Government

Chatham Township Adopts Amendment of Land-Use Ordinance that Prohibits Pilgrim Pipeline

Dr. Michael S. Leung spoke about the health dangers of crude oil Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - An ordinance to amend land-use regulations that will effectively prohibit the construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline in Chatham Township was unanimously adopted by the Chatham Township Committee on Thursday night.

Pilgrim Pipeline is planning an oil pipeline that would start in Albany, N.Y. and travel to refineries in Linden and then back to Albany, with a route that passes through Chatham Township and Chatham Borough.

Committee members Mike Kelly, Curt Ritter, Karen Swartz and Mayor Kevin Sullivan all voted for the amendment. Committee member Robert Gallop was absent.

Sign Up for E-News

The township ordinance, the first of its kind in the battle to keep Pilgrim from building the crude oit pipeline, prohibit "unregulated" pipelines 

"Pipelines that are not public utilities that distribute services to end users and are unregulated by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities are prohibited in all zone districts," states the ordinance, in part.

During the public comment section of the meeting before the vote, Dr. Michael S. Leung informed the committee of the extensive study he conducted on the dangers of crude oil. Basically, in his highly technical report, Leung pointed out that Benzine, a chemical added to gasoline products, could cause cancer.

He also detailed many other health risks that could arise if there was an oil spill from a pipeline such as the one Pilgrim is proposing.

Attorney Albert Cruz says ordinance agrees with Chatham Township's Master Plan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8lWfnHt4qc

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b655379724e14c6bdd70_dropandshop

Sun, September 17, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kids Central, Madison

Drop and Shop

Giving Back Other

Mon, September 18, 11:00 AM

Fairmount Country Club, Chatham

Golf Outing

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Other Police & Fire

Wed, September 27

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Bus Trip to The Chilhuly Exhibit with Town & ...

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Violence and Hatred Witnessed in Charlottesville Have No Place in Chatham Township

August 17, 2017

To the Editor,

I am writing to offer a few words pertaining to the riotous and fatal confrontation so many of us witnessed over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA.

I look around Chatham Township and I know that those actions and reactions are not our actions. Racism, bigotry, segregation, hatred and violence have no place here. They have no place in Chatham Township. They have no place in ...

F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Students and Campers Watch the Solar Eclipse

August 22, 2017

At the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA, students and Camp Wantago campers had the opportunity to witness the rare and exciting phenomenon of the solar eclipse. The Center live-streamed the eclipse in the gymnasium and projected it on a movie screen so that everyone could safely watch. The children were in awe of this scientific wonder!

About the F.M. Kirby ...