In 1969, Cleveland Ohio's Cuyahoga River caught fire. This event was a wake up call that help raise awareness of environmental issues. We have come a long way since then and the environmental movement has helped clean up and protect many of earth's treasures.
With increasing pressure from a slow economy, a growing population, and increasing energy needs, it is more important now than ever to make sure that the health of the planet is not compromised for the sake of our short term needs and wants. If the health of our environment is important to you and you want to leave a clean planet for future generations, now it the time to let your voice be heard.
This page is your gateway to making things happen. Our state and national leaders need to know that our environment is not for sale and that it's health should be a top priority.
The Pilgrim Pipeline Proposal…
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- Two parallel pipelines, 178 miles, between Albany, NY and Linden, NJ
- Bakken shale oil will be sent south; refined products (including kerosene) will be sent north.
- Crosses 5 N.J counties, 30 N.J. towns, & environmentally fragile areas/sources for water. See the New Jersey and New York maps.
- Much of route to use existing utility rights of way, but additional tracts required.
- Major impact on environment, public health and property values.
- Communities bear all of the burden along the path.
No upside, only negatives. Emergency response. Property values.
- Cements regional reliance on risky fossil fuel and oil infrastructure.
Susceptible to corrosion and leakage problems.
- Transported products dangerous to humans and environment.
Bakken shale oil is highly volatile, involved in many accidents.
- Damaging effects on urban communities and open spaces through which it passes.
Areas include the Hudson Valley, Catskills, NY/NJ Highlands.
- Could see wetlands destroyed, critical habitats leveled and impact to waterways.
Endangered and threatened species affected. More erosion due to construction.
- Federal inspection/regulation insufficient.
Just 135 inspectors oversee 2.6 million miles of pipeline. Only 1/5th has been inspected in the past 8 years.
- Shale oil fracking has harmful impact. Contributes to climate change crisis.
Water depletion, toxic air emissions, waste-water, methane release.
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Union County College agrees to put sports field in Clark instead of Cranford
he Star-Ledger By
June 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM
Plans for the sports field that Union County College proposed for the Cranford campus. The proposed drew an outcry of protests from Cranford residents.
To a roar of approval from the audience, Union County College trustees voted tonight to locate an athletic field at the county’s Oak Ridge Park in Clark instead of on the school’s Cranford campus, as first proposed.
“It is the recommendation of the (building and grounds) committee that board develop the necessary plans to place the athletic field on the Oak Ridge site,” Fran Sabatino, a college trustee and chairwoman of the building and grounds committee, said at the panel’s meeting.
Union County College (UCC) to build a combination athletic field and track complex
The college has proposed a $1.4 million combined soccer and lacrosse field with a six-lane track along Gallows Hill Road that would require removal of 700 trees on 4.3 acres. The college would plant 1,500 young trees, to replace those taken out, officials said.
The Cranford Environmental Commission has registered its opposition to this project in a letter to Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President of Union County College.
Star Ledger Article
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Block Governor Christie's reckless rollback on New Jersey's participation in RGGI.
New Jersey took an important step in 2007 and joined 10 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This innovative program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and in turn reduce global warming and other air pollution, cut energy costs for consumers and businesses, and create good-paying local jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. Launched by former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), the program brought together a wide array of business, consumer, and environmental stakeholders, as well as state officials.
In a blow to clean energy advocates throughout the Northeast, Gov. Chris Christie has pulled New Jersey out of RGGI effective this year. RGGI represents an effort by northeastern states to tackle the problem by using a "cap and trade" system, charging companies for polluting emissions but allowing them to buy credits from cleaner firms, thus providing economic incentives to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Learn more about this issue and help deliver the message to our leaders that New Jersey needs to be a part of this important program.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) web site: http://www.rggi.org/
Read about Gov. Christie's announcement on NJ.COM
Analysis Group RGGI New Jersey Financial Impact Report
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Tell Gov. Christie: Protect the Highlands
Developers want Gov. Chris Christie to dismantle protections for the Highlands, the beautiful forests up north that provide clean drinking water to more than 5 million New Jerseyans. We're calling on the governor to enforce the laws protecting the Highlands — not roll them back.
fracking in new jersey
Hydraulic fracturing—a.k.a. fracking —involves blasting water, chemicals and sand deep into underground rock formations to unlock the natural gas they contain. The risks to our water and our health are greater than industry admits.
Recently, 91 NJ legislators voted yes on a bill (S2576) to ban the practice in New Jersey. However, Governor Christie vetoed the bill despite the fact that it has considerable support within his own party. Take Action! Urge your legislator to protect our drinking water by voting YES to override Christie's veto of S2576.
Visit Save the Delaware River Basin for more information.
Your state leaders are:
Senator THOMAS H. KEAN, JR. - Republican
Assemblyman JON M. BRAMNICK - Republican
Office: 251 North Ave. West, 2nd Floor, Westfield, NJ 07090 (908) 232-2073
Assemblywoman NANCY F. MUNOZ - Republican
Your Congressman and Senators are:
Congressman Leonard Lance - Republican
Office: 425 North Avenue East Westfield, NJ 07090 (908) 518-7733
Senator Cory Booker - Democrat
One Gateway Center 11-43 Raymond Plaza West Suite 2300 Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 639-8700
Senator Robert Menendez - Democrat
One Gateway Center, Suite 1100 Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 645-3030
Keep Informed / Take Action
Environment New Jersey is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Our professional staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for New Jersey's environment. Environment New Jersey draws on over 30 years of success in tackling our state's top environmental problems.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies, and provides the state LCVs with the resources and tools to accomplish and sustain their mission.
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters - www.njlcv.org
The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) is a non-partisan, non-profit, public education, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision-makers and the voters. All New Jerseyans have a right to clean water, clean air and abundant open spaces that provide our food, outdoor recreation, connection to the natural world, economic prosperity and health. NJLCV will evaluate the environmental performance of elected officials; seek adoption and implementation of key policies, regulations and legislation; and endorse and elect environmental leaders to office in the Garden State.
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
ANJEC, a non-profit organization, helps New Jersey environmental commissions, individuals, local and state agencies preserve natural resources and promote sustainable communities.