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NEW JERSEY LCV DISAPPOINTED IN MACH 2 PROJECT CLEAN ENERGY PROPOSAL
TRENTON – The following is a statement from Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCV, regarding the announcement today of clean-energy projects in seven states from Pennsylvania to California that have been selected by the Biden administration for a $7 billion program to kickstart development and production of hydrogen fuel. The Mid-Atlantic hub is supported by Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“We are disappointed that the MACH 2 project was chosen instead of the Northeast Hydrogen Hub proposal, which would have been better for the environment and which had stronger protections for the health and safety of the workers and communities. New Jersey LCV has significant environmental concerns with the MACH 2 Hub as proposed, which will still rely on Pennsylvania’s fracked gas. As planned, this project would mean doubling down on fossil fuels and require enhancements and reconstruction of expensive existing fossil fuel infrastructure leaving working families to shoulder the high costs,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCV. “We strongly urge this plan be improved to mitigate the negative environmental and safety impacts. For this project to truly satisfy our environmental goals, major adjustments would need to be made to reduce asthma and cancer rates, including eliminating any reliance on dirty and dangerous fracked methane gas and substantially shorting the expensive pipeline lengths that need to be hardened, newly developed, and completely rebuilt.”