Don't Let Exxon Off the Hook!
By David Pringle, New Jersey Campaign Director
New Jersey courts have repeatedly found Exxon and its Linden and Bayonne refineries liable for 100 years of pollution and destruction of 1500 acres of forest, wetland, tideland, meadow, groundwater and waterways.
The company is on the hook for basic clean-up costs and natural resource damages (NRD, additional costs for restoration and the public’s lost use of land, water and other natural resources). However, Exxon has dragged its feet on the clean-up and is still contesting the assessed NRD.
Just before a judge was to rule on how much Exxon would be forced to pay in NRD, the Christie Administration proposed a settlement. Although the state’s own scientific experts documented $8.9 billion in NRD at the two refinery sites, the settlement proposes only $225 million — less than 3 cents on the dollar. Read more
TAKE ACTION! State lawmakers must ensure any settlement funds go to restoration not the General Fund. Learn more and contact them here.
New Jersey Currents
Climate Change, Water, and Jobs
On September 21, Clean Water Action joined more than 400,000 people in New York City for the largest climate march in history, the People’s Climate March. “Climate change is water change,” says Clean Water Action’s New Jersey Director, Amy Goldsmith, “and if we want clean water for our future, we have to take action on climate now.”
When Congress first passed the 1972 Clean Water Act, it was with the understanding that all streams and wetlands can impact the biological, physical and chemical integrity of larger downstream waters. But starting in 2001, polluter-friendly court decisions and the agency actions that followed stripped away longstanding Clean Water Act protections, leaving critical resources vulnerable to pollution and destruction. We’re taking action here - you can too. Read more
New policies to be proposed by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands.
The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a top priority. Read more
Gov. Christie and a majority of state legislators have worked relentlessly to weaken basic environmental protections, dismantle critical clean water, air, energy and open space protections. They have failed to address Superstorm Sandy recovery. New Jersey needs champions in Trenton who will stand up for New Jersey’s environment and point out the many links between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Clean Water Action (formerly the New Jersey Environmental Federation) announces the following 2013 endorsements, based on the candidates’ records and positions. Please VOTE ENVIRONMENT on Tuesday, Nov. 5th!
In August 2014, the California Legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), marking a fundamental shift in the management of water resources in California. For the first time, groundwater in the state will have to be managed to protect the long-term reliability of the resource. SGMA is thus an important step forward, but achieving the objective of sustainability will ultimately depend on the commitment and participation of a large number of actors throughout its implementation.
Alaska wilderness league *American Rivers * Clean Water Action * Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * Environmental Defense Fund * Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club
July 27, 2015 (Download the letter here)
Clean Water Action * Earthjustice * Environment America Friends of the Earth * Greenpeace * League of Conservation Voters Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club
July 21, 2015 (Download the letter here)