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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 […]

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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nj.com on PennEast’s attempt to fast track PennEast

3 years in, PennEast ask feds to ‘promptly’ approve the pipeline, Kevin O’Shea, nj.com, August 12, 2017. From article, “Both the letter and its timing with FERC now having a quorum drew swift rebuke from opponents. ‘PennEast asking for an accelerated approval is outrageous and shameful,’ said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra […]

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NJ Spotlight article on Penn East pipeline

The Eastern Environmental Law Center is lead legal council for the pipeline coalition which opposes the multiple unneeded pipelines that are planned to cross New Jersey and the Delaware River.   EELC was instrumental in getting the DEP to require that the Penn East pipeline developer’s application be complete.  PENNEAST WANTS FAST-TRACK APPROVAL FROM FERC […]

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EELC requests FERC hold evidentiary hearing on PennEast project

On Friday, in response to PennEast’s request for FERC to expedite project review, EELC renewed its own request to FERC for a hearing on the proposed Project.  EELC represents New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, who oppose the controversial PennEast Pipeline because it has not demonstrated any public benefits. Many others agree – including the […]

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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 […]

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 […]