SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen has stated on the public record a few times his opposition to the proposed gas compressor station:
In February at a forum Danielsen said the following:
"Your participation in this issue is critical," Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, D-17, said. "I am also concerned that people making profit are not from Franklin people conducting this business are not from Franklin, and the product that is being transported is not even being used by the people of Franklin. I am born and raised in Franklin the youngest of nine children and if it is not Franklin first it should not happen. God bless you all."
Danielsen also spoke to county officials in the past to urge them to intervene:
"I spoke to several of them and asked them to personally and individually register as intervenors," Danielson said to the township council at their April 25 meeting. "Not necessarily to state a position, but to give them the opportunity to raise concerns and questions, and there is a mountain of concerns and questions that need to be resolved. So thank you for being the leaders of the pack, and may I also say when both counties, said they were going to do it [intervene] they said they were going to join Franklin and then they listed everybody else. So they recognized that Franklin was a leader and took a position early on, and I am proud to be with you."
The rain is not keeping local environmental advocates away making their voices heard by state officials today.
Brief Video of the rally:
Groups from Franklin Township and surrounding towns are rallying outside a Somerset campaign event and calling on local political leaders to take a stand against a proposed 32,000 horsepower gas compressor station set to be built in Franklin Township, off route 27.
Outside the campaign kickoff event for Senator Bob Smith and Assemblymen Joe Egan and Joe Danielsen, local activists fighting the compressor station and a related pipeline expansion are calling on the Democrats to voice their opposition to the fossil fuel project.
While the Transco Williams project has generated stiff opposition from nearby towns, the three Democratic politicians seeking re-election have not yet committed to opposing this, or other future fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New Jersey.
The rally will also call on the Democrats to support a plan to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.
Editors note: This article will be updated as soon as new information comes in.
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