NJDEP Challenges FERC Certificate for PennEast

UPDATE (February 20, 2018): In an unprecedented move NJDEP, in agreement with EELC’s position, has asked FERC to reverse its decision to issue a conditional certificate to PennEast due to “woefully insufficient data”. — On behalf of clients New Jersey Conservation Foundation  and Stony Brook–Millstone Watershed Association, EELC today filed a request with the Federal […]

NJDEP to PennEast: Pipeline Denied

In a strongly worded letter to PennEast, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection denied a freshwater wetlands permit sought by the pipeline company.  The Conditional Certificate that FERC recently issued for PennEast clearly states that the pipeline can’t proceed without permits from NJDEP. Tom Gilbert, campaign director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation said, “PennEast wants […]

Fight Against PennEast Pipeline Shifts to New Jersey

FERC approved PennEast pipeline despite lack of need & threats to water, health & safety. New Jersey doesn’t need or want this damaging pipeline, and has the power to stop it when it faces a more stringent state review. “By issuing this Certificate, FERC failed to meet its obligations under the law. We’ll be challenging […]

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Environmental Groups Applaud FERC Announcement that Its Gas Pipeline Approval Process Must Be Revamped

Environmental and conservation groups in New Jersey that have opposed the PennEast project on the grounds that it does not serve a public need cheered the move announced today that FERC’s natural gas pipeline review process is not sufficient given current industry reality.   DECEMBER 21, 2017 BY RETHINK ENERGY NJ Far Hills, NJ (December 22, 2017) — […]

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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 […]

Food, Facts and Fly Fishing

Over 20 guests from across the Highlands Region joined EELC at the beautifully restored, historic Raritan Inn on Friday, November 3rd for a day of scintillating conversation and fun.  George Cassa (Alliance for Historic Hamlets), Basil Hone (Citizens to Save Tewksbury), and Robin Love (Residents Alliance for Neighborhood Preservation) co-hosted the event. We were joined […]

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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 […]

Lunch and Flyfishing at the Raritan Inn, November 3 2017 at 11 am

 Please join us for lunch and a brief update on legal environmental challenges facing the Highlands area. November 3, 2017 11:00 am Raritan Inn Califon, NJ A buffet lunch will be served followed by a tour of the beautifully restored  Inn and its grounds (weather permitting). Interested in fly fishing?  Join us after the tour […]

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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 […]

Smart meters and AMI unanimously approved by NJ Board of Public Utilities

Calling Rockland Electric’s proposal for smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure “revolutionary” and “a future we have to embrace,” Commissioner Fiordaliso joined his fellow Board of Public Utilities members in unanimously approving the utility’s plan to provide 74,000 customers near-real-time data on their electrical usage.  EELC represented the Environmental Defense Fund and worked with the […]

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EELC attorney Danis comments on the need for evidentiary hearing on Penn East pipeline

PennEast urges new FERC quorum to quickly approve pipeline,  State Impact, project of NPR stations, Jon Hurdle, August 11, 2017 From article, “The foundation first asked FERC to hold a hearing on the pipeline last summer, but the regulator never ruled on that request, said Jennifer Danis, an attorney with the Eastern Environmental Law Center, […]

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