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ENERGY – PennEast Pipeline Gains Eminent Domain

Trenton, NJ: by Sierra Club NJ. Taylor McFarland reports - Federal court has granted PennEast the use of eminent domain to gain access to properties to do survey work. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the PennEast Pipeline project. This decision by FERC allows PennEast to use eminent domain to get on property where they need data for applications. FERC made their decision last January and issued an order denying a rehearing in August.  “This is not…
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Environment

Gov Murphy’s Cardinale Trophy Park Proposal to Turf Pineland Critical Forest Sensitive Wildlife Areas

Murphy’s Soccer Team Massive Sprawl Project in the Pines.   Trenton, NJ: Sierra Club NJ Taylor McFarland reports - A massive 200- acre sports complex has been proposed in the Pinelands of Jackson. The project called Trophy Park, would be built outside of the Pinelands Reserve on much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lakethat was once owned by the late Stanley Switlik. The park would also be right next to the Prospertown Wildlife Management Area. This is critical forest area…
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WATER DISASTERS – City Of Newark To Provide Water Filters To Residents With Lead Service Lines

TRENTON – New Jersey state health and environmental officials are supporting the City of Newark’s decision to provide in-home tap water filters to Newark residents whose homes have lead service lines. The City is taking prompt action after receiving notice that recent tests indicate that the Newark water department’s corrosion-control treatment is no longer working effectively in some areas. The service lines are the pipes that connect residents’ homes to the City’s water lines. The City is taking quick and aggressive…
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Awareness

Coastal Resiliency Plan Missing Urgency and Action

Trenton, NJ: NJ Sierra Club release – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner McCabe announced a forthcoming Coastal Resilience Plan from the department. The announcement was made today during the during the Coastal Resilience Summit at Monmouth University. The plan is meant to be “a blueprint for protection of property, lives, infrastructure and natural environments by guiding policies, regulations, resources and funding.” The DEP will be conducting stakeholder outreach over the next year, which includes the launching of their new website on…
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Awareness

GAS DISASTER – 80 Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

(NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president of gas operations. “Safety is the…
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PSE&G Becomes First Utility to Meet Department of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Standards

New Jersey Strong. com NEWS - (Aug. 20, 2018 ─ Newark, ) ─ PSE&G is the first public utility in the United States to obtain SAFETY Act liability protections from the Department of Homeland Security for the deployment of physical security measures that are designed to detect, deter and recover from acts of terrorism. The protections cover the PSEG Holistic Security Model, a customized anti-terrorism program that is designed to identify and reduce risks based on comprehensive planning processes and…
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Attorney General’s Office Charges Four More Individuals With Filing False Applications For Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that the Attorney General’s Office and its state and federal partners have charged four new defendants with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of defendants charged by the office in these cases to 120 since March 2014. “Any fraud against public assistance programs is deplorable, but these thefts were especially egregious because they diverted funds intended for victims left homeless by one…
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Environment

Congressman Chris Smith Tours Flood Damage in Wall, Howell Meets with affected residents, local officials and law enforcement in preparation for federal assistance request

Monmouth County, NJ, Aug 17, 2018 Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) surveyed extensive flood damage in Wall and Howell Township, meeting with local officials, residents, and law enforcement, and was briefed on the extent of flood damage in Monmouth County after record rainfalls in the area. “The recent flooding has created a disaster for residents in Monmouth and Ocean counties, plain and simple,” Smith said. “I saw roads and bridges washed out—that may take weeks to repair—and met with homeowners who have suffered nightmarish…
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