Victory in the Pinelands

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Posted March 1, 2019

This week, the owner of the B.L. England generating station announced that the plant will not be converted to a gas-fired plant. This means that the South Jersey Gas pipeline is defeated.

“By quickly recognizing the fact that there is no longer any justification for building the SJ Gas pipeline through the Pinelands, Attorney General Grewal and Gov. Murphy defended New Jersey’s clean energy future by preventing this unneeded, polluting fossil fuel project. Now, we can reduce harmful carbon emissions while creating good local jobs through appropriately-sited renewable energy development, instead of another dirty energy project that would delay the clean, safe renewable energy that New Jersey voters want. We were pleased to work with our partners at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance to protect the Pinelands from this polluting pipeline,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

“This is tremendous news for the Pinelands, for New Jersey and for the protection of our environment. This victory goes to you, the citizens of New Jersey who testified, wrote letters, protested, made signs, sang songs, and pleaded with the Pinelands Commission and the Board of Public Utilities to deny this project and protect the Pinelands National Reserve,” said Carleton Montgomery, executive director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

What happens now?

Thank Gov. Murphy

You can call the governor’s office at 609-292-6000 and thank him. Here’s a sample message:

“Thank you Gov. Murphy and your attorney general for helping to make it clear that there is no justification for the South Jersey Gas pipeline. We look forward to your next steps in creating a clean energy future. We are also looking forward to the Pinelands Commission and BPU revoking their approvals on South Jersey Gas. Thank you for your leadership.”

You can also learn more about how you can get involved in opposing unneeded fossil fuel projects in New Jersey on our Take Action page.

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