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Library of the Chathams Event: Pilgrim Pipeline Threat to Water: Town Hall June 13th

Credits: Library of the Chathams

The New Jersey Sierra Club is hosting an important town hall on our work to fight and stop Pilgrim Pipeline. The Pilgrim Pipeline would cut through our water supply resources in the Highlands, endanger communities, and cause irreparable harm to open spaces.

This project would carry 400,000 barrels of the most flammable crude Bakken oil each day from Albany, New York to Linden and Sewaren, New Jersey. Our meeting will discuss work with awarding winning environmental consultants at Princeton Hydro to identify major impacts to water bodies along the route if there was a spill or explosion.

This work will help fight various DEP permits like the Water Quality Certificate, which helped stop the Constitution Pipeline in New York. The free public presentation will also discuss how the public can get involved. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement:

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“We are having a town hall meeting to discuss Pilgrim Pipeline’s threat to water resources and how we can stop the pipeline. The Pilgrim Pipeline will carry the most explosive Bakken crude oil through New Jersey threatening our communities, environmentally sensitive areas, and water supply resources. It will cut an ugly scar through the Highlands region, while putting the drinking water for more than 3 million people at risk. A spill or explosion would be a disaster for the environment and communities along the route. In the Highlands, a spill could mean that water supply intakes on critical water supply rivers like the Passaic, Ramapo, and Pompton could be closed for weeks if not longer until a spill is cleaned up. Come out to learn all of the waterbodies impacted by Pilgrim Pipeline like the Ramapo River, Black Brook and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. We will discuss how you can help block this dangerous and destructive proposal.”

WHO: Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club will discuss Pilgrim Pipeline’s threat to water resources along the route as well as how the public can take action against a proposal to make it easier to build pipelines near wetlands. He will be followed by an award winning environmental consultant Mark Gallagher, Princeton Hydro to discuss how crossings of environmentally sensitives areas like the Ramapo River, Black Brook and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge will help us fight permits at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm

WHERE: the Chatham Library on 214 Main St, Chatham Township, NJ 07928. We will meet at the Lundt Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

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