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Vote to Override Fracking Ban Veto

On January 9 there will be a chance to override the Governor’s veto of New Jersey’s fracking ban, but we need your help to do it.  If the legislators in both houses, who originally supported the ban, vote to override the veto, it will pass with a significant majority.

Please contact Senator Sweeney’s office the first week in January, and ask Senator Sweeney to hold a vote to override the Governor’s veto of the fracking ban.  See http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ for contact information.

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Sussex Co: Join us in protecting our parklands

This month the National Park Service will be accepting public input regarding the Susquehanna to Roseland 500 kV Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit.  The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Fellowship of Sussex County (Newton) has been opposing this expansion proposal for the past two years because of the harm it will do to the environment of northwest New Jersey and to our treasured parklands.

We’ve provided information the UULMNJ’s Environment Task Force, asking other New Jersey UUs to ...

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National Park Service seeking input on Susquehanna-Roseland 500 kV power lines

The following information is being forwarded from the UULMNJ Environmental Justice Task Force. It has particular implications for our northern New Jersey congregations.  Comments are being accepted until Jan. 31st.

This month the National Park Service will be accepting public input regarding the Susquehanna to Roseland 500 kV Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit.  The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Fellowship of Sussex County (Newton) has been opposing this expansion proposal for the past two years because of the harm ...

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Support the DEP Waiver Resolution

UULMNJ’s Environment Task Force is working with the New Jersey Enviornmental Federation to keep regulations protecting our environment in place.

In March, the New Jersey Department of Enviornmental Protection proposed establishing procedures for the waiver of department rules that would allow companies to circumvent over 100 guidelines that protect our water, air and land.

Senators Barbara Buono and Robert Gordon introduced a Senate resolution (SCR239), and Assemblypersons Peter Barnes, Reed Gusciora, and John McKeon introduced the same resolution (ACR206) in the ...

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Environmental Justice Council Starting in Metro NY District

From the NY Metro District:

The Metro NY District is starting our our Environmental Justice Council. The primary purpose of this Council is to educate UU leaders in global, regional, and local environmental justice issues. By gathering and training members of each congregation, we hope to concentrate our efforts at community organizing and begin to impact the critical issues of our day.

Environmental Justice identifies ecological issues as they relate to questions of race and class. To address these issues adequately, our District’s ...

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No Fracking Rally – Nov. 21

Late breaking news: The Delaware River Basin Commission’s November 21, 2011 vote has been cancelled.  The vote was to seek approval of regulations that would have allowed shale gas drilling (fracking) in the Delaware River Basin.  The cancellation is the second time the vote has been put off.  This time it is believed to be in response to an announcement by the Governor of Delaware that he would vote against the regulatory/drilling proposal.  There will still be a rally in ...

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Environment: Priority Issues – Fall 2011

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was selected as the task force’s primary focus at Issues Workshop on October 29, 2011.  By Executive Order, Gov. Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI, a 10-state initiative to reduce greenhouse gasses through cap-and-trade. To override this Executive Order, the Legislature needs a simple majority in both houses.  See http://rggi.org for more info on RGGI.

Other possible focus issues included:

  • Fracking. There is a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (a federal commission) ...
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Monmouth County – Climate Change Action

Members of the UU Congregation of Monmouth County recently participated in writing more than 80 letters to climate negotiators, legislators, and regulators demanding action against human-caused global warming and climate change. A specific energy-saving program of carpooling to the Meetinghouse was also initiated. These activities were organized as part of the nationwide appeal by Bill McKibben and website 350.org.

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Environment

Rev. Craig Hirshberg, Rohn Hein, Sally Gellert, and Daphne Speck-Bartynski met with the NJ Environmental Federation Executive Director, Amy Goldsmith on August 29 to discuss areas of mutual interest.  It was agreed to take back to the Task force the idea of working with the Federation to:

  • Override the Executive Action of Governor Chris Christie to withdraw NJ from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first market-based program to reduce global warming pollution.
  • Override the Executive Action of Department of ...
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