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We Pressured the Obama Administration To Drop Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan

Working together with activists, elected leaders, small businesses and allies, we successfully beat back a plan from the Obama Administration to drill off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas this March. The drilling plan would have allowed drilling 90 miles from Cape May, endangered the Jersey Shore and tarnished the President’s climate legacy.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Gasland’s Trojan Horse: DEP Wetland Hearing on Transco Compressor Station in Burlco Exposes Vulnerability of Gas Pipelines

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.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

FERC Dodges Public “Hearings” on PennEast Pipeline By Sequestering Public For Comment

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.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Enviros Speak Out Against Flood Hazard Rule Rollback

The environmental community joined together in Trenton to speak out against the DEP’s Administrative Order for their dangerous Flood Hazard Rules, which will weaken existing protections and result in more flooding and water pollution in our waterways.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

NJDEP Rubberstamps B.L. England Air Permit: Approval Ignores Air Quality & Carbon Impact For South Jersey

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.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

DEP Highlands Septic Rule Blasted As Massive Unwinding of Highlands Water Quality Protections

Public testimony delivered urging the DEP to withdraw proposed rules to weaken water quality protections for the Highlands Act watershed lands.

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