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Action Alert: Friday 7/26 — Attend a Public Hearing to Keep Pipelines Out of The Pine Barrens!

July 25, 2013



COME Friday morning, July 26th 2013 at 9:30am to a public hearing with the New Jersey Pinelands Commissioners.

WHERE: Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon, NJ  08064

DETAILS : South Jersey Gas is proposing to put a natural gas pipeline through a portion of the Pinelands Forest Management Area where such infrastructure is not permitted by Pinelands regulations. On Friday, July 26th at 9:30 a.m. a subcommittee of Pinelands Commissioners and staff will discuss the specifics of the application. This is a great time for the public to attend and give input, because it is relatively early in the process.


To learn more about The New Jersey Pinelands Commission and find some good talking points for the hearing tomorrow, read on…

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission:

The mission statement of The New Jersey Pinelands Commission pledges to “… Preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve,” (NJ Pinelands Commission) Pine-Barrens-Map

This mission statement on their website is followed by the history and celebration of the Pinelands wilderness area (see below and note their particular emphasis on the cleanliness of the water).

With language such as this, it’s ridiculous to imagine the commission allowing a pipeline into this protected area,

Clearly, we must hold them to their mission.

Truly a Special Place

The New Jersey Pinelands is truly a special place. Its vast unbroken forests of pine, oak and cedar make the Pinelands the largest tract of open space on the mid-Atlantic coast, yet it is found in the most urbanized state in the nation.

Here a visitor can search shady cedar swamps for the rare curly grass fern or hike through a forest of “pygmy” pines no taller than a man. Slow moving streams fed by a huge underground aquifer system supply the marshes and bays of southern New Jersey with some of the cleanest water in the world.

In 1978 and 1979 Congress and the State of New Jersey passed legislation to protect the Pinelands and its unique natural and cultural resources.

The Pinelands is now our country’s first National Reserve. In 1983, the Pinelands was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This designation means, simply, that the Pinelands is an example of the world’s major ecosystem types. It’s really quite a place, and it’s right here in New Jersey!

Today, the Pinelands is protected and its future development guided by the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. The plan is administered by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission in cooperation with units of local, state and federal governments. – New Jersey Pinelands Commission

Come to the hearing 07/26/2013 at 9:30 am to tell the commission that allowing a pipeline through the Pinelands Forest would not be in accordance with their mission to preserve, protect and enhance this truly special place.


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