Newsletter: Petition Shows Opposition to PennEast, Investments in Renewables Continue

Posted May 20, 2016

A look at the latest news, facts and figures on fossil fuels, pipelines, renewable energy, energy efficiency and progress on stopping the PennEast pipeline. 

In the News

Statehouse Rally Touts Anti-PennEast Pipeline Petition

By Keith Brown, NJ.com 

Several state and local officials were joined on the Statehouse steps Tuesday by about 35 environmentalists and opponents of the proposed $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline, announcing the collection of 9,000 signatures on a petition opposing the natural gas project.

Several elected leaders, including state Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th Dist.), plan to travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to deliver the petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is reviewing the pipeline application and has final say over whether it can be built. Read more.

Petition Shows Strong Regional Opposition to PennEast Pipeline

In Other Pipeline News

Lawsuit Says PennEast Illegally Surveying Residents’ Property

By Keith Brown, NJ.com

Seven residents in Mercer and Hunterdon counties whose property is in the path of the proposed $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline on Monday filed a lawsuit against the company claiming PennEast has been illegally surveying their property without permission. Read more.


GOP States Benefiting From Shift to Wind and Solar Energy

By Michael Biesecker, New Jersey Herald

If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. 

Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing.

It was the second straight year U.S. investment in renewable energy projects has outpaced that of fossil fuels. Robust growth is once again predicted for this year. Read more.

In Other Renewable Energy News

By the Numbers

  • 250,000
    Tons of ethane, a toxic gas and air pollutant, emitted by a single fracking site in the mid-West, equalling about 2 percent of the total ethane produced worldwide.
    Source: The Independent
  • 350,000
    Number of children who live within a mile of an oil or gas well in the U.S.
    Source: Desmogblog
  • 25 times
    The amount that methane, a key component of natural gas, is more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
    Source: U.S. News & World Report

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