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Some of New Jersey’s Money From Exxon Settlement Will Go to Legal Fees

"New Jersey’s decision to settle a multibillion-dollar pollution lawsuit with Exxon Mobil Corporation has come under broad criticism, as lawmakers and environmentalists have questioned why the state would agree to accept only $225 million — a small fraction of the $8.9 billion in damages it was seeking in court."

Source: NY Times, 03/10/2015

"As N.J. Pipeline Network Grows, Safety Is Concern"

"With more than 1,500 miles of aging natural gas pipelines already crisscrossing New Jersey, and five new projects to expand the network’s capacity being proposed or recently completed, federal authorities are raising concerns about the safety of such pipelines nationwide, especially in densely populated areas."

Source: Bergen Record, 02/17/2015

"Officials Welcome Superfund Possibility for Hackensack River"

"The federal government’s decision to consider making the Hackensack River a Superfund site is drawing praise from local mayors and other elected officials — but that praise comes with caveats, including a sense that the Hackensack’s pollution is so pervasive and its hydrology so complex that trying to clean it up might be a fool’s errand."

Source: Bergen Record, 02/16/2015

"A Forest’s Family Roots Stand in a Pipeline’s Path"

An ecological treasure, a forest maintained by the Kernan Family in upstate New York for seven decades, is now "threatened by the construction of the Constitution Pipeline, a $700 million, 124-mile conduit designed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale fields of northeast Pennsylvania" to pipelines serving markets in New York and New England.

Source: NY Times, 02/13/2015
June 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015

Chris Woodside's Writing from Nature Workshop

Many writers already realize that their work is not merely an indoor, sedentary pursuit but that the best ideas come in a flash while we are doing other things that have nothing to do with writing. SEJ member Chris Woodside will teach you how to tap this energy productively, and regularly — immersing in the natural world, with no agenda — in beautiful Squam Lake, NH. Keynote speaker is Mark Kramer (pictured), director of Boston University's The Power of Narrative writing conference.


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