Dear Governor Murphy,
There is both good and bad infrastructure development. An example of “good “is manufacture and placement of solar panels, windmills, repairing deteriorating roads and bridges, etc.
The “bad” is allowing extremely high pressure pipelines carrying fracked gas to crisscross our pristine pinelands on this, the eve of Climate Catastrophe.
I fear that Ms. Mooij, Attorney for the Audubon Society is a proponent of corporate interests and development. She sits on the Audubon Corporate Stewardship Council together with fossil fuel kingpins South Jersey Gas,PSE&G and NJ Natural Gas. This makes her a very inappropriate nomination by our Governor Phil Murphy.
It is very hard to accept the Environmental legitimacy of the National Audubon Society in light of their defense of their actions at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Florida. It was there that they cut down 1000’s of acres in the Amazon Rainforest to harvest ancient growth Ipe trees to build their boardwalk at this sanctuary. Compounding this was the outrageous plaque the Audubon placed at the entry to their boardwalk claiming Ipe was the most ideal of materials for boardwalk construction. This claim put the environmentalists in Ocean City who successfully fought the city government into not using Ipe to repair and replace our boardwalk. Writing to the National Audubon Society to reconsider their position they refused to respond. Audubon Attorney Mooij does not give me confidence that she will protect the Pines from being cut down both for development as well as for logging interests. ( http://www.worldtwitch.com/audubon_boardwalk.htm )
Another outrageous Audubon action is described in this link: ( https://www.nj.com/messenger-gazette/index.ssf/2014/07/habitat_enhancements_continue_at_trump_national_golf_course.html )
“As part of its participation in the NJ Audubon’s Corporate Stewardship Council (in which Ms. Mooij is a member) the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ with native grass seedlings and riparian plantings to benefit migratory birds and pollinators.”
George Carlin said it best: “I know where we can build housing for the homeless: golf courses! It’s perfect! Plenty of land, in nice neighborhoods, land that is currently being wasted on a meaningless, mindless activity engaged in primarily by white, well to do male businessmen to get together to make deals to carve this country up a little finer amongst themselves. It is time to reclaim the golf courses from the wealthy and turn them over to the homeless!
.” And there is the Audubon Corporate Stewardship Council trying to sell country clubs as environmental sanctuaries!
I appeal to you, Governor Murphy to withdraw the nomination of Ms. Mooij. There are excellent, legitimate environmentalist that would truly protect the Pinelands. Immediately coming to mind are former Pinelands Commissioners Robert Jackson and Leslie Ficaglia. They were removed by Governor Christie when they voted to uphold their oath of office by rejecting South Jersey Gas’ Pipeline through the Pinelands. This would reinforce your commitment to the environment and prove that it is sincere.
Steven Fenichel, MD