RED BANK, NJ – As a critical deadline looms on the 3-year battle to stop the massive fracked natural gas project, Williams Transco Northeast Enhancement Supply (NESE), citizens are urged to attend a rally on the Navesink River to tell the Governor that the pending permits must be denied. 

The NJDEP is obligated to make a final decision on the offshore pipeline section of the project by September 25, 2019, which put’s the Murphy Administration’s green energy agenda to the test. 

Groups will urge that the decision be permanent, with no allowance to reapply.

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When: Saturday, September 14, 10:30am

Where: Marine Park by the Pier, Red Bank, NJ

What: Press conference and rally on the water and land urging Governor Murphy to deny the proposed Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) once and for all

Who: Concerned citizens and environmental, business and fishing groups, including: Central Jersey Environmental Defenders, Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition, Clean Ocean Action, Environment New Jersey, Food and Water Watch, Indivisible Bayshore, J.T. White Clammers, Canyon Pass,  League of Women Voters of New Jersey, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, ReThink Energy NJ, The Watershed Institute, and Waterspirit

Why: Environmentalists, citizens and businesses are calling on Governor Murphy and the NJDEP to permanently deny the Williams NESE Project before the September 25th deadline.

Background: NESE is an unnecessary, dirty, and environmentally destructive project designed to bring fracked natural/methane gas from Pennsylvania to New York City. To do so, Williams and their subsidiary Transco have sought permits to build both a massive new compressor station in Franklin Township and a 23.4-mile offshore pipeline through the Raritan Bay.  The compressor station is being built next to an active quarry where blasting regularly occurs.  Reports indicate that the compressor station will emit millions of tons of harmful pollutants annually into the air we breathe.  

Permits for these facilities are being evaluated separately by the NJDEP and a decision is expected in the fall. The nearly 24-mile pipeline, called the Raritan Loop, will rip Raritan Bay in half and continue all the way to the ocean spewing nearly a million tons of toxin muck and drilling mud into the waterways in which we swim and fish. 

If approved, NESE will also rollback over 35 years of environmental progress for our waterways. 

Immediately following the rally will be the celebration of the 44th Annual Clearwater Festival.

To read a TAPinto article on the Clearwater Festival, click HERE.

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