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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 […]

Appellate Court sends Highlands permit for sewage discharge back to the DEP

In a long-running story for EELC and friends of Rockaway Creek, EELC Executive Director and attorney Aaron Kleinbaum won a major victory in court in the effort to prevent a sewage disposal plant from discharging into a wild trout stream in the Highlands.    “This is a significant victory for water quality in the Highlands […]

Client Feature: NJCF scientist Emile DeVito stewards the Pine Barrens

  “I’ll have to call you back. I’m rushing an injured snake to the lab.” Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), had just finished cleaning up yet another pile of garbage illegally dumped in the New Jersey Pine Barrens when I called.  Hiding among the debris was […]

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 […]

Yahoo News: Does New Jersey need the PennEast pipeline?

EELC is representing New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to oppose the PennEast pipeline. Many legal hurdles to the pipeline remain even though FERC is now likely to approve the project. As Tom Gilbert explains in this Yahoo News article: “There’s a lot of compelling evidence from credible sources that there’s no need for [PennEast],” Gilbert said. “It’s one thing […]

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 […]

EELC helps broker agreement between Bergen SWAN and Suez Water Company

Last month, EELC helped Bergen SWAN negotiate two agreements with the Suez Water Company, which protect the environment and protect the quality of the Oradell Reservoir’s drinking water supply. The first agreement involves Suez’s proposed sale of its former headquarters property in Harrington Park. Both the north and south sides of the property border the […]

EELC’s Amicus Curiae motion granted in Meer Tract case

On May 17th, Judge Caposela in Passaic County Superior Court granted EELC’s motion to allow the New Jersey Highlands Coalition to participate as Amicus Curiae, in a case involving the Meer Tract. The Meer Tract is located at Federal Hill, an historically and environmentally important 180-acre property preserved as open space in the Highlands Region, […]

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 […]

Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Danis testifies before Congress

EELC’s Jennifer Danis testified before Congress that proposed federal legislation fast-tracking natural gas pipeline approvals would jeopardize health and safety.  Danis was on Capitol Hill representing clients New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Read the press release and Danis’ complete testimony here.