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  • New DRBC Fracking Rules Panned | Environment New Jersey
    draft of its proposed rules in December 2010 with a public comment period that closed April 15 2011 A record number of comments were received by the agency on the draft 69 800 comments breaking all records for public involvement Since then they have been reviewing the comments and announced last month that they would be voting on the draft regulations 10 00am 12 00pm on November 21 2011 at a special meeting at the War Memorial in Trenton NJ and that there would be no public hearing and no opportunity for public input into the new version of the regulations A vote to approve gas regulations would lift the current moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin The voting members of the DRBC Governor Andrew Cuomo NY Governor Chris Christie NJ Governor Jack Markell DE and Governor Tom Corbett PA as the Governors of the four states that drain to the Delaware River and Colonel Christopher Larsen of the US Army Corps of Engineers the federal representative have been receiving a barrage of letters and phone calls over the past two months since the November 21 meeting was set including a virtual march on the DRBC through social media and call in days to voting members offices President Barack Obama as the elected federal official has also been receiving the communications Several hundred people are expected to attend the DRBC Meeting to protest DRBC s consideration of the commencement of gas drilling traveling from throughout the 13 000 square mile basin including buses from as far as 5 hours away Public debate has raged over the past 3 years in the Watershed due to the environmental impacts of gas drilling where it is occurring and continuing revelations that drilling and fracking is not safe and is causing hundreds of pollution incidents The DRBC has not done comprehensive environmental analyses to assess the immediate and cumulative impacts of natural gas development on the water resources of the Delaware River Basin water supply for over 15 million people including New York City Philadelphia and large populations in all four watershed states jeopardizing this sole source of water Top Ten Mistakes in DRBC Revised Gas Rule 1 They reduce the setbacks of gas well pads from a stream water body or wetland from 500 ft to 300 ft greater of 300 ft from wellbore or 100 ft from nearest disturbance exposing streams rivers and public surface water supplies to greater pollution 500 feet is not adequate and 300 feet is even less Setbacks recommended by commenters to DRBC were in the thousands of feet not hundreds and are to be measured from the end of the horizontal wellbore not the vertical well bore or surface disturbance 2 They backed down on the treatability study DRBC was requiring for wastewater discharges and allow the host state or federal treatability study to be used instead The host states do not require special treatability studies for the discharge of gas drilling wastewater and

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-drbc-fracking-rules-panned (2016-05-01)
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  • DEP: Deteriorating Barnegat Bay Endangers Economy | Environment New Jersey
    signed bills aimed at improving water quality and limiting pollutants that make their way into the bay The bay is 75 square miles and is one of the state s main breeding grounds for fish clams and crabs It also provides habitat for many shorebirds The bay s 660 square mile watershed encompasses most of part of 33 municipalities in Ocean County one of the fastest growing regions on the East Coast The centerpiece of the deal was an agreement with the owners of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant to shut it down 10 years earlier than planned in 2019 The plant releases superheated water back into the bay and its cooling system kills billions of tiny marine organisms and fish each year The plan also calls for upgrading stormwater and sewer systems that currently overflow and dump pollutants directly into the bay New Jersey recently adopted the nation s toughest fertilizer restrictions limiting the amount of nitrogen that can be applied to lawns and agricultural areas As of January 2013 all fertilizer products sold in the state must contain at least 20 percent slow release nitrogen and no phosphorous at all These substances degrade water quality and are believed to contribute to a rapid rise in the amount of stinging jellyfish in the bay and its tributaries that has taken place in recent years The plan also requires developers to restore soil to its original condition once building is finished provides 2 2 million to acquire land in sensitive parts of the Barnegat Bay watershed so that they can t be built on adopts stricter water quality standards and calls for more research on conditions in the bay Martin said studies that will be done include a survey of fish and crab populations and a study on algae

