The Pinelands are under attack by
pipelines, development, and even some of its own Commissioners. Governor Murphy
has the opportunity to protect the Pines by making new appointments to the Commission.
We need you everyone to tell him that it’s critical he makes new appointments
to this important governing body that is meant to protect the Pines. Governor Christie
stacked the Pinelands Commission with pro-development cronies so he could push
through dangerous projects including pipelines. When running for Governor, Murphy committed to appoint new Commissioners to the Pinelands Commission who will work
to protect the people and environment of New Jersey! That’s why we’re asking you
to write to Governor Murphy and remind him of his commitment!
Governor Christie had stacked the Commission with pro-fossil
fuel advocates who approved these projects against the will of the people in
the Pines and across New Jersey. South Jersey Gas (SJG) and New Jersey Natural
Gas (NJNG) are both trying to push through gas pipelines by getting around the
Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). Current Executive Director of the
Commission Wittenberg has exceeded her authority to approve these dangerous
pipelines against the wishes of the people and the protections of the
Pinelands. We need Murphy to appoint Commissioners who will vote to protect the
Pines from hazardous infrastructure such as these.
The most recent sell-out by the Pinelands Commission was for
the DEP’s plan to clear-cut 16 acres of forest. The Commission didn’t have
enough votes to approve the plan but also didn’t have enough votes to deny it,
meaning it now goes to the courts. Their reasoning is to clear a view from the
fire tower. However, there is plenty of technology to allow a better view that
doesn’t include cutting down the very forest they’re trying to protect from
fires in the first place.
One of the most important reasons we need to have new members
on the Pinelands Commission is to protect this environmentally-sensitive areas
from fossil fuel infrastructure. Right now, New Jersey is being threatened with
dozens of gas and oil pipelines. We need
everyone to ask Governor Murphy to make appoints to the Council and he
Commission who will vote against these dangerous projects and instead act to
protect our natural resources!
Thanks for all you do!
NJ Sierra Club
Protect Pinelands with New Appointments to Commission!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to uphold your commitment to make better appointments to the Pinelands Commission. While Governor, Christie appointed people who work against the interest of New Jersey's environment and communities. We need to replace them with those who will stand up for the Pinelands and vote to protect our drinking water from damaging development and pipelines.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]