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Environmental Protection

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has a statewide Natural Resources Committee working to understand and influence environmental policy in the state. Members interested in joining this committee can contact the state office at contact@lwvnj.org.


Recent Actions

Testimony Opposing Southern Reliability Link Pipeline - July 2017

Comments on the Draft Water Supply Plan - July 2017

Call to continue moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin - March 2017

LWVNJ condemns Pinelands Commission Pipeline Decision - March 2017

Oppositition to Pipeline Transvering Pinelands - January 2017

Letter Regarding Hydrofracking, the Delaware River, and Drinking Water - January 2017

Opposition to Land Diversion in Braddock Park - January 2017

Comments to Senator Smith Regarding DEP Flood Hazard Rules - April 2016


Past Actions

Comment: Liberty Natural Gas Port Ambrose Deepwater Port License Application Enviornmental Impact Statement - August 2013

Letter: Vote No on A3680/S2583, the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, in its current form -August 2013

Comments concerning Capacity Analysis Plan (CAP): December 2015

Comments concerning proposed changes to the Water Quality Management Planning Rules (WQMP): December 2015

Letter to the Editor Advocating for Yes Vote/Floor Posting ACR249: December 2015

Comments on the 2015 Energy Master Plan: December 2, 2015

Letter to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to oppose pipeline through the Pine Barrens - October 10, 2015

League of Women Voters of the United States and 37 state League of Women Voters Public Comment to EPA and Science Advisory Board on the Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources - October 2015

Comments on Elcon Site Permit - October 14, 2015

Testimony in Opposition to S2534 (fracking waste legislation)- September 21, 2015

Testimony given at the Energy Master Plan hearing - August 17, 2015

Comment on Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources - August 27, 2015

Green Acres Purchase of Split Rock Reservoir Properties - June 7, 2015

League comment to DRBC: Hearings on PennEast Pipeline - June 9, 2015

Rahway Arch Project

Letter to Governor Christie expressing concern about Rahway Arch project

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey supports NJ's participation the Regional Greenhouse Gas Iniative.

LWVNJ Testimony in Support of S1322- Senate Environment and Energy Committee

LWVNJ Testimony in Support of A1998 - Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

LWVNJ Remarks at Westfield Rally in Support of RGGI

"Residents, experts say bring back RGGI" - Westfield Patch

"Westfield rally held in support of RGGI" - Independent Press

Hydraulic Fracturing

Petition to Ban the Treatment, Disposal, Processing or Discharge of Fracking Waste in NJ

Letter to the Delaware River Basin Commissionrequesting that they do not act on applications presented as part of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company's Northeast Upgrade Project

Letter to Governor Christie in support of banning fracking waste

Hydraulic Fracturing - LWVNJ Report

Letter to the League of Women Voters of the United States asking to proritize the "FRAC ACT"

Letter to Governor Christie on hydrofracking

Letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission Expressing Concerns Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing

Environmental Alphabet Soup

A Series of Reports Prepared by LWVNJ Natural Resources Committee

An environmental alphabet soup with three major ingredients is simmering on New Jersey's menu of future options, and all three components carry the potential for disastrous effects on the environment.

The Big Three are:

  • Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing), a technique for extracting gas from the earth by injecting a mixture of water and chemicals.
  • LNG (liquefied natural gas), which would be brought to our shores and distributed throughout the region by underground pipelines.
  • PurGen One, a proposed electricity generating facility and manufacturing plant which would run on gasified coal, with the resulting carbon dioxide being piped out to the ocean and buried under the seabed.

The Natural Resources Committee, which has been following developments on all three, is preparing reports aimed at informing League members. The reports will be appear below as they become available.

PurGen: A Coal Plant in Linden

Hydraulic Fracturing

Liquefied Natural Gas

Additional Environmental Information

Letter in Opposition to the Proposed Distribution System Improvement Charge for Water and Wastewater Utilities

The Heat is On: Climate Change and Emerging Policies (LWVUS)

LWVUS Natural Resources Information

Other Natural Resources Positions

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has positions concerning planning for growth: land use decision making, water resources, and transportation corridors, as well as positions concerning radioactive waste and solid waste management.

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