SANDY HOOK, NJ - Lawyers from Clean Ocean Action worked with attorneys from the Eastern Environmental Law Center, who filed a motion on behalf the Sierra Club NJ, New Jersey Environmental Federation, Food and Water Watch, Clean Ocean Action and the Raritan River Keeper in asking to be named as formal intervener as Liberty Natural Gas proceeds with their application to build both a pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas facility through the communities and off the shore of New Jersey. The pipeline is slated to run through the hearts of Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, Carteret and Linden.
“We are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to acknowledge us as formal stakeholders in this application process so that our coalition members, some of whom are lifelong residents of the affected towns, will have a voice in this decision” said Sean Dixon, Costal Policy Attorney for Clean Ocean Action. “If given this designation by FERC, we can ensure that the concerns of the citizens are recognized and the will of the communities does not go unheard.”
The state of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection also filed to be acknowledged as an intervening party to the application.
“This pipeline is not needed, it hurts the environment, undermines renewable energy and puts people at risk,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of NJ Sierra Club. “The project undermines New Jersey’s efforts towards green jobs, and renewable energy.”
David Pringle, from the New Jersey Environmental Federation conclude that “WE are intervening as is the State of New Jersey because this pipeline, in the best case, would be a wasteful ‘bridge to nowhere’ and in the worst case, would damage our drinking water, aggravate climate change, increase our reliance on fossil fuel and foreign energy, damage ocean habitat, and tear up our communities. FERC should reject this application expeditiously and give LNG the certainty it’s already gotten, but refused to accept, with the Governor’s veto.”
FERC, the Federal body charged with permitting the Liberty project, will have up to thirty days to render a decision on individual intervener status applications.
Concerned community member can review the application and track the progress by visiting the FERC website at http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/docket_search.asp and searching the docket number CP11-10.
Additional information regarding upcoming hearings, project concerns and impacts to the community can be found at www.cleanoceanaction.org