NJDEP will hold the first of two hearings regarding DEP’s environmental review of the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline through Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean Counties and its attendant fossil fuel infrastructure. Tonight’s hearing focuses on the proposed Garden State Expansion Transco compressor station, and its application for freshwater wetlands permits to NJDEP to destroy more than six acres of Chesterfield wetlands.
Beyond the environmental threats of the compressor station, which is near residential neighborhoods, it would provide a fossil fuel conduit to transport gas for New Jersey Natural Gas's proposed pipeline through the heart of the Pinelands.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicked off a whirlwind road show of sequestered hearings on the beleaguered proposed PennEast pipeline that would stretch 118 miles across Pennsylvania before bisecting Hunterdon and Mercer Counties on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River watershed. The hearings, in a response to the overwhelming show of public opposition to the PennEast pipeline during the scoping hearings, are intentionally designed to sequester off the public one by one and deprive the public of hearing the statements of their neighbors – as well as the arguments of PennEast company officials. The flawed public hearing process is symbiotic of an attempt to quell public input.
Today, the NJDEP announced late in the day it was ignoring detailed public comment and opposition to repowering the B.L. England power plant as full-time gas facility, by approving the air quality permit. The permit will receive a 45-day pro-forma review process by USEPA, but the state has effectively sign off on the repowering of B.L. England. Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center blasted the decision, calling it a rubberstamp taht will double down on carbon pollution, enable the Pinelands Pipeline and worsen air quality.
Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center will deploy hundreds of canvassers this summer in a multi-million-dollar effort to educate New Jerseyans about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Part of a nationwide campaign to reach more than 1.3 million Americans, canvassers from the state’s main office in New Brunswick will distribute literature to more than 75,000, showing that the country has both the tools and the imperative to transition entirely off dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar.