“Today’s ruling favored private interests over the public good by letting PennEast — owned in part by New Jersey Resources and South Jersey Industries — seize nearly 150 private and preserved lands for its ill-advised pipeline before theState of New Jersey has decided whether it will even be approved.”
New Jersey Natural Gas should not begin construction of the unneeded Southern Reliability Link pipeline while the project is still in court. It is a risk to residents’ safety, ratepayers’ money, and the Pinelands.
Election results in statehouses across the country buoyed the chances of state-level renewable energy legislation. The change in governors may prove pivotal in Maine, Nevada and New Mexico. In those states, there is hope of a repeat of what happened in New Jersey in the past year.
New Jersey doesn’t need more polluting gas pipelines like PennEast. We want wind and solar energy in our state — because renewables can’t wait.
Clean energy has become the cheapest energy in many parts of the country, and the cost of renewable energy from solar and wind is now at an all-time low. Solar costs 86 percent less across North America than it did in 2009, and wind costs have dropped 65 percent over the same period.