In 2021, ReThink Energy NJ helped defeat the PennEast pipeline, a proposed 118-mile fossil gas pipeline that would have cut through Mercer and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. For seven years, ReThink Energy NJ worked alongside environmental advocates, residents, federal, state, and local elected officials to fight against the unneeded pipeline, which faced tremendous opposition and a series of legal challenges that went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
From the beginning, based on important research supported by ReThink Energy NJ, it was clear that PennEast was unneeded, unwanted and unsafe. The project would have threatened the health and safety of communities, private landowners, taxpayer-preserved open space, drinking water, and significant natural and historic resources.
Our successful campaign focused on raising awareness, educating residents and decision makers, and inspiring all parties to take action to help stop the project.
“Our public and private lands won’t be seized and scarred, and our water and air won’t be polluted. New Jersey stayed strong and will be healthier and safer without PennEast. Fossil fuel projects such as this have no place as we transition to a clean energy future.”
“I’m grateful for all of the work that has been accomplished by the advocacy groups on the ground these last years, fighting this unnecessary and dangerous proposal. I also thank the residents and communities on the front line of the proposed route for their tireless efforts.“
“Through litigation, legislation, and enforcement of environmental rules, we mustered a force that could not be resisted. I hope that the affected landowners will finally enjoy the peace of mind they deserve, and the satisfaction of knowing that when local communities come together to protect their rights, they can still beat corporate power.”
“The Watershed Institute congratulates and thanks the many local, state, and federal officials of both parties and thousands of residents for their determined opposition to this unnecessary and destructive proposal.“