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The challenges continue in 2012 - We need your continued support in
protecting New Jersey's environment this year and for years after. We have
had many obstacles thrown our way, but we will continue to hammer on. We
are going to need your help for various issues around the state including,
banning fracking, getting NJ back into RGGI, stopping the various natural
gas pipelines through our state, promoting a clean energy future, and many
Some of our recent achievements include:
Stopping Laws that Threaten Clean Water and Healthy Communities
We believe the people of New Jersey should have clean water and the peace
of mind that the places where our children play are free of toxic
pollution. Through our legislature efforts, we were successful in passing a
bill to Ban Fracking in New Jersey, which unfortunately Governor Christie
later vetoed. However, we are continuing our efforts to stop fracking from
happening here in New Jersey and in the Delaware River Basin. Other
legislation that we have lobbied heavily against was the Water Quality
Management Plan and the Permit Extension Act. We continue to work on both
of these pieces of legislation that will greatly affect the water quality
in New Jersey.
Promoting Clean Energy and Working to Fight Climate Change
Renewable energy is critical to our environmental and economic health. We
were able to build a campaign around Governor Christie’s Energy Master Plan
putting together a rally and getting volunteers out to the hearings helping
to educate the public about energy issues here in New Jersey. We have also
been working with various environmental groups around the state in a
campaign to get New Jersey back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiate
(RGGI). RGGI is an agreement signed by the ten northeast states to cut
carbon emissions from electrical generation power plants, which Governor
Christie has announced NJ will no longer be participating in. We've been
successful in pushing for legislation that promotes clean energy here in
New Jersey including the PACE Bill.
Preserving Natural Habitats
Years of work by the NJ Chapter paid off with the preservation of the
392-acre Petty's Island, located in the heart of the Delaware River
Estuary. The island, which is home to wildlife like bald eagles and herons,
was official preserved on Earth Day 2009 to serve as an ecological,
cultural, and historical preserve.
After a 10 year battle, the Windy Acres site was purchased as Green
Acres. The site, adjacent to the Round Valley Reservoir in Clinton, was
being considered for a residential development but is now preserved open
space. We helped stop a 400-plus condominium development proposed to be
built on 180 acres of open space next to Jockey Hollow National Historic
Park in Morris Township.
We won a local victory in Clinton, after successful grassroots campaign
that stopped the construction of an office building next to Spruce Run
Reservoir. The same members in were active in the fight to prevent a
172-acre truck depot from being built in Warren County.
Protecting Barnegat Bay
The Sierra Club has worked in extensive lobbying on various bills that
would help protect Barnegat Bay. We were successful in getting three bills
passed including a bill that would regulate fertilizer, Total Daily Maximum
Loads, and storm water bill. We continue to work on various other pieces of
legislation that will help to protect and improve the health of Barnegat
Fighting for Comprehensive Pollution Regulations
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with various
proposed rules to help protect our environment and our health. These rules
include a r*ule limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emission from new
power plants. Other EPA proposed rules include regulations to clean up
our air and reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants, including the
Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, reductions in mercury, SoX and NoX
emissions from power plants, and regulation of coal ash. The Sierra Club is
working extensively educating the public about these rules and making sure
that get adopted to ensure we have a clean and healthy environment for
years to come.
Stopping Proposals that Threaten Environmentally Sensitive Areas
We're always working to protect our state's natural resources and
environmentally-sensitive areas like the Highlands and the Pinelands. We
have been working long and hard to protect the Highlands from various
projects including the Susquehanna Roseland Transmission Line and the
Tennessee Gas Pipeline. We are also protecting the Pinelands by getting the
Pinelands area removed from the Permit Extension Act. In addition we
continue to fight various development projects to protect these
environmentally sensitive areas and others around the state.
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