ENVIRONMENT

Report: Proposed natural gas projects would increase NJ’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent

BY Julie Daurio, Associate Producer |

A coalition of environmental and community groups released a report Wednesday on the impact a dozen proposed natural gas projects could have on the state’s environment.

According to the report, these new projects, if built and put online, would increase the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 percent.

The coalition of more than 50 activist groups, called Empower NJ, is calling for the governor to put a moratorium on fossil fuel projects and says the proposed projects contradict Murphy’s plan for 100 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2050.

A Spokesperson for Gov. Murphy said he has “directed his team to take a hard look at energy infrastructure projects as part of an updated Energy Master Plan, which will focus on renewable energy and shift away from outdated energy sources.”