We need your help to protect the people and environment of
the Pinelands! On Friday, June 8th, the Pinelands Commission will be
voting to eliminate the rights of members of the public to an evidentiary
hearing on permits meaning they can grant permits without public input. This
takes away the right of the public to have a say in what happens in our
backyard and can lead to more dangerous development, including pipelines, in the
Pines. This dangerous rule was rejected previously by the Commission and now it’s
Commission meeting is Friday, June 8th at 9:30 am in New Lisbon, and
we need people to show up and speak out against this rule, telling the
Commissioners to reject it!
If you cannot attend
the meeting, send a letter to Governor Murphy, telling him
he must not let the Pinelands Commission vote to take away the public’s right
to a hearing on permits approved within the Pines! Even if the Commission
does vote to pull down this rule, Governor Murphy still can stop it by vetoing
the meeting minutes! That’s why we need you to tell the Governor’s office NOT
to allow this to go through and to preserve the right of the people to speak up
in protecting the Pinelands that belong to all of us!
This new rule would make it easier for the Commission to
allow pipelines and other development through the Pinelands without the public
having a real say. The rule itself is also being pushed through without
hearings or due process. The Pinelands is the largest open space on the eastern
seaboard and recognized for its biodiversity by the United Nations. It is also
the country’s first National Reserve and holds 17 trillion gallons of water in
The right of public participation has been recognized by the
Commission since Day one and revoking it is a blatant attack on the environment
and people of the Pines. People have the right to participate in decisions that
have a direct impact on their lives and property. Tell Governor Murphy to uphold his promise to protect
New Jersey’s Pinelands by stopping this vote that would strip the rights of the
people to have a say in what is built in and near their own property and in the
Thanks for all you do!
NJ Sierra Club
Protect the Pinelands and Public Rights: Stop Commission Rule!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to stop the Pinelands Commission from taking away the rights of the public and the people who live in the Pines. Please help us stop yet another assault on the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) by blocking the Pinelands Commission from voting on a rule to take away the public's rights to evidentiary hearings on permits before the Commission. This action is improper procedurally because there has not been a rulemaking process on which to base the vote. The Pines belong to all of us and we should all have the right to testify about what development might go there.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]