Bipartisan Senate Resolution Offered Opposing Environmentally-Dangerous Pipeline That Would Cross Five NJ Counties, 30 Towns
Acting to stop the construction of an environmentally-dangerous oil pipeline that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey, Senator Richard Codey and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. have introduced a Senate resolution opposing the project.
Groups including the Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline have organized with the support of residents opposed to the pipeline’s construction.
The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would travel 178 miles and go through five counties and 30 municipalities in New Jersey, carrying highly-volatile shale oil extracted through fracking in North Dakota. The two parallel pipelines are expected to run along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen County, through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic County, Riverdale and Pequannock in Morris County, then through Watchung, Scotch Plains and into Linden.
“I am very concerned as to the safety risks that the construction and operation of these pipelines might pose to the neighborhoods in my district and to the integrity of the natural resources throughout the region,” said Senator Kean.
“The Pilgrim Pipeline poses significant threats to public safety and the environment,” said Senator Codey. “It would carry highly-volatile fuel through densely-populated and environmentally-sensitive areas, including areas that supply drinking water to the state’s residents.”
The proposed route includes 10 municipalities in the Highlands Region, an environmentally-important area that includes extensive groundwater supplies.
The pipeline would carry Bakken shale oil, which is one of the most explosive types of oil in the world, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. The shale oil will be sent south while refined oil products, including kerosene, will be sent north, according to the plan.
The resolution also calls on the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a thorough environmental review and for the United States Army Corps of Engineers to prepare an environmental impact report for the entire route of the proposed pipeline.
Senator Codey and Senator Kean are also urging the New York Legislature to adopt a similar resolution so that both states can “stand united in opposition to the project.”