News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Drinking Water Quality Institute Documents Health Impacts of PFOA Contamination in NJ's Drinking Water Supply

A three-hour long meeting by the NJ Drinking Water Quality Institute presented in minute detail the scientific underpinnings of the recent announcement by the Institute to propose the toughest standard in the country for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, which was originally used in Teflon & other non-stick appliances) for drinking water in New Jersey of 14 parts per trillion. The extensive health impacts study showed the detailed analysis on why the Institute was recommending a health protective standard and the weakness of the current EPA standard of 70 parts per trillion.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Gasland’s Trojan Horse: DEP Wetland Hearing on Transco Compressor Station in Burlco Exposes Vulnerability of Gas Pipelines

NJDEP will hold the first of two hearings regarding DEP’s environmental review of the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline through Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean Counties and its attendant fossil fuel infrastructure. Tonight’s hearing focuses on the proposed Garden State Expansion Transco compressor station, and its application for freshwater wetlands permits to NJDEP to destroy more than six acres of Chesterfield wetlands.
Beyond the environmental threats of the compressor station, which is near residential neighborhoods, it would provide a fossil fuel conduit to transport gas for New Jersey Natural Gas's proposed pipeline through the heart of the Pinelands.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

FERC Dodges Public “Hearings” on PennEast Pipeline By Sequestering Public For Comment

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicked off a whirlwind road show of sequestered hearings on the beleaguered proposed PennEast pipeline that would stretch 118 miles across Pennsylvania before bisecting Hunterdon and Mercer Counties on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River watershed. The hearings, in a response to the overwhelming show of public opposition to the PennEast pipeline during the scoping hearings, are intentionally designed to sequester off the public one by one and deprive the public of hearing the statements of their neighbors – as well as the arguments of PennEast company officials. The flawed public hearing process is symbiotic of an attempt to quell public input.

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Clean and Green Forum Puts Focus on Capital City in Debate on PennEast Pipeline, Fracking and the Green Job Economy

A week after PennEast officially applied to FERC to build a massive gas pipeline through Central Jersey, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, the Citizens Campaign and Environment New Jersey organized an educational forum in Trenton to discuss the potential impact of the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in the Delaware River watershed on Trenton’s drinking water, as well as the economic benefits of long-term green jobs.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

New Jersey’s Ban on Dangerous Gas Drilling Expires

Today, as New Jersey’s one year moratorium on the dangerous shale gas drilling technique known as "fracking" expires, Environment New Jersey pressed for further action to protect the state’s waterways and environment from this controversial and damaging practice to extract fossil fuels.

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On the Eve of Governor’s Decision on Fracking Waste Ban, Environment New Jersey Report Documents the Cost of Fracking

Trenton – Firing a new salvo in the ongoing debate over the gas drilling practice known as fracking,  Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center today released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling.  As documented in "The Cost of Fracking," fracking creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.