New details in $225M Exxon pollution settlement made public

assetContent (68)Exxon Mobil will pay $225 million for contamination at refineries and other polluted sites across the state under a settlement agreement state officials are calling “historic.” The deal between the state and the Texas oil giant ends more than a decade of litigation over the environmental damage at two refineries, known as Bayway and Bayonne, which… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Christie’s office blasts ex-official who said gov’s aide took over Exxon settlement

IMG_3274TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s office today issued a scathing attack on the former environmental commissioner who charged a top gubernatorial staffer with having “elbowed” his way into the controversial Exxon Mobil settlement negotiations. In a note to reporters by Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts, the governor’s office called former Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Exxon Mobil deal may not be as bad as reported

IMG_3490The Christie Administration has not settled or proposed settling the $8.9 billion lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp for only $250 million dollars, as was first reported by The New York Times last week.

According to a high ranking government official who is not authorized to speak for Christie or the Attorney General’s office, under the terms of the proposed settlement which has yet to be approved by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Hogan (Burlington County), Exxon Mobil would be responsible for the cost of clean up and remediation of the Bayway in Bayonne and Linden, in addition to the $250 million which is to compensate New Jersey for the loss of use of the contaminated real estate and marsh lands.

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Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Christie Administration Reportedly Settles $8.9B Exxon Lawsuit in a Hurry — For Only $250M

2323In a move stunning to lawmakers and environmentalists, the Christie administration is reportedly settling an 11-year-old pollution lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for $250 million, a fraction of the $8.9 billion it originally sought. The settlement, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, aims to address the contamination of 1,500 acres of marshes, wetlands,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Two-year-long sea level rise along N.J. coast an ‘extreme’ event, study says

In much of the measurable world, a four-inch change — about the length of the screen on an old iPhone — doesn’t amount to much. But in oceanography, it’s huge, and a new study published this week shows that sea levels along the east coast jumped up to four inches and stayed that way for two… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Environment | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

New Jersey’s oyster madness: Reefs rise in NY while N.J. ban continues

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Environment, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Booker, Menendez blast U.S. proposal to allow oil drilling off Atlantic coast

assetContentWASHINGTON — The U.S. Interior Department today proposed opening part of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling, a move that immediately drew criticism from Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker. The two Democratic senators joined Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in asking President Obama… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Environment, Frank Pallone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Barnegat Bay oyster restoration project targeted to go large scale

assetContent (14)ASBURY PARK —New Jersey is experimenting with a relatively new method of oyster propagation to jump-start an industry that came to a crashing halt generations ago because of extensive pollution and overharvesting. The American Littoral Society is getting ready to start its second season of a new method of oyster seeding, called tankless spatting, in an… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Environment, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Sandy Hook Oil Slick Has Shrunk By More Than Half

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

photo by Noel Westerland Sr. 11/29/2014

The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.

Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen.  The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color.  Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel.  Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.

20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area.  Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection.  Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.

The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: DEP, Energy, Environment, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

N.J. bear hunt begins with 124 bruins killed on first day, including 693-pound black bear

bear hunt 2014Expectations were modest going into the first day of New Jersey’s bear-hunting season due to a combination of factors including a dramatic cold snap and an overall decline in New Jersey’s population of bruins. There was an uptick, however, in the number of bears killed in the first day. A total of 124 bruins were shot,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Environment, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off