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Our work this year: Climate change, pipelines, establishing a framework for NJ’s clean energy mandate, contamination in Newark, and open space

The Eastern Environmental Law Center’s Board and staff sends best wishes for a happy holiday season and thanks you for supporting our mission: clean energy, open space, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Climate change is an existential threat to the planet, yet numerous fossil fuel projects have been proposed for New Jersey, with gas pipelines […]

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

Kleinbaum leaves behind his record as a legal advocate for a clean energy future, for preserved open space, and for environmental justice in disadvantaged communities. Under his leadership, EELC has had victories in combating climate change, including a recent denial of state permits for the NESE fracked gas pipeline project.  Kleinbaum has opened up a […]

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 […]

EELC submits legal comments to FERC detailing flaws in pipeline approval policies

EELC submitted legal comments yesterday on behalf of clients New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJ Conservation), The Watershed Institute and Sierra Club to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the federal agency’s request for comments on its gas pipeline certificate policy, which was last updated in 1999. The purpose of the comments was to urge FERC to […]

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 […]

Judge Denies Ramapo Polo Club’s Injunction Against Ramapoughs

A Superior Court judge just gave a significant win to EELC and its client, the Ramapough Mountain Indians. In an Order signed on December 15, the Court denied the neighborhood Polo Club residents’ request for a restraining order preventing the Ramapoughs from using their own land for prayer and cultural assembly. This involves the ongoing dispute […]

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 […]

State Judge bars Mahwah Hunt & Polo Club from participating in Township’s complaint against Ramapoughs

  UPDATE: EELC attorneys Aaron Kleinbaum and Raghu Murthy are in court defending the Ramapough against municipal summonses alleging that they have violated the zoning code by constructing teepees on their property.  Teepee summonses amount to harassment, Ramapough attorney argues. _____________________________ The Ramapough Lenape Nation – a State-recognized Tribe that owns land in Mahwah, NJ […]

EELC hosts environmental justice strategy meeting

  The North East Environmental Justice Attorney Group met on Tuesday, June 26, to discuss critical civil rights and environmental issues facing poor and minority communities, including climate change, cumulative polluting impacts, American Indian rights, and how to increase the diversity of environmental bar.  These issues, in the view of many during the meeting, were […]

State judge dismisses Township of Mahwah’s restraining order against Ramapough Lanape Nation

Update: June 20, 2017 – The Ramapough Lenape Nation – a State-recognized Tribe that owns land in Mahwah, NJ – won an important victory in Court when Judge Powers filed a June 15, 2017 decision vacating the Township of Mahwah’s temporary restraints and Order to Show Cause to prevent the ceremonial use of the Tribe’s property. On […]

Power plant in Newark lacks emergency plan

From major spills to small leaks, emergency response plans provide the public with a roadmap to safety. You wouldn’t board a plane without oxygen masks or a cruise ship without life jackets. But what happens when danger lurks and there are no emergency procedures in place?  That’s the issue facing Newark’s Ironbound residents because the Newark Energy […]

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