We did it! After over a year and a half of grassroots pressure, Governor Murphy and NJ Transit have agreed to stop working on their proposal for a fracked gas power plant, and move forward with a new plan to develop the TRANSITGRID project with solar and battery storage!
At the NJ Transit Board of Commissioners meeting on October 21, NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett announced that NJ Transit is shelving their plan to build a 140 MW fracked gas power plant in the Kearny Meadowlands, and will instead move forward with a renewable energy alternative for public transit resiliency!
This historic decision is a result of all our work coming together to stop this project and fight for a healthy and livable future for all residents of our state. Together, we held in-person and virtual educational forums, rallied on land and water, and lobbied our elected officials. Thousands wrote and called Governor Murphy, hundreds more spoke out at NJ Transit Board meetings going back to December, and together we passed 16 municipal resolutions and won support from 13 state legislators.
Winning a clean energy alternative to the NJ Transit power plant will keep 571,000 tons of additional carbon pollution out of our atmosphere every year, and other toxic pollutants out of the lungs of Hudson and east Essex County residents. It also puts our public transportation system on track to become a global leader in the urgent transition off climate destroying fossil fuels!
We must continue to grow our movement and build our political power in the weeks and months ahead. While this is a historic decision and a huge step forward for our fight, we still need Governor Murphy to order NJ Transit to withdraw the air permit application for the fracked gas power plant, and fulfil the commitment to develop and invest in a 100% renewable alternative. We can only win these fights together — thank you for your tireless dedication and resolve to get us to this critical juncture.
Read a news article about developments at NJ Transit here.
More news articles:
- AP – 10/22 – NJ Transit Backs off Plan to Build Gas-Fired Power Plant
- Newark Star-Ledger – 10/21 – Here’s NJ Transit’s plan for power plant to go green
- NJ Spotlight – 10/23 – NJ Transit opts for green energy, ending plan for gas-powered plant
- Hudson County View – 10/22 – NJ Transit scraps plan for natural gas-powered plant in Kearny, will seek green alternatives
- Hudson Reporter – 10/22 – North Bergen opposes Kearny fracked-gas power plant
- Bergen Record/Gannett– 10/21 – Environmentalists secure victory as NJ Transit seeks green ideas for new Transitgrid plan