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/media/nje/dep-deteriorating-barnegat-bay-endangers-economy (2016-05-01)
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  • Earth Day Hike Inspects Forest Targeted for Great Adventure's Solar Project Clearcutting | Environment New Jersey
    t need to This is Great Adventure s great green mistake said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey This forest is an integral part of a larger forested area that is already protected To the south are the Pinelands National Reserve and the DEP Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area To the north and east is the Francis Mills Conservation Area and conserved forested lands owned by a local archery club Together these provide a home for nearly 100 species of herbs shrubs and trees thousands of species animals including critical habitat for two threatened species the Northern pine snake and the barred owl This 90 acre forest is a rich ecosystem It is an intact fully functional habitat that it is not isolated but connected to a large swath of forest lands a greenbelt containing exceptional natural resources at the headwaters of both the Toms River which feeds the Barnegat Bay and the Crosswicks Creek which feeds the Delaware River Clear cutting the forest would also lead to sediment erosion that would pollute two adjoining Category One streams one of the highest levels of protection the state grants said Emile DeVito Ph D manager of science with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation Advocates called the mitigation project proposed by Great Flags as inadequate They said that replacing an intact 90 acre forest with a replanting plan spread out over seven years in various locations around the edges of the solar facility or elsewhere within the park is not equitable As concerning is the rapid pace of the permit approval process by Jackson Township the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection The current plan of clear cutting acres of upland forest is environmentally unsound Negative impacts of potential runoff the forest destruction wetlands and ground water issues endangered species and downstream impacts especially for the Barnegat Bay would create a long term liability said Denise Garner a member of the Jackson Twp Environmental Commission who opposes the project Especially concerning to advocates are the potential impact on the watershed for Barnegat Bay which continues to see declining water quality especially during the summer Barnegat Bay is under stress from over development and nutrient pollution The unnecessary removal of 90 acres of forest adjacent to a stream that drains to the Bay will contribute to the already poor water quality Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson should reconsider their plan and move the solar panels to the parking lots which could have a double environmental benefit by reducing the thermal impact of the stormwater running off those lots Best Management Practices or BMPs should be implemented and potential negative impacts to streams and Barnegat Bay considered said Britta Wenzel executive director of Save Barnegat Bay New Jersey has a wealth of parking lots and New Jersey has 16 of the nation s installed solar carports One of the largest solar parking lot installations on the East Coast is located at Rutgers University 28 acres in size

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/earth-day-hike-inspects-forest-targeted-great-adventures-solar-project-clearcutting (2016-05-01)
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  • Over 100 Attend Discussion on New Jersey's Solar Future | Environment New Jersey
    Divestment and Rutgers Engineering Governing Council s Sustainability Affair Committee NJ PIRG Student Chapters is currently running a student led campaign to encourage the city councils of New Brunswick Piscataway Newark and Camden to set a goal of generating 20 percent of electricity in those communities from solar energy With over half the state living in places where the air is unsafe to breathe because of dirty energy use and the threat of global warming looming it s up to us to make sure New Jersey continues to be a leader in meeting our solar potential said Hilal Yildiz Solar Campaign Coordinator for NJPIRG Students Here in New Brunswick we re calling on Mayor Cahill to make us the first city in the state to commit to going 20 solar by 2025 New Jersey has over 33 000 solar installations 7 200 employed in the solar industry and the third most installed solar capacity in the nation Solar energy helps boost local economies reduce New Jersey s carbon footprint and save consumers on their electricity bills According to a report released last fall by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Jersey has the technical potential to generate six times the electricity its residents consume in an average year from solar power alone An enthusiastic crowd of Rutgers students community members and solar business representatives attended the event Audience members drove an engaging hour long question and answer session with after the panelists shared their visions for solar energy s future Several audience members inquired into how the advances in storage will impact residential solar users Because of Sandy and weather conditions because of cyber terrorism and cyber security storage is the future where solar users will be able to go off grid and still stay on power said Jeanne

