The most recent Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition (CJSEC) meeting was held on August 15, 2017.  In addition to CJSEC members, representatives from RACS 206, the Franklin Township Task Force and Food and Water Watch attended.

With the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be issued in a few months, CJSEC is considering allying with a few other organizations to employ experts who will comment on particular areas of importance to FERC and the state Environmental Protection agencies re the NESE Project. There will be a limited period for comments once the Draft EIS is issued. Thus, it is of importance to begin preparations now. We will keep you posted with the progress
 
Regarding what individuals can do, we are continuing to encourage you to Intervene.  How to details are on our website.  As stated before, key to stopping the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project and Compressor Station 206 is the review actions of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  As stated in previous newsletter, requesting public hearings by NJDEP is critical.  A letter and "how to" instructions are on our website.  We strongly encourage you to print out, sign and mail this letter.

Stop Compressor Station 206 - Informational Meeting:

Please #SaveTheDate, Food and Water Watch is organizing a public meeting about the Compressor Station in September.

What: Stop the Compressor Station-Public Meeting
Where: South Brunswick High School, 50 Ridge Rd, Monmouth Junction

When: Thursday, September 14th @ 6:30pm
Contact: jromero@fwwatch.org

Spread the Word: https://www.facebook.com/events/139760043285446

Update on Summer Outreach efforts.

The numerous outdoor events that have taken place locally this Spring and Summer have provided us with excellent opportunities for expanding our public outreach efforts.  By “tabling” at these public gatherings, we have been able to:

  • Increase public awareness about the issues related to proposed Compressor Station 206 and the Northeast Supply Enhancement project (NESE) in its entirety.
  •  Distribute literature about the project and what actions individuals and groups can take i n order to oppose it,  and answer questions people have about NESE
  • Enable those interested to submit motions to intervene with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Assist individuals in submitting letters to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) requesting public hearings regarding the air and  water permits that Williams/Transco has applied to that agency for

Events we have “tabled” at include such diverse venues as outdoor concerts, farmers’ markets, township-sponsored recreational events, community day gatherings, Independence Day celebrations, group picnics, and nature walks, to name a few.  The majority of these gatherings have been in South Brunswick and Franklin Township, but we have traveled further afield to Keyport for a forum about the impacts about the proposed Raritan Bay extension which is part of NESE, and to the Sourland Mountains Music Festival which was held in Hillsborough.

Upcoming events include many Community Day celebrations, recreational events,  and various festivals.  To date, we plan to have representatives participating in:

            -  Week of the People Back-to-School Event  Saturday, August 26th from 2:00 pm to  7:00 pm at Naaman Williams Park, 1 Matilda Ave., Somerset

            -  Old Bridge Day, Saturday, September 9th from 12 noon to 5:00 pm at the Old Bridge  Municipal Complex, corner of Rt. 518 and Cottrell Road, Old Bridge

            -  Canal Road Walk and Roll, Sunday, September 17th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at  Canal Road between East Millstone and Butler Roads, Franklin Township

             -  Sayreville Day, Sunday, September 17th, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm, at Kennedy Park

            -  Franklin Day Festival and Art Exhibit, Saturday, September 23rd from 12 noon to  5:00 pm, at Colonial Park, Parking Lot C, Somerset

For more information about these events and to see up-to-the-minute additions to this list, please click on the link below.  If there is information listed in the “Lead Person” column of the spreadsheet, you will know that we have made arrangements to be at that particular event.

Volunteers are always welcome!  Please email Carol Kuehn at carolkuehn@verizon.net, if you wish to sign up to volunteer, or if you have any questions.  Thank you for your interest!

Summer Outreach Venues