CHATHAM, NJ - There was standing-room only - and some out-of-room overflow standing as well - as hundreds of Chatham residents descended upont the Borough of Chatham Council meeting Monday night to demand a resolution opposing the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline.
Chatham residents got what they came for with an affirmative vote by the council to draw up a resolution opposing the oil pipeline. The resolution, which has broad support of the council, needs to be drafted and presented in written form before it can be officially approved at the Nov. 24th meeting.
Also, the council voted down a resolution on the agenda that would have allowed Pilgrim Pipeline to gain access to borough property for the purpose of preparing a pipleline survey.
Katey DePinto, representing "Chatham Citizens," gave a presentation listing the negatives to Pilgrim Pipeline's plan to run a crude-oil pipeline from Albany, N.Y. through Chatham to its final destination in Linden.
Dawn Ferguson also representing "Chatham Citizens," detailed the dangers the pipeline would pose to Chatham's water aquifer.
According to a "Chatham Citizens" press release encouraging attendance at the council meeting, "Pilgrim Pipeline has been asking Chatham residents for access to their property to perform surveys, as they wish to construct the pipeline along the PSE&G high-tension power lines through Chatham Township and the Borough – crossing through the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Southern Boulevard and Shunpike, past Cougar Field, and across Main Street.
"It would cut across the aquifer that serves Chatham Borough with its drinking water, as well as waterways that supply Chatham Township’s homes. Residents in municipalities across northern New Jersey -- including Madison, Watchung, Parsippany, and others -- have challenged the plans, and their municipal councils have passed resolutions opposing the location of the pipeline."
Cindy Wilson came armed with evidence of pipeline oil leaks when she spoke during the pubic portion in video below
Council member John Holman explains that the resolution is only the first step in opposing the pipeline in video below
Dawn Ferguson of "Chatham Citizens" talks about the dangers the Pilgrim Pipeline poses to Chatham's Aquifer