BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Land Transfer and Pilgrim Pipeline is scheduled for discussion during the Conference Session of Monday's Township Council Meeting. Public meetings are held at the Municipal Complex located at 29 Park Avenue starting at 7 p.m.
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.
Members of the "Chatham Citizens Unite Against Crude Oil Pipeline Through Town"--AKA "Chatham Citizens" plan to attend Monday's meeting. They formed this grassroots move to stop the Pilgrim Pipeline, seeking transparency about the corporation’s intent to build a massive bi-directional crude oil pipeline through the middle of Chatham.
Chatham Township and Borough Committees passed resolutions last week opposing the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline.
There is a phone conference coming up sometime before the end of the year between members of the Environmental Commission and the Pilgrim Pipeline people related to environmental issues. Residents can direct questions they would like answered about the environmental impact of the pipeline to Council members Kevin Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Delia at email@example.com, both members of the commission.