EDISON, NJ - Residents of the township addressed the municipal council meeting Wednesday night with concerns about the Pilgrim Pipeline and the proposed track of the pipeline through sections of Edison. Pilgrim Pipeline LLC has proposed a brand new oil pipeline across northern New Jersey that would connect Albany, N.Y. and Linden.
Besides the pipeline passing close to neighborhood schools and homes, residents raised concerns about the dangers of Bakken crude oil through the community. Bakken oil is produced by fracking the Bakken shale formation of North Dakota and is a highly flammable, toxic and corrosive liquid.
Maureen Carson, a resident of O’Hara Street and a volunteer with the Sierra Club of New Jersey, spoke about the pipeline running close to Edison’s schools, nursing homes and neighborhoods. “The pumping stations could also affect our air quality. The safety and quality of life of our residents should be considered.”
Township residents were joined by Toni Granato, assistant at the Sierra Club of New Jersey, who asked the council to reconsider a resolution opposing the pipeline. “Over 30 towns in New Jersey have passed resolutions or ordinances opposing Pilgrim Pipeline. We ask that Edison reconsider their decision not to pass a resolution,” Granato said.
Council Member Michael Lombardi said that the committee investigating the pipeline decided not to submit a resolution since PSE&G recently denied Pilgrim Pipeline LLC the right of way to 27 miles of their property.
Granato responded that Pilgrim Pipeline LLC can utilize other actions to gain access to the land through petitions to the Board of Public Utilities or New Jersey courts.
The Township Council resolved to bring the information and the concerns of the residents back to the committee and address the issue again.