CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham residents raised their glasses and opened their wallets at the Twin Elephant Brewing Company on Thursday night during a fundraiser geared toward stopping Pilgrim from building a crude oil pipeline through Chatham Borough and Chatham Township.

Members of Chatham Citizens Opposing the Oil Pipeline are taking a pro-active approach to protect Chatham's water supply from the possibility of a leaking pipeline, raising $9,000 in one night that will go towards an environmental impact study.

"In New York, the Constitution Pipeline was rejected because they weren't able to get their water quality certificate because of the amount of streams it was passing through," Toni Granato of the Sierra Club said. "Our strategy is to deny the Pilgrim Pipeline based on those same permits.

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"What the environmental impact study does is put information on the record to deny the pipeline. So if we show there is an environmental impact from Pilgrim Pipeline, we'll be able to refute any permit potentially approved by the DEP."

Joe Basralian speaks at fundraiser held Thursday night at Twin Elephant Brewing Company in Chatham