The Chris Christie Administration has filed notices with the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia informing the court it will appeal rulings that will allow the deepening of the Delaware River’s shipping channel to proceed despite the lack of updated environmental studies.
The Christie administration wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform these studies to prove the project won’t harm the river’s ecology, in particular ecologically sensitive wetlands and creeks adjacent to dredge disposal sites in South Jersey.
“This project calls for the disposal of millions of tons of sediments along the river in South Jersey, mostly in environmentally sensitive areas,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said. “The Army Corps must take seriously its obligation to make absolutely certain that dredging up sediments contaminated by industrial pollutants will not harm this fragile ecosystem or the river itself. We continue to oppose a project that is not adequately justified economically and disproportionately places the environmental burden on New Jersey.”
The state’s decision to appeal comes as the Obama Administration decided this week not to provide federal funds for the deepening project, according to Rep. Rob Andrews, who has been critical of the Army Corps for failing to meet required environmental regulations for this project.