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/over-100-attend-discussion-new-jerseys-solar-future (2016-05-01)
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  • Go Solar New Jersey Civic Leaders Letter | Environment New Jersey
    U S was solar This recent progress shows solar is poised to grow in leaps and bounds Solar helps the environment and it boosts local economies in the process Jobs in the solar industry grew ten times faster than the rest of the economy in 2013 as the solar industry added more new jobs than any other industry And because solar has no fuel costs it helps protect us from fluctuating fossil fuel prices Using solar here in New Jersey will help to protect our environment while creating local jobs that cannot be outsourced By committing New Jersey to expanding solar we are investing in a virtually limitless energy source with no fuel costs For the sake of our environment our health and the economy we ask that you join us in calling upon our state officials to commit to the goal of generating 20 percent of our electricity from solar by 2025 We can achieve that goal if we grow solar by approximately 21 percent annually The cost of solar is declining The cost of air and water pollution from fossil fuels is growing along with the threats posed by climate change Please help to set strong goals for solar in New Jersey to put us on a path to clean energy leadership Sincerely NAME AFFILIATION Senator Jim Whelan Legislative District 2 Assemblyman Daniel Benson Legislative District 14 Assemblyman Reed Gusciora Legislative District 15 Assemblyman Carmelo G Garcia Legislative District 33 Assemblyman Tim Eustace Legislative District 38 Freeholder Thomas J Sullivan Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Andrew Koontz Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Samuel T Frisby Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Ann M Cannon Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Anthony P Carabelli Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder John Cimino Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Pasquale Colavita Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Lucylle R S Walter Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Committeeman John Graefe Bethlehem Township Councilman Anthony Costa Bloomingdale Committeeman John Moynihan Bordentown Township Mayor John J Cosgrove Borough of Fair Lawn Councilman Kurt Peluso Borough of Fair Lawn Councilwoman Lisa Swain Borough of Fair Lawn Council President Armand Pohan Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Joseph Cervieri Borough of Fort Lee Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Michael Sargenti Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Harvey Sohmer Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Peter Suh Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Padraic Millet Borough of Highland Park Councilwoman Elsie Foster Dublin Borough of Highland Park Councilman Gary Potts Borough of Highland Park Councilman Jon Erickson Borough of Highland Park Councilman Philip George Borough of Highland Park Councilwoman Doriann Kerber Borough of Milltown Councilman Theodore D Holloway II Borough of Paulsboro Councilman Ernest Reevey Borough of South Tom s River Mayor Nicholas Poliseno Borough of Spotswood Councilman Richard DeLucry Brigantine Mayor Ann Dassing Caldwell Mayor Charles Daniel Califon Committee Member Michael Kelly Chatham Township Councilman Romal D Bullock East Orange Deputy Mayor Robert Apgar Eastampton Township

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/go-solar-new-jersey-civic-leaders-letter (2016-05-01)
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  • New Wind Report Builds Case for Moving Forward with Off-Shore Wind in NJ; Legislative Leaders Call Out BPU for Fishermen’s Energy Denial & Delay | Environment New Jersey
    the record reads the brief After three plus years of trying to work with the BPU to present a project that progressively reduced the costs to ratepayers and despite the prior remand of this matter the BPU has steadfastly reviewed the application in an arbitrary and capricious manner and its order should be reversed the brief summary concludes The Appellate Division court date is set for March 4 2015 Off shore wind will be an environmental and economic winner for New Jersey and Atlantic City said Sen Jim Whelan D 2 Fishermen s Energy pilot project off Atlantic City is the right place to start and Board of Public Utilities s failure to approve this project is not going to stand up to legal scrutiny It s been more than 4 years since Gov Christie signed off shore wind legislation into law it s time to start moving The report More Wind Less Warming comes after the comment period closed for the EPA s Clean Power Plan earlier this month which Congressional leaders are trying to block The analysis also comes as lawmakers left Washington by only extending wind energy tax credits in the nation s spending plan till the end of this year which spurred Fishermen s Energy to begin a ground breaking ceremony for the project s on land transmission Off shore wind is the future but New Jersey is falling behind by not moving forward with it said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo D 2 Fishermen s Energy is a great pilot project right off Atlantic City and has received federal funding to construct turbines The BPU s excuses are wearing thin to stop this project The time is now to put people back to work while greening our planet and our economy The new report also has implications for avoiding the public health risks associated with dirty energy sources This is a chance for New Jersey to take action in protecting our children from harmful pollution said Trisha Sheehan Northeast Regional Field Manager of Moms Clean Air Force Moms know that dirty fossil fuels are harming our families and communities We need more clean and renewable sources like offshore wind power Our children are depending on us The United States has the potential to power itself 10 times over with wind that blows both over land and off the East Coast Offshore wind development which is in its very nascent stages in the U S is critical to achieving the 30 percent target the report said Speeding the development of pollution free wind energy will slow global warming said O Malley That s why the Christie Administration should comply with its own law and greenlight the first pilot off shore wind project The best Christmas gift New Jersey could get to fight global warming would be to move forward with off shore wind NEW JERSEY WIND FINDINGS 2013 2030 30 Scenario Wind generation in GWh CO2 Displaced by Wind in MMT Wind generation in GWh CO2 Displaced by

