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 […]

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 […]

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 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.

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  

NJDEP undervalues wetlands in the Pinelands; EELC stops planned superstore

  On January 30th, in a victory for both environmental advocates and for the New Jersey Pinelands, the New Jersey state appeals court remanded a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) decision which failed to adequately protect a critical wetland habitat in Manchester Township, part of the Pinelands National Reserve.  Aaron Kleinbaum, EELC Executive […]

EELC files to require FERC to hold evidentiary hearing on public need for Penn East pipeline

The proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline, if approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will stretch 118 miles between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. By their own admission, PennEast’s construction will disturb over 1,600 acres of preserved open space, farms, forests and other land. U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, an outspoken critic of the pipeline, […]

Development Threatens Pine Snake Habitat

EELC appeared before judges Parrillo, Harris, and Guadagno at New Jersey’s Appellate Court in the first series of oral arguments concerning the NJDEP’s approval of a permit on April 18, 2012, granting developer Jaylin Holdings, LLC (the “applicant”) the right to construct a Walmart Supercenter (the “project”) in Toms River, New Jersey. At the hearings, […]

EELC Joins Campaign to Stop Fish Kills

A coalition of environmental groups launched the “Stop the Delaware Fish Kills” Campaign to reduce the fish kills from power plant cooling water intake structures along the Delaware River. The coalition joined forces in May by calling on environmental officials in New Jersey and Delaware to require three industrial plants, the Salem Nuclear Generating Station […]