Stockton, NJ (May 26, 2016) – The following is a statement from Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation:
“We applaud Assembly Members Muoio, Gusciora and Benson for sponsoring this resolution calling for reform of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s process for review of new fossil fuel pipelines.
The proliferation of pipelines proposed throughout New Jersey over the past two years, such as PennEast, highlights the urgent need for better policies at the federal and state levels to deal with the onslaught of energy infrastructure projects that threaten our land, water and communities.
Energy experts have concluded that New Jersey has more than enough pipeline capacity to meet firm demand, even in the harshest winters. Yet, there is presently no regional planning to assess whether new pipelines are needed, their cumulative impacts on the environment, and alternative solutions such as renewable sources of energy.
New Jersey is at risk of being overrun by pipelines and being over-reliant on natural gas as we face the urgent need to transition rapidly to clean, renewable sources of energy. FERC’s antiquated processes desperately need to be reformed, by requiring reviews that take into account present day energy issues and concerns.”