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/new-wind-report-builds-case-moving-forward-shore-wind-nj-legislative-leaders-call-out-bpu (2016-05-01)
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  • Report: 20 Percent Solar in Reach for New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    Jersey has already proven itself to be a national leader in solar installation and we have an opportunity to cultivate our immense potential to facilitate the transition into a cleaner energy economy said U S Senator Cory Booker D NJ It is imperative that Congress continue investing in clean energy technologies and extend solar energy tax credits to help foster continued growth New Jersey has become a leader in solar energy with the third most installed capacity in the nation thanks in large part to forward thinking policy at the state and local levels and the political will exists to pave the way for continued solar growth The growth of solar energy is driven in large part by the adoption of bold solar goals according to State Senator Bob Smith D 17 To retain our status as a leader in solar energy and in the transition to a clean energy economy New Jersey should adopt goals like 20 solar by 2025 and 80 renewable by 2050 While these goals are ambitious New Jersey has the capabilities of meeting them The report quantifies New Jersey s enormous solar energy potential using data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and also outlines a set of federal state and local policy recommendations that would facilitate the realization of the solar target Where New Jersey can take advantage of utilizing more solar power we should particularly where it acts towards achieving a goal of generating 20 of our electricity from solar by 2025 said State Assemblywoman Grace Spencer D 29 Information in the report suggests that this is feasible and New Jersey should be proactive in reaching these goals Solar is currently the fastest growing industry in the country with New Jersey helping to set the pace In the previous three years solar power

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/report-20-percent-solar-reach-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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  • Star Power: The Growing Role of Solar Energy in New Jersey | Environment New Jersey
    reach Solar PV capacity in New Jersey increased at a rate of 66 percent per year from 2010 to 2013 If solar PV installations continue to increase at one third of that rate 22 percent annually between 2013 and 2025 New Jersey would have enough solar energy to generate 20 percent of its electricity See Figure ES 2 Figure ES 1 Solar Electricity Technical Potential Compared with Electricity Consumption Figure ES 2 New Jersey Can Generate 20 Percent of Its Electricity from Solar Power by 2025 Getting at least 20 percent of New Jersey s electricity from the sun by 2025 would represent a major step toward stabilizing the climate cleaning our air and building a prosperous sustainable economy Producing 20 percent of its electricity from clean solar power would reduce New Jersey s global warming pollution by 12 million metric tons in 2025 the equivalent of taking 2 6 million cars off the road Solar energy at that scale would help New Jersey comply with the goals of the Clean Power Plan the Environmental Protection Agency s EPA s proposed plan to reduce U S global warming pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 If the EPA decides that distributed generation can help states achieve their goals under the Clean Power Plan producing 20 percent of New Jersey s electricity from clean solar power would enable the state to achieve more than three quarters of its 2030 emission reduction goal Expanding solar energy will also reduce emissions of pollutants that contribute to the formation of smog and soot and threaten public health especially the health of vulnerable populations like children the elderly and those with respiratory disease Obtaining 20 percent of New Jersey s electricity from solar energy would reduce water consumption from power plants dramatically Using a life cycle assessment solar photovoltaics consume 1 500th of the water consumed by coal power plants and 1 80th of the water consumed by natural gas plants per unit of electricity produced Solar energy creates local clean energy jobs that can t be outsourced Growth in the solar industry from November 2012 to November 2013 was 10 times faster than the national average for employment the New Jersey solar industry employed 6 500 people in 2013 A future in which New Jersey gets 20 percent of its electricity from the sun is achievable and will help America generate at least 10 percent of its electricity from solar power by 2030 The tools to build this vision are available and the momentum exists now federal state and local governments should adopt aggressive goals for solar integration and implement policies that encourage the adoption of solar power To achieve New Jersey s full solar potential New Jersey s state government should commit to obtain at least 20 percent of its electricity from solar power by 2025 and adopt policies to achieve that goal State officials should expand the renewable electricity standard and the solar carve out New

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/star-power-growing-role-solar-energy-new-jersey (2016-05-01)
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