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Sussex County – Stop the Waiver

The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Fellowship of Sussex County sent a letter to Senate President Sweeney advocating for the passage of SCR59 to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection waiver rule, saying, “This DEP waiver rule goes well beyond legislative intent and would actually break the law.  The citizens of New Jersey are counting on our lawmakers to protect our clean air and water.”  Three members attended a public hearing in Hardyston Twp. on December 3 and ...

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Override the Veto of the Fracking Waste Ban

OVERRIDE THE VETO!
BAN FRACKING WASTE DUMPING

Waste from drilling and fracking for shale gas has been shown to contain radioactive material and other known carcinogens. In Pennsylvania radioactive fracking wastewater has reportedly been discharged into waterways. To prevent this from happening in New Jersey, we need to act now!

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that facilities Kearny, Carteret, and Elizabeth have been shipped fracking waste.

Governor Christie vetoed the fracking waste ban, which was passed by the Senate ...

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Report Documents Costs of Fracking

Environment New Jersey Research has released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling.  As documented in The Costs of Fracking, fracking creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.   While the report documents a wide range of costs imposed by fracking, Environment New Jersey is particularly concerned about the impact of fracking waste on New Jersey’s waterways.

See www.environmentnewjersey.org for ...

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Fracking Waste Ban Vetoed

On September 21, the governor vetoed legislation that would have banned fracking waste in New Jersey, saying it is unconstitutional.

There will be a press conference on September 24, between 12:30pm and 2:30pm depending on the schedule for the committees that day. It will be in Room 109. I plan to be there.

Stay tuned for details on what you can do to help to override this veto, we’ll be working iwth Food and Water Watch, Environment NJ and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network,  ...

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New Report on the Cost of Fracking

Environment New Jersey Research has released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling.  As documented in The Costs of Fracking, fracking (hydraulic fracturing) creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.   While the report documents a wide range of costs imposed by fracking, Environment New Jersey is particularly concerned about the impact of fracking waste on New Jersey’s waterways.

See www.environmentnewjersey.org for more information ...

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Ban Fracking Waste in New Jersey

Over 200 rallied at the State House in support of the bill to ban fracking waste in NJ on June 14.  Fifteen percent (30 persons) were Unitarian Universalists – including nine UU ministers!   For a relatively small network, we certainly carry a lot of impact.  Reverend Craig Hirshberg, Executive Director of the UULMNJ testified at the Environment Hearing in favor of a bill banning fracking waste in NJ. The bill was passed out of committee.  Here’s where your help is ...

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Anti-Fracking Lobby Day – June 14

UULMNJ supports environmental groups for the

NJ Environmental Lobby Day & Rally in Trenton
Oppose Fracking
Support Clean Energy, Clean Water

Thursday June 14, 2012  –  9:00 AM
New Jersey State House
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625

Register at: http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?key=74212

From our Director, Rev. Craig Hirshberg:

For the Lobbying day on June 14, UULMNJ is asking Unitarian Universalists  to meet with their legislators and/or attend the rally.

We will set up small groups based on legislative districts with a team leader assigned. The ...

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Environmental Justice Council Meeting – April 28

It seems that the date for our next Environmental Justice Council meeting is problematic for a significant number of you.  We’ve heard from more than half of you, and nearly every response was telling us that you have a conflict.  It would seem that there are a few other District-wide events happening at the same time.  I’m glad that we’re all so engaged in the life of our District!    Frances Sink and I have decided to change the date ...

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Environmental Lobby Day – March 15

On March 15th, citizens, civic, faith and environmental advocates will be coming to the State Capitol to meet with local representatives and talk to them in the hallways of the New Jersey State House. We will be urging them to oppose the Governor’s decision to take New Jersey out of the RGGI program and his repeated cuts to funding for the Clean Energy Program – programs we need to solve critical problems like air pollution and global warming.

Later that day ...

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UUME – New Environmental Justice Curriculum

The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth has created a five-session environmental justice curriculum. Called “Our Place in the Web of Life,” the curriculum was developed to help congregations meet the environmental justice requirement of the Green Sanctuary program. It provides an introduction to environmental justice concepts and a process to identify community needs so that a congregation can develop a local justice project. The curriculum, designed by Dr. Mark Hicks of the Meadville Lombard Theological School, also emphasizes racial ...

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