CRANFORD, NJ –David Pringle, Cranford resident and campaign director of Clean Water Action, appeared on TV 35 to discuss the Pilgrim Pipeline and explain why he and so many others are opposed to the pipeline construction. Roselle Borough Hall will host a forum on the Pilgrim Pipeline on April 25 at 7 p.m.
The Pilgrim Pipeline, first proposed in 2014 by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, would use two parallel, bi-directional pipelines to transport essential refined products, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil, between Albany, N.Y., and Linden, N.J, according to the Pilgrim Pipeline website.
The pipeline would run through Linden, Cranford, Roselle Park, Rahway, Winfield, Clark, Colonia, Avenel, Edison, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Kenilworth, and Berkeley Heights, according to the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP). A map of the proposed route is shown above.
“It’s not just a problem for Cranford because of where it goes in Cranford,” Pringle said in his interview with TV 35. “It’s a problem everywhere. It crosses the Passaic River, the proposed path up in part of Northern New Jersey. And three separate locations that are upstream of areas that are major drinking water intakes.”
The pipeline, if approved, will run directly next to Hillside Avenue School in Cranford, according to Pringle. The Cranford Board of Education, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cranford Township Committee passed resolutions opposing the pipeline, along with approximately 42 other New Jersey municipalities and six other NJ school boards, according to CAPP.
“The Township Committee’s responsibility is to provide a safe environment for its residents, and this pipeline raises serious safety concerns,” part of the Cranford Township Committee’s resolution reads.
There is no set date for pipeline construction, according to the Pilgrim Pipeline website. The company argues that the pipeline is actually safer for residents, as the products are currently transported by barge and can create serious disruptions for customers in severe weather conditions, like Superstorm Sandy.
“The Pilgrim Pipeline will better meet the Northeast region’s current and future demands for a stable supply of essential petroleum products, transported in a safer and more environmentally-friendly manner compared to current methods of rail and barge traffic along the Hudson River,” the website reads.
Residents from all of Roselle’s neighboring towns are invited to attend the forum tomorrow evening to learn more about the pipeline. The forum is sponsored by Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau.
Pringle's full interview on TV 35 can be watched below.