Connect the Dots: Grassroots Groups To Unite for Lobby Day & Rally Against Fracking Waste & Clean Energy Raids
Groups Call for Passage of Fracking Waste Ban & End to Clean Energy Funding Raids
What: A broad collection of activists from across New Jersey from faith, environmental, labor, health and citizen advocates as well as legislative champions are converging on the State House to tell legislators to stop the head-long rush to double down on dirty natural gas and cut off New Jersey’s clean energy economy. From fracking wastewater to new proposed gas power plants to pipelines slated to go through the Highlands, the activists will call on legislators to ban fracking waste in New Jersey, support solar legislation and stand up to the Governor’s clean energy funding raid.
The day will culminate with both a 12 p.m. rally on the steps of the State House (speaker list below) and then with a packed hearing of the Assembly Environment Committee at 2 p.m. in the State House annex, which will hear legislation to ban the processing of fracking waste in New Jersey.
The legislative leaders will be introduced by environmental leaders from across the state, including leaders from Food and Water Watch, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Sierra Club and the NJ Environmental Federation.
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12 p.m.
Where: Trenton State House Steps
Who: Asw. Grace Spencer (D-Newark), Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee
Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway), Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
Asw. Connie Wagner, (D-Paramus), Wastewater Ban Bill Sponsor
Asm. John McKeon, (D-West Orange), Environmental Champion
Asm. Tim Eustace (D-Maywood),
Jersey City Mayor Jerremiah Healy (Invited): Jersey City Gas Pipeline.
Craig and Julie Sautner, Dimock, PA residents who are personally impacted by fracking
Jerome Wagner, North Jersey Chapter of the Franciscan Response to Fracking: TGP Pipeline
Pam Frank, Sun Farm Network: Clean Energy Funding
Jean Marie-Donohue, Water-Spirit: Proposed Off-Shore Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
Cynthia Mellon, Ironbound Community Co.: Proposed Hess Newark Gas Plant
Scott Needham, Efficiency First: Energy Efficiency Funding
Penelope Jagessar Cheffer, Childrens’ Environmental Health Advocate
Bill Holland, Working Families Alliance
Amanda Nesheiwat, NJ Sustainable Collegiate Partners: Student Organizer