The power plant site sits less than .75 miles upwind from residences in the Jersey City Heights, less than one mile upwind from Hudson County School of Technology, and less than two miles upwind from Secaucus and Hoboken. Within two miles in the other direction lies the east ward of Newark.
In NJT’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Published May 2019, they present two alternatives. One is the Build Alternative, which encompasses the microgrid, powerplant, and natural gas pipeline attachment, and the second is the No Action Alternative, which is no microgrid and continued reliance on the commercial grid.
In the DEIS, NJ Transit states that solar panels, wind energy, and other “green” technologies to fully “island” the NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak electrical systems from the larger commercial power grid are not practical or reasonable alternatives to a natural gas-fired power plant due to the required load generation capacity, siting requirements for these technologies, the need to meet rapidly fluctuating loads associated with traction power systems under island conditions (especially due to the need for energy storage to guarantee a reliable power source), and the cost. However, NJ Transit does not claim to have conducted an in depth analysis of renewable technology options and provided no evidence to support any of these assertions.
In recent meetings NJ Transit has expressed more willingness to look at renewables but has no plans to commission its own study and is still planning to request bids for a gas fired plant.
NJ Transit also has stated that their new power plant would only be responsible for 3.3% of greenhouse gas emissions in NJ, 0.00953% of total emissions of the United States, and 0.00141% of world GHG emissions. NJ Transit argues that this percent of emissions is negligible in comparison to the rest of the world. We are at a point where no greenhouse gas emissions are negligible! The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 special report on global warming stated that in order to avoid the most disastrous consequences of climate change, we need to cut emissions by at least 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching zero emissions by 2050. There is no longer any way to rationalize any increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
It is completely hypocritical on the part of Governor Murphy to permit NJ Transit, which sits under his own agency, to build more fossil fuel infrastructure, designed to run for decades, when his Energy Master Plan for New Jersey has a stated goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. Rather, Governor Murphy should be directing this immense amount of federal money towards renewable energy and battery storage to meet his own environmental goals, and to protect New Jersey’s heath and environment.
Even more pointedly, his failure thus far to direct NJ Transit to develop a renewable and battery storage alternative to the fracked gas plant, when his Energy Master Plan calls for 2,000 MW of energy storage by 2030, and when we have over 400 Million in federal grants to invest towards that goal, is an abject failure of his administration to deliver on their own policy commitments.
The bottom line is:
This Plant Will Cause Needless Damage to Our Health & Climate While Gov. Murphy Violates His Own NJ Energy Policy
We Need an Epiphany Now!
- Sign our petition.
- Call Governor Murphy at 866-586-4069 and demand he halt the NJ Transit Fracked-Gas Power Plant, invest in a solar alternative, and declare an Emergency Moratorium on ALL FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS IN NJ.
- Write letters to your town council letting them know you oppose the power plant.
- Bring your friends and neighbors to town council meetings to show their opposition to the power plant.
- Volunteer with the Don’t Gas The Meadowlands Coalition.