CLARK, NJ – Township residents may have noticed an announcement at ourclark.com or on TV-36 entitled “Pilgrim Pipeline.”
Residents who receive notification from Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC indicating that the company has federal permission to access their land for surveying purposes should be aware that is not the case. Township of Clark Business Administrator John Laezza said, “The only person who has a right to give someone permission to go on their property is the property owner himself.”
The Pilgrim Pipeline has been in the news recently as towns through which it might pass begin to grapple with issues surrounding the pipeline's development.
According to the Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC website, the company is developing a two-way East Coast pipeline that would carry crude oil from Albany, NY to refineries in New Jersey. The product would be refined into petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and jet and aviation fuel that would then be returned northbound via the pipeline. The product is currently shipped by barges on the Hudson River, tanker trucks and train.
Union County towns through which the pipeline would run include New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Roselle and Linden. A map on the Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC website indicates a terminus in Linden, NJ.
Laezza said the project is in its early stages and still being surveyed. Initial discussions indicate the pipeline in Clark would likely follow along the existing Conrail train tracks.
Picton Park, at Georgia Street and Boynton Ave., is the only parcel of land along the proposed route that is owned by the Township of Clark. “We don’t want it along the park,” said Laezza. “They would have to show us the plan and the environmental studies, and the impact of having it near a park."
The project is still in its development phase and, Laezza said, “It’s two years away if it’s a day.”