The proposal for a $5 billion experimental coal and chemical plant, called PurGen, was recently shut down at a Linden City town council meeting. We'd like to thank our members and the coalition of organizations who have come together to stop PurGen from being constructed, as well as the council members who voted no on the proposal: Council President Bunk and Council Members Kolibas, Koziol, Davis, Sadowski, Yamakaitis, Puschel. In addition, we'd like to thank gubernatorial candidates Chris Christie and Chris Daggett for publicly opposing the proposed PurGen plant. Governor Corzine still remains silent on this issue.
While we applaud the town council vote as a win for public health, the environment, and renewable energy, we know that the fight is not over. Although the memorandum was voted down, it is very likely that the proposal has not been completely shelved. That's why we need the public to keep the pressure on the Linden Mayor/City Council and Governor Corzine to ensure only truly sustainable energy development takes place in New Jersey.
Please take a moment to write a letter to Linden officials and Governor Corzine. Please thank the council members who voted no and ask that the Mayor and Council oppose the PurGen plant. Ask Governor Corzine why he has remained silent on this issue and urge him to publicly oppose the plant. .
What is PurGen?
The PurGen coal plant is the first and the largest of its kind in the world - making the people of Linden and surrounding towns, subjects in a big experiment. The company, SCS, plans to process the coal in Linden and then send a trillion pounds of pressurized, liquid carbon dioxide waste via a 100-mile pipeline through the Raritan Bay and out into the seabed off Atlantic City. They say it will stay their forever. In addition, the plant will also produce chemical fertilizer.
Why Oppose PurGen:
Organizations opposed to PurGen include:
Get more information about the latest efforts to stop the PurGen power plant.