Environment

New law creates $45M electric school bus program

BY: - August 4, 2022

State officials say electrifying New Jersey's school buses — a big source of pollution — will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In fight against invasive plants, strike team stepped up when New Jersey wouldn’t

BY: - August 3, 2022

After New Jersey officials failed to implement plans to fight invasive plants, an independent strike team took on the job.

Plan to widen portion of the New Jersey Turnpike draws heavy opposition

BY: - July 28, 2022

The proposed $4.7 billion project would reconstruct and widen the 8.1-mile section of the Turnpike from exit 14 to the Holland Tunnel entrance in Jersey City

In fight against commercialization, park preservationists champion a beach for the birds

BY: - July 26, 2022

Caven Point, a nesting habitat for migratory birds, has become a flashpoint in the fight against opening up Liberty State Park to commercialization.

5 big questions about the new Biden plan for offshore oil and gas leases

BY: - July 8, 2022

Just before the July 4 holiday, the federal agency that manages offshore energy development proposed a five-year plan for as many as 11 and as few as zero new oil and gas sites in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast. The proposal would clear the way for up to 10 new oil and […]

Amazon/Newark airport deal falls through, and activists are celebrating

BY: - July 7, 2022

A deal between Amazon and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a massive freight air hub at Newark Liberty International Airport has fallen through, after nearly a year of opposition from grassroots activists and lawmakers.  It’s unclear why the controversial $432 million project — which would have revamped two buildings at […]

Environmentalists fear Supreme Court’s greenhouse gas ruling will be ‘deadly’

BY: - July 2, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court curbed the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, N.J. environmentalists called on state lawmakers to act.

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

BY: - June 30, 2022

The opinion is a victory for the GOP-led states that undertook the challenge and limits President Biden’s ability to pursue his climate goals

Lawmakers pass Liberty State Park redevelopment bill

BY: - June 29, 2022

Critics of the bill unsuccessfully fought for a ban on large-scale development and protection for a bird nesting area.

Bill to open Liberty State Park to development speeds toward final vote

BY: - June 23, 2022

Some park users want more active recreation at Liberty State Park, but environmentalists object to plans for large-scale development.

Illegal campfire started N.J.’s largest wildfire in 15 years, fire official says

BY: - June 21, 2022

State environmental officials expect a wildfire in Wharton State Forest in the Pinelands will eventually burn 15,000 acres.

Bill advances that would allow commercial development at Liberty State Park

BY: - June 16, 2022

A state Senate panel unanimously advanced a $250 million plan Thursday to open Liberty State Park to commercial development, despite opposition from preservationists who have spent years fighting efforts to privatize New Jersey’s most popular state park. More than 100 people packed a public hearing held by the Senate’s environment committee in Trenton on a bill Sen. […]