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New Jersey joins Delaware in opposing deepening of Delaware River

New Jersey joins Delaware in opposing deepening of Delaware River

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New Jersey has formally filed its support for Delaware's lawsuit seeking to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from deepening the Delaware Bay and River shipping channel.

Delaware has sought an injunction to delay the project until the corps obtains required ecological permits from Delaware environmental regulators, and New Jersey is now backing that effort with its request to intervene in the case.

New Jersey has also sued the corps over the project, saying it is basing its efforts on outdated environmental information that needs to be updated.

The corps, with Pennsylvania's support, plans to deepen the shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet to allow larger ships to pass through the channel, which stretches 102 miles from west of Cape May Point to Philadelphia.

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