Progress stalled on N.J. wind-farm projects

Although the federal government recently auctioned nearly 350,000 acres of ocean floor off the New Jersey coast to wind farm developers, it will be years before any turbines rise on the horizon. The two companies that won the auction rights – US Wind Inc.

Another Natural-Gas Pipeline for New Jersey, Courtesy of State BPU

The state yesterday cleared the way for another natural-gas pipeline to be built in southern New Jersey, the second one given a green light in little over a month by utility regulators. Like the previous pipeline approved in December, the 30-mile project by New Jersey Natural Gas would cross a portion of the Pinelands.

The surprising way that climate change could worsen East Coast blizzards

As the East Coast digs out from the enormous snowfalls of Winter Storm Jonas, a prominent climate scientist has drawn a connection between the storm, warm ocean temperatures off the U.S. and a slowdown of ocean circulation in the North Atlantic that may also be behind a much discussed cold ‘blob ‘ to the southeast of Greenland.

Lame-duck energy, enviro bills signed, vetoed by Christie

For many lobbyists, consultants, association execs, unions and bill sponsors, too, the wait is over. Gov. Christie this afternoon released a much-anticipated list of bills that he has signed and vetoed from the last session.[ Will Gov. Christie sign or pocket-veto energy, enviro bills?

Another Natural-Gas Power Plant for New Jersey, Courtesy of Genesis Power

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New Jersey may be getting another natural-gas-fired power plant thanks to a project that would be built in Hillsborough Township, if it can obtain the necessary approvals. The $1 billion project would be big enough to supply power to 700,000 homes during summer months, according to a on the proposed facility, the Amwell Energy Center.

Pinelands road plan still in the works

PEMBERTON TWP. – The state has not set a deadline for revising its plan to close more than half of the preserved Pinelands roads and trails in Wharton State Forest in order to protect environmentally sensitive land and for the public safety of first responders and park users.

2016 could be the year of the veto override

Tweet Share on Facebook Print After dozens of unsuccessful override attempts by Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie’s perfect veto record remained intact when the last legislative session expired Tuesday. But 2016 may well be the year the Democrat-led Legislature finally punctures that record. Assembly Democrats on Tuesday added four new members to their majority.

State Assembly Puts NJDEP’s Controversial Water-Quality Proposal on Ice

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Exercising seldom-used oversight, legislators yesterday voted to block a controversial new rule proposal that critics say will undermine water-quality protections and increase flooding in the state. By a 45-28-2 vote largely along partisan lines, the Assembly gave final approval to a resolution (), saying that the massive rule revision proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection last June is inconsistent with legislative intent of current laws.