South Jersey desperately needs cheap, abundant, and clean electricity. The B.L. England was the perfect power plant to provide it. Although it was built in 1961 to use coal and oil, it could easily be modified to use natural gas. In 2013, South Jersey Gas sought permission to do that. It applied for permits to build a two foot wide pipeline underneath existing paved state and county roads to Millville. There it would tap into existing pipelines bringing abundant natural gas from nearby Pennsylvania.
As soon as the plan was announced, “woke” leftists and Democrats from around the country launched an all out campaign to stop the project. Their hate campaign was filled with lies. They falsely claimed the pipeline would start forest fires and poison drinking water even anyone with a basic knowledge of high school science knew this was not possible. Meanwhile Democrat politicians repeated those lies while Republican politicians did nothing to defend the project.
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Appointees of Republican Governor Chris Christie issued need permits for this project between 2015 and 2017. Coincidentally, that happened only after South Jersey Gas agreed to build a duplicate and unnecessary $8.3 million office building as part of a $220 million project to build a duplicate and unnecessary Stockton College campus in Atlantic City. However, Neither Christie nor any Republican leader ever defended the project or told the truth about the “Green” Energy and “Climate Change” fraud.
Soon afterwards, a number of leftist groups got funding to block the project with various lawsuits. Those groups included “the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)”, the New Jersey Sierra Club”, and “Environment New Jersey”. While this legal action was pending, Democrat Phil Murphy was elected Governor of New Jersey in 2017. Murphy and his appointees immediately announced publicly and made it clear privately that they opposed any project that would use coal, oil, or natural gas to produce more electricity. In 2019, the Beesley’s Point power plant shut down. At that point, its owners stopped paying roughly $6 million each year in hosting fees to the local government of Upper Township in Cape May County.
On September 29, 2022, explosives were used to demolish the large concrete cooling towers.
In just a few years, it will be obvious that billions of dollars of solar panels and off-shore wind turbines cannot come close to supplying South Jersey with the electricity we need to light our homes and businesses, run our machines and charge our electric cars. At that time, we will spend millions of dollars to rebuild that cooling tower–and the rest of the Beesley’s Point B.F. England Generating Station by Garden State Parkway Milepost 28.
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