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Battle Against Logging NJ Highlands Picks Up Powerful Ally

Tom Johnson | February 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment

Sen. Lesniak moves to keep chainsaws, earthmovers, and wood chippers out of forested preserve, source of drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans

After Public Protest, Pinelands Gas Line Approval Heading for Court

Kirk Moore | February 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Will contested pipeline primarily serve the Pinelands, or will it carry enough natural gas to sell into other areas?
PSEG Still Looking for Subsidies to Help Keep Nuclear Fleet Afloat
Tom Johnson | February 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
'This needs to be fixed or the plants will close,' according to Ralph Izzo, head of PSEG
DEP Weighs More Access to Pinelands Trails for Enduro Motorcyclists
Jon Hurdle | February 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some environmentalists argue that motorcycles should be banned outright from the preserve
BPU to Invest $8M to Enhance Energy Efficiency at Two State Buildings
Tom Johnson | February 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hughes Justice Complex, New Jersey DEP — both in Trenton — to get makeover to increase energy conservation, save on electric and gas bills
Pinelands Pipeline Project Up for Approval on Friday — After 6 Years
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
It’s down to the wire for much-contested pipeline as opponents continue to lobby against what they see as unneeded project
Three Strikes Against NJ ‘Greens’: Trump, Congress, New EPA Chief
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Do Garden State environmentalists have any leverage against this triple threat?
Grid Operator Approves More Than $1.5B in Projects, Mostly for PSE&G
Tom Johnson | February 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Heavy investment in transmission infrastructure addresses reliability issues linked to outdated equipment
Natural Gas, the Other Alternative Fuel for Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New group hopes to stake claim to big-truck and bus markets, while electric vehicles make inroads into consumer and light-truck sector
On the Water Front: Finding the Leaks, Getting the Lead Out
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s aging infrastructure can waste up to 30 percent of drinking water before it’s even delivered to customers
Murphy Gets Green Thumbs-Up from NJ Conservation Voters
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Phil Murphy, Democratic hopeful for his party’s gubernatorial slot
Pennsylvania DEP Awards Critical Water Permit to PennEast
StateImpact Pennsylvania | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PennEast argues that Pennsylvania’s approval shows pipeline can be built with minimal environmental impact, a hot button with New Jersey activists
Consumer Electric Bills Headed South for Slight Dip in Monthly Charges
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Cheaper natural gas, more efficient power plants, expanded power grid play part in reduced charges for residential customers
Making Sense of New Jersey’s Solar Stumble — and Job Loss
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Spotlight energy writer Tom Johnson discusses the state of the solar market with WNYC News host David Furst
Farmland Preservation Could Be in the Green Again, if Funding Clears
Tom Johnson | February 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appropriation from corporate business taxes would be first since voters passed constitutional amendment in 2014
NJ’s Solar Stumble: Sector Sheds 1,000 Jobs in Past Year
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
While rest of country showed strong 25 percent growth in solar jobs, New Jersey’s solar employment fell by 14 percent
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Steps Up Oversight of Hope Creek
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency determines that plant’s safety-related coolant system was out of service for more than two weeks
JCP&L Monmouth County Power Line Remains Hot Button for Residents
Tom Johnson | February 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Customers, local officials, lawmakers argue to scrap project before it can move ahead
Fine Print: Using Water Audits to Curb Losses in Drinking Supplies
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In a state where up to 30 percent of treated water is lost before it reaches the tap, water audits can be a critical tool
Ospreys Flocking Back to their New Jersey Nests
Tom Johnson | February 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Banning DDT, cleaning up water both credited with population recovery that brings total of active nests to more than 500
State Supreme Court Extends Liabilities for Environmental Damages
Tom Johnson | February 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Top court rules that insurers remain liable for cleaning up pollution even if original policy has been reassigned due to corporate mergers or restructuring
BPU Power Auction: Will Low Natural-Gas Prices Hold Down Electricity Rates?
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Most customers have seen prices dip slightly or stay mostly steady over past few years. Will trend continue?
Legislators Hold Water-Quality Bill But Rap DEP for Delays Setting Standards
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Panel disappoints environmentalists looking for way to push agency to establish limits for 16 contaminants
Delaware Basin Program Measures Progress Protecting Water Supplies
Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Initiative counts more than 40 conservation groups as members, targeted thus far on improving local conditions in creeks and streams
New Area Code in the Cards for South Jersey
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Projections indicate that all phone numbers within the 609 area code will be assigned by third quarter of 2018
Does State’s Solution to Lead-Contaminated Schools End with Bottled Water?
Tom Johnson | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Testing for lead in school drinking water is just the beginning, but is money available for remediation?
Delaware Estuary Scientists Worried About Possible Trump Effect
Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Scientists at regional summit clearly unnerved by Trump administration’s announcements on climate change, fossil fuels, and the EPA
New Coalition Melds Labor, Faith, and ‘Green’ Groups to Fight Global Warming
Tom Johnson | January 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Powerful union members with deep pockets like NJEA and SEIU could help Jersey Renews achieve its ambitious environmental agenda
Trump’s EPA Freeze: Start of Ice Age for NJ Environmental Efforts?
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Freezing grants from federal agency will adversely affect a state with 118 Superfund toxic waste sites
Pinelands Commission Pushes on with South Jersey Natural-Gas Line
Kirk Moore | January 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Heavily attended hearing on controversial pipeline brings out advocates, opponents — and some familiar arguments
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