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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders entered into an agreement to purchase for preservation 9.74 acres of environmentally sensitive land in South Plainfield at its meeting last night.

The freeholders authorized an agreement to purchase the land, known as the Adams Farm, from A. Ferraro Construction LLC, which was under contract to purchase land from its original owner and had preliminary approvals for 16 residential lots. The agreed upon price is $2,450,000, based on three appraisals.

The land is located within the environmentally sensitive Dismal Swamp, a significant natural area that is home to wildlife and many species of plants. Preserving it would provide flood protection and public access to the area.

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TRENTON—A Superior Court judge upheld the state’s claims seeking damages from ExxonMobil for harm to the environment and loss of natural resources caused by its refinery operations in Linden and Bayonne, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced earlier this month.

Superior Court Judge Ross R. Anzaldi rejected a motion by ExxonMobil to dismiss the state’s claims on grounds that the state should only be able to seek restoration of, and compensation for, natural resources damaged after enactment of the Spill Act in 1977, Milgram said.

“This is a significant ruling, because it affirms the state’s position that polluters who have damaged natural resources prior to passage of the Spill Act cannot simply walk away—they have an obligation to restore those natural resources, and to compensate the people of New Jersey for losses while the resources were polluted,” said Milgram.

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