The Highlands are under attack by proposed power plants,
development, and even some of its own Council members. Governor Murphy has the opportunity
to protect the Highlands by making new appointments to the Council. 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 region. Governor Christie
stacked the Highlands Council with pro-development cronies so he could push
through dangerous projects. When running
for Governor, Murphy committed to appoint
new members to the Highlands Council 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!
One of the most important reasons we need to have new members
on the Highlands Council is to protect this environmentally-sensitive area from
over-development. Right now, there is a proposed power plant on the Musconetcong
River. The DEP has granted Phoenix Energy Center LLC approval for a
redevelopment exemption from the Highlands Rules for their proposed 663 MW
power plant. This power plant would be a dagger into the heart of the
Highlands. It would threaten drinking water in the entire Delaware Watershed with
pollution. We need Highlands Councilmembers who stand up against power plants
and other threats to the Highlands region!
He’s been Governor for almost nine months and is still
letting Christie’s appointments try to weaken Highlands appointments. While the
new Chair of the Highlands Council is a good choice, other members including
the Vice Chair are still pushing for more development and changing the Highlands
RMP. This would make it easier to change the Master Plan to push through bad
development projects in the Highlands without public oversight or
participation. We need everyone to ask
Governor Murphy to make appoints to the Council who will vote against these
dangerous projects and instead act to protect our natural resources!
Thanks for all you do!
NJ Sierra Club
Protect Highlands with New Appointments to the Council!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge you to uphold your commitment to make appointments to the Highlands Council. 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 Highlands and communities who get their drinking water from the region by voting to protect the region.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]