Hillsdale Environmental Commission

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Hillsdale becomes first town in Bergen County to ban fracking

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Hillsdale has become the first town in Bergen County to adopt an anti-fracking ordinance, which prohibits the controversial natural gas mining procedure within the municipality.

While officials are not aware of any natural gas deposits in town, the ban is intended to send a message to state leaders and to encourage other municipalities to do the same, according to Councilman Larry Meyerson. The measure to ban the practice, known formally as hydraulic fracturing, was presented to the council by members of the Hillsdale Environmental Commission.

“This is a time when we should be making a statement through ordinances and resolutions regarding our environment. It’s no longer acceptable, in my view, to permit these kinds of activities and then allow environmental disasters… These are the types of statements that small governments, medium sized governments and large governments ought to be making to protect the public,” said Meyerson prior to the council’s 5-1 passage of the ordinance on June 10.

Efforts on the state level to ban fracking have not been successful. In January 2012, Governor Christie placed a one-year moratorium on fracking, which expired and has not been reinstated. The governor vetoed a bi-partisan bill in September 2012 that would have prohibited treatment and disposal of fracking waste within the state due to concerns it would violate an interstate commerce provision with Pennsylvania, which allows the practice. Last month, the state Senate voted 33-4 to advance a similar piece of legislation, whose primary sponsor was Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). In order for the bill to reach Christie’s desk, the state Assembly needs to pass it.

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/environment/hillsdale-becomes-first-town-in-bergen-county-to-ban-fracking-1.1033371


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Hillsdale receives grant to help fund repair of Beechwood Park trail

The Hillsdale Environmental Commission has received a grant to help fund the restoration of a nature trail that has fallen into disrepair.

The walkway, which runs through an 11-acre section of Beechwood Park, has issues the commission feels present safety concerns for those who use it for jogging and walking, including felled trees and a partially broken wooden boardwalk. Within the last five years, Hillsdale has experienced several severe storms, which, commission members say, have contributed to the pathway’s current state.

Despite the issues, the trail remains a popular spot for dog walkers and recreational walkers, so the commission is hoping to bring the area back into a safer condition.

In April, the commission was awarded $1,000 through the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to move forward with its proposal to clean up the passive park, according to Commission Chairwoman Meredith Kates.

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http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/hillsdale-receives-grant-to-help-fund-repair-of-beechwood-park-trail-1.1015708


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Hillsdale Environmental Commission proposes to fix nature trail

The Hillsdale Environmental Commission hopes to spruce up a nature trail that has fallen into disrepair.

The walkway, located in an 11-acre section of Beechwood Park, has issues that the commission feels present safety concerns for those who use the trail for jogging and walking that must be addressed. During the council’s Tuesday, March 4 meeting, the commission was approved to apply for a grant through the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to fund a project to clean up the passive park.

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/hillsdale-environmental-commission-proposes-to-fix-nature-trail-1.739560