Green

Chathams Join Newly Formed Municipal Pipeline Group Opposing Pilgrim Pipeline Plan

1260f4f1316dead6aadb_d740747ff0ec30e50b5e_f43381709543a532e6da_no-pipeline.jpg
a5db28dc4e0a092a2813_a551f720ad60d7be3344_Harris.jpg
Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris says the group will help the towns defray legal fees Credits: TAP Chatham
6a017636589a7336d6cd_1fc14e0bbd0cea62ab00_resto.jpg
Chatham Borough Council member Len Resto says the Municipal Pipeline Group will help prepare for the legal battle ahead Credits: TAP Chatham
1260f4f1316dead6aadb_d740747ff0ec30e50b5e_f43381709543a532e6da_no-pipeline.jpg

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough and Chatham Township have joined a group of 15 municipalities which have come together to fight the crude oil pipeline being proposed by Pilgrim.

The group officially formed the Municipal Pipeline Group on Tuesday, announcing the alliance.

The group consists of the following municipalities: Berkeley Heights, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover, Fanwood, Florham Park, Livingston, Madison, Mahwah, Montville Township, Oakland, Parsippany, Scotch Plains, Wanaque, and Watchung.

Sign Up for E-News

The MPG is an outgrowth of a series of public information sessions on the pipeline proposal hosted by Watchung and Madison, and follow-up meetings of the mayors and other elected officials from towns on the proposed pipeline route.

“The governing bodies of the MPG’s members recognized the benefit of one larger team to raise our collective voice in unison to oppose the significant dangers of the pipeline," Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce A. Harris said. "The issues presented by the pipeline proposal are complex, addressing them would require the advice of legal and environmental experts, and that it would be more cost effective for the towns to collaborate and share expenses.”

The formation of the MPG, which includes municipalities in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties, is in response to the proposal by Pilgrim Pipeline, LLC to construct a 178-mile bi-directional pipeline between Albany, N.Y. and the refineries in Linden. It would transport crude oil from Albany to Linden and refined fuel from Linden to Albany.

According to the MPG, the proposed route crosses 30 New Jersey municipalities and sensitive environmental features, including streams and aquifers that provide water to millions of people in towns on the route, neighboring towns and even distant communities that depend on those streams and aquifers for their water – such as Newark and Jersey City.

The primary purpose of the group is to ensure that the interests of the affected municipalities and their residents will be protected when the pipeline company applies for permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and other governmental regulatory authorities.

The MPG has retained legal counsel and will coordinate activities among the municipalities to protect critical environmental resources.

“The group conducted a review and selected one of the premier environmental attorneys in New Jersey to represent our collective interests in a cost-effective manner,” Mahwah Council President John Roth said.

The MPG will continue to work closely with the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch, advocacy groups that are opposed to the pipeline.

“All of the MPG members have adopted resolutions opposing the pipeline,” Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet said.

Pilgrim has filed for its DEP permits in New York State and it is expected they will do so in New Jersey later this year. New Jersey law requires NJDEP to rule within 90 days of a permit request. The DEP does not conduct its own independent environmental study.

“This is why, as a group, we need to be ready at a moment’s notice," Len Resto, Chatham Borough council member, said. "We will continue to reach out to the many other municipalities whose citizens and critical water resources are impacted, because we are all in the same situation and must join forces to have an impact and be cost-effective.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e54353bd68f7785329f6_donate-blood

Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

ESL PROGRAM ENROLLING NOW!

The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

A Huge Chatham Thank You to Len Resto, the Mayor, Council and DPW, especially Carlos and Stan

April 9, 2018

Dear Editor,

 

With spring holding off threats of snow, recent memories of the Nor’Easter that paralyzed the region are still engraved in my mind. In the height of the last big storm a 65 foot tall, 2½ foot wide white pine gave way to the heavy snow and landed on the house pulling our power line down, 1700 other Chathamites had lost power and trees were down ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

Financial Planning for Recent College Graduates from Chatham Wealth Management

April 20, 2018

 

It’s that time of the year when many families are excitedly getting ready to attend their children’s college graduation. Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that we were dropping them off for freshman year.

Well, time does pass quickly and now would be a really good time to give your graduating children some savings and investment advice. Below are a ...