Please call Governor Murphy today @ 1-866-586-4069 and urge him to be a climate leader by enacting an immediate moratorium on all fossil fuel projects in New Jersey.

On December 5, 2018, over 100 grassroots leaders representing 57 organizations and dozens of front line communities standing united at our state capital to call on Governor Murphy to enact an immediate moratorium on all fossil fuel development. 

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Our Letter to Governor Murphy:

The Honorable Phil Murphy

Governor of New Jersey

Office of the Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ  08625

 December 5, 2018

We the undersigned groups are forming a campaign to move New Jersey towards a goal of 100% renewable energy and advocating for a complete moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure including pipelines, power plants, compressor stations, LNG ports, and more.

 Climate change is an immediate and real threat to the state. The combination of sea level rise, increased storm events, and other climate impacts put our environment and communities at risk. According to a 2018 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we may have as little as 12 years to reach critical levels in stopping greenhouse gas emissions before the Earth reaches a dangerous temperature. A Rutgers study notes that sea level may rise almost 3 feet by 2100. This is a dire situation and New Jersey must immediately begin working to mitigate climate change.

 We’re forming this coalition to move towards the goals of rapidly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector, and substantially achieving 100% clean renewable energy in New Jersey by 2035 or sooner, which would more than satisfy the Governor’s 2050 target. Fossil fuel infrastructure is a major impediment to reaching those goals.

We also want Governor Murphy to impose a moratorium on all new fossil fuel power plants and to ban fracking, water withdrawals for fracking and frack wastewater in the Delaware River Basin and in the state. There are currently five new power plants and seven major pipelines proposed in New Jersey and potentially more to come and the current Delaware River Watershed fracking moratorium is under attack by industry.

 New pipeline and compressor projects:

  • PennEast Pipeline: 110-mile pipeline that will bring natural gas from the Marcellus Region of Pennsylvania through Hunterdon and Mercer Counties in New Jersey. The pipeline will be cutting through communities, preserved open space, and farmland.

  • Northeast Supply Enhancement: The project would put 3.5 new miles of pipe in Old Bridge and Sayreville and 22 miles under the Raritan Bay. This would attach to a compressor station in Trap Rock Quarry in Franklin Twp.

  • South Jersey Gas pipeline: 22 inch gas pipeline through 22 miles of the Pinelands and Southern New Jersey.

  • Southern Reliability Link : New Jersey Natural Gas’s SRL is a partner with PennEast. It is a 28-mile gas pipeline that will destroy environmentally sensitive land in the Pinelands and threaten communities along the route in Burlington, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties.

  • Garden State Expansion Project: Their proposed Garden State Expansion compressor station would connect into a New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline in Chesterfield.

  • Rivervale South to Market: The Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) is seeking authorization for its Rivervale South to Market project. The project is supposed to provide 190,000 dekatherms per day of capacity to northeastern markets. The project will consist of uprating 10.35 miles of existing Transco pipeline as well as upgrades and modifications to existing pipeline facilities, all in New Jersey. In addition, there is a proposed 0.61 mile loop in wetlands environment of Bergen County.

  • Lambertville East Expansion (Lambertville): Will connect PennEast to Texas Eastern and the Transco compressor station so they can take PennEast gas through their system

  •  New gas-fired power plant projects:

    • Meadowlands Power Plant (North Bergen)- 1200MW

    • Phoenix Energy Center (Holland Twp)- 660MW

    • BL England (Upper Twp)- 450 MW

    • Keasbey Energy Center (Woodbridge)- 725 MW

    • Sewaren 7 (Woodbridge)- 540MW

  • We believe that the NJDEP should immediately move to set standards for greenhouse gasses, CO2 as well as methane, which they’ve had the authority to do since 2005. This includes regulating the Air Pollution Control Act and Title V permits to stop new plants and reduce existing pollution to protect the health of New Jersey’s communities.

  • Governor Murphy must enact the strictest possible interpretation of the “Anti-degradation standard” under the Water Quality Certification Program pursuant to Section 410 of the Federal Clean Water Act by NJDEP for pipelines. NJDEP must also conduct a cost-benefit analysis of moving New Jersey away from the PJM electricity grid, which relies too heavily on dirty fuels.

Please join with us to demand an end to fossil fuels in New Jersey and to move us rapidly towards a 100% renewable future and green economy.



Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains

People Over Pipelines

Central Jersey Environmental Defenders

UU Faith Action NJ

NJ Sierra Club

Clean Water Action

Environment NJ

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Cooper River Indivisible

The Wei

Coalition for Peace Action

Already Devlaued and Devastated Homeowners of Parsippany

Sierra Club, Loantaka Group, NJ Chapter

New Jersey Tenants Organization

Franciscan Response to Fracking

Gloucester County Food and Water Watch

Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Hackensack Riverkeeper


Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE)

Don’t Gas the Pinelands

Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS)

Northjersey Pipeline Walkers

Bergen GreenFaith Circle

Sourland Conservancy

Clean Ocean Action

Sustainable South Jersey

New Jersey PACE / Center for Regenerative Community Solutions, a NJ Nonprofit Corporation

Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline NJ

Don’t Gas the Meadowlands Coalition

Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

Franklin Woman’s Club

Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope

Food & Water Watch


Women’s March on New Jersey

The Climate Mobilization Hoboken Chapter

Central New Jersey Chapter-The Climate Reality Project

Environmental Action Club Morris County Vocational High School


Northern NJ Chapter, National Organization for Women


Raritan Headwaters

Ramapough Lenape Nation

Blue Wave NJ

Ridgewood Jolt

Westfield 2020

North Jersey Sierra Club

NJ Citizen Action

Surfrider Foundation: Jersey Shore Chapter

NJ 7 Forward