NJ Antis Change Gear, Hire Quiet Guy to Head Anti-Pipeline Effort

Anti-drillers in New Jersey must be growing tired of the angry demeanor of their current “movement leaders”–people like Maya van Rossum from THE Delaware Riverkeeper. So they’re putting their chips on a quieter, gentler anti-driller they hope will be more effective in stopping projects like the PennEast Pipeline. NJ antis have hired Thomas Gilbert, 45, a “longtime activist known for his land preservation work” to become the campaign director at New Jersey Conservation Foundation, starting June 15. They’re hoping the NJ Conservation Foundation can be “the one ring to rule them all” by organizing together disparate anti groups to defeat projects like PennEast. Anti-drillers have tried the go-it-alone, not-nice route–so this time they want to try the let’s-all-cooperate-nicey-nice route. It’s the same old hardened anti-drilling philosophy dressed up in a nicer package. But make no mistake–they want to end the use of fossil fuels in New Jersey–and that’s why Gilbert has been hired…

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