#b#‘Stronger Together’ Makes America Great #/b#

Regarding U.S. 1’s December 7 issue: Great cover! And your articles in the December 7th issue on the Immigrant entrepreneurs making a substantial contribution to our society and our economy were excellent. Thank you so much for covering this important yet often under reported topic emphasizing the strength that comes from diversity and the contributions of energy and smarts from our immigrant citizens.

We are now in the fourth year of the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, which are sponsored not only by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey but by a broad-based coalition of New Jersey ethnic and business chambers, associations and organizations; including American Immigration Lawyers Association NJ Chapter, AJC New Jersey, Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Diversity Dynamics, Einstein’s Alley, MIDCED/MidJersey Chamber of Commerce, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the NJBIA, the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Historical Commission, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce.

The NJIEA Coalition has started the planning for the fifth annual awards in 2017.

Katherine Kish

CoChair, NJIEA Coalition

Executive Director, Einstein’s Alley

#b#Pipeline a Solution to No Real Problem#/b#

Editor’s note: The Penn East, the proposed 120-mile natural gas pipeline going from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to Pennington that is in part owned by Public Service Gas and Electric, continues to face strong opposition, some of it focused on environmental concerns and some on changing economic conditions that lessen the need for the gas. Two opponents of the proposed pipeline presented some pertinent facts supporting their position in a recent letter to the editor. Excerpts follow:

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, announced on September 23 that its basic gas supply rate would drop to the lowest it has been in 16 years. This new rate took effect October 1.

[Meanwhile] Peter Terranova, chair of Penn East Pipeline Board of Managers, claims that the pipeline’s purpose is “addressing price and supply constraints experienced by natural gas and electric customers.” Terranova’s reasoning is repeated by Bill Yardley, president of US Transmission and Storage, Spectra Energy. He states that “the Penn East Pipeline will deliver much needed natural gas to address the region’s reliability concerns and reduce cost paid by the consumer.”

[But] Richard S. Mroz, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, heralds the New Jersey Energy Master Plan explaining, “The Energy Master Plan laid out a path to take full advantage of cleaner, cheaper natural gas for use by residences and businesses, to fuel power plants and distributive generation, and as an alternative fuel to diesel and gasoline.” He cites the abundance of natural gas and New Jersey’s infrastructure that allows for rate payers to take full advantage of the low cost energy.

George Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and centralized Services, says that “thanks to continued low natural gas prices we have been able to replace vulnerable pipes in flood-prone areas and make other critical upgrades and still keep bills stable

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the U.S. Energy Department, issues daily online, real time updates to all. The owners of the Penn East LLP, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can access these update just as you and we can.

The energy conditions that may have seemed to exist 10 years ago in New Jersey have been corrected by the NJBPU. Now is the time to stop before squandering New Jersey’s natural, historic, and social fabric as well as playing fast and loose with the state’s third largest industry, tourism, the $45.3 billion cash cow that accounts for 10 percent de minimis of all jobs in the state.

In closing, all quoted material is sourced from media releases.

John P. & Barbara J. Hencheck

The Henchecks are historians who have lived in Lambertville since 1969. They recently issued the second edition of their book, “Road Along the Rocks 1758: The Bungtown Road,” about an 18th century road being threatened by the proposed Penn East pipeline, as well as a Potter’s Field from the 1832 Cholera Epidemic that is near the road. For more information about the book e-mail the authors at jhencheck@gmail.com.

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