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Aaron Kleinbaum, Executive Director of EELC, will step down to become NJ Assistant Attorney General

(Newark, New Jersey, July 19, 2019) It is with both pride and sadness that the EELC Board of Directors announces that Executive Director Aaron Kleinbaum is leaving EELC to take the position as Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Justice at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.  Our loss is New Jersey’s gain, […]

Victory in New Jersey!

Newark, NJ (June 6, 2019) – Environmental groups and impacted homeowners declare victory and applaud the Murphy administration’s New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for the June 5, 2019 denial of Williams/Transco’s proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project, which would transport fracked natural gas through New Jersey from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania […]

Newsletter: Fall Greetings from EELC

Greetings to all of our friends and supporters. Much has happened since I wrote you last. I have been heartened to see New Jersey pass the Clean Energy Act of 2018 and commit to a 2019 Energy Master Plan that would lay out a pathway to 100% clean energy for New Jersey by 2050.   We have also […]

Environmental Groups & Legislators Warn of Kavanaugh’s Environmental Record

  EELC senior staff attorney Jenn Danis joined NJ Senators Booker & Menendez and others to discuss the detrimental effects a Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination could have on the environment. In Brick, NJ, an area hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, Danis spoke on behalf of The Watershed Institute and NJ Conservation Foundation about Kavanaugh’s environmental record on the […]

New York State Denies NESE Water Permit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYDEC”) today denied Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company’s (“Transco”) application for Water Quality Certification for its Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (“NESE”) due to incomplete information. According to the NYDEC’s statement, the application was not only incomplete, the materials submitted raised serious environmental concerns as well. EELC is […]

EELC Spring Letter to Supporters

Happy Spring! First, I’d like to thank all our supporters again for helping us make 2017 a year in which we were able to bring our work on clean energy and pipelines to a national level and expand our representation of New Jersey’s environmental organizations and community groups in our other priority areas: environmental justice […]

EELC Brings Constitutional Challenge Against FERC’s Use of Eminent Domain

According to the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Unfortunately for hundreds of homeowners and organizations, FERC is allowing pipeline companies to seize land unlawfully.   In a precedent-setting challenge, on behalf of NJ Conservation Foundation, EELC and Columbia Environmental Law Clinic filed a complaint charging FERC with permitting companies […]

Coalition Forms to Oppose Transco’s Fracked Gas Pipeline Enhancement

“If we don’t stop this project, the floodgates will be open to future projects,” says Barry Kutch, the leader of Central New Jersey Safe Energy Coalition, a new client of EELC.  Mr. Kutch is talking about NESE, a proposed Transco pipeline project by S&P 500 company Williams that would transport fracked natural gas through New […]

EELC Board of Directors welcomes Lydia Chambers

We are pleased to introduce you to our new Board member, Lydia Chambers.  Lydia has been working as an environmental organizer in the Chatham area for the last 15 years.   She served for over a decade on the Planning Board and Open Space Committee in Chatham Township.  In conjunction with the Environmental Commission, she led […]

Policy Recommendations to Improve State Review of Proposed Pipelines

NJ Conservation Foundation NJ Highlands Coalition Pinelands Preservation Alliance Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Rethink Energy NJ Policy Recommendations to Improve State Review of Proposed Pipelines Background Multiple infrastructure proposals for new non-renewable energy sources, including oil and natural gas pipelines and transmission lines, have been permitted and constructed in recent years or are pending […]

New Jersey Appeals Court backs EELC over Highlands water discharge permit

Update:  May 4, 2017 – EELC is pleased to have won a New Jersey appellate court ruling which held that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection should not have issued a permit for a proposed water treatment facility to discharge into a Highlands creek. The Court stated that NJDEP must respect the resource protection goals […]

DEP deals another blow to PennEast pipeline project

EELC is proud to have helped our clients’ continued fight to protect New Jersey’s exceptional resources. Read about the latest setback to the PennEast project here. New Jersey Conservation Foundation Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association