses health and environmental risks. If approved, construction on the pipeline could begin by spring 2015.

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