BREAKING: The Murphy administration just denied Williams Transco key permits to build a hotly contested pipeline and gas compressor station in Central New Jersey that could have polluted our air and threatened our clean waterways.
GREAT NEWS! Last night, Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) denied several key permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project, a dirty pipeline and gas compressor station that could have put the health and safety of New Jerseyans at risk.
Thousands of community members, elected officials, and local environmental groups spoke up and worked for years to block NESE, and last night’s victory wouldn’t have been possible without all of those voices speaking out.
The Murphy administration faced tremendous pressure from Williams Transco officials who repeatedly downplayed the project’s threats to our health, air quality, and water supply – and Williams has already vowed to re-apply. Let’s make sure that Governor Murphy and NJDEP hear loud and clear that New Jerseyans applaud their decision to put our families and clean energy future first so that they keep standing with us.
We’ve said time and time again how terrible the NESE project could be for our communities and the environment. The pipeline could seriously pollute the Raritan Bay, and the compressor station alone could emit toxins and cancer-causing chemicals into the air that can travel for miles and settle into the ground where our children play. On top of that, the project would perpetuate our dependence on dirty fossil fuels that threaten our health and climate and prevent us from making progress towards a clean energy future.
Since day one, Governor Murphy has outlined his plans for putting New Jersey on a path to realize 100% clean energy by 2050 and ensuring that New Jersey regains its title as a national leader in addressing the climate crisis. With last night’s action, the governor sent a clear message that New Jersey is strongly committed to ensuring a healthy environment for our families and supporting the good local jobs that will be created as we move toward a clean energy future and economy.
But Williams isn’t giving up. That’s why our immediate next step is to send a clear THANK YOU message to the governor and NJDEP, and tell them when Williams submits its next application, community members will keep fighting this project no matter what.
Thanks for standing with us in the fight for our clean energy future.
Executive Director, New Jersey LCV