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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Big Oil, Beware the Ides of March: Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore

Atlantic Coast communities won a major victory today, when the Obama Administration abandoned its plans to open the Atlantic seaboard to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Announced last January, the initial plan put beaches at risk from Florida to New Jersey, endangered marine life and would worsen our climate crisis.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Stuck at the Station

Public transit is more than just getting from Point A to Point B – it’s the future engine of success for our state, with the potential to create a stronger economy, cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low- and moderate-income residents. Yet despite transit’s clear benefit to New Jersey, the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world-class public transit system that is reliable and affordable.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey’s Straphangers, Economy & Environment

The New Jersey For Transit coalition released a new report, Stuck at the Station, to discuss the devastating consequences of 15 years of declining investment in New Jersey’s public transit system and call for a course correction. Since 2002, New Jersey’s annual capital investment in maintaining, repairing and expanding its core public transit assets has dropped by an inflation-adjusted 19 percent, even as ridership has grown by 20 percent.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules

An array of citizens, state and local environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for promulgated regulations on coastal development –the first since Hurricane Sandy – that were finalized last summer. Environment New Jersey, Save Barnegat Bay and residents from Eagleswood along the Barnegat Bay filed a notice of appeal with the state Superior Court to challenge the NJDEP’s omnibus coastal regulations, which amended coastal permit program rules and the Coastal Zone Management Rules. The NJDEP overhaul received vociferous public opposition.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer

Today, New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov. Christie’s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman's willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands, including efforts to block a 22-mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve. The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen.

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