ROSELAND, NJ — The Roseland Against the Compressor Station (RACS) coalition recently held its first visibility vigil along Eagle Rock Avenue on Monday after being suspended two months ago due to the pandemic. These demonstrations will continue monthy with social-distancing guidelines in place until further notice.
Ted Glick, RACS coalition coordinator, explained that this is being done because of the step-by-step reopening of social and economic activity in New Jersey.
“The parks were opened because the number of new COVID-19 cases has gone down by close to 50 percent compared to a couple of weeks ago, and new hospitalizations have gone from about 8,500 per day at the peak to less than 5,000 per day now,” he said. “We will let people know through our vigil that we continue to work against the polluting compressor and for a future when no gas goes through it because we’ve changed as a society from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar.”
Participants all vigils are asked to wear a facemask until further notice, and social distancing will be strictly followed, with people being spread at least 10 feet apart.
The Caldwell Environmental Commission and the Township of Bloomfield have recently passed resolutions similar to the one passed by the Roseland Borough Council in December, calling upon the governor to mandate an independent safety study.
This was called for after the PSE&G fireball explosion at Eagle Rock Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway in November. The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is also considering a resolution, and RACS members are working to get a number of other government bodies in New Jersey to do so as well.
Visit the RACS Coalition Facebook Page to learn about future events.