ROSELLE, NJ - Residents from Roselle and as far away as New Brunswick turned out to get more information regarding the Pilgrim Pipeline project which, according to information supplied, will run through Roselle.
The Pilgrim Pipeline project is far from dead, despite an announcement made by the Sierra Club of New Jersey Monday that PSE&G has denied the company use of its rights-of-way to build parallel lines running crude oil from Albany, N.Y. to Linden and bringing refined products back to Hudson Valley communities, a spokesman for Pilgrim said Tuesday.
“The project is still in the early stages,” said Paul Nathanson, a Washington, D.C.- based spokesman for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC. “We still haven’t applied for permits yet.”
Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, maintains that he heard of the denial from several senior staff of PSE&G.
At Thursday night's meeting, Roselle Fire Chief Paul Mucha stated that while Roselle and all of Union County has a good resource team to possibly handle a leak, he said what really concerns him is if it goes “kaboom."
It was also brought up that while yes, there are already lines underground, the new lines are much larger and a lot more risk involved including the fact that Roselle has a high water table making a spill dangerous to all towns surrounding. It was pointed out that the two 5 1/2-foot trenches that would be needed to be dug could very well hit a gas line or the sometimes blasting involved could cause another explosion. The significant tree clearing was brought up as to how it may destroy properties.
A local resident/real estate agent spoke up and told the community how it would drastically effect the property values of the whole community at large.
While all of the talk of the pipeline was being discussed, another member of the community spoke up on the fact the while they are currently using trains to move this oil in town, the amount of oil would be increased dramatically and the risks of a train derailment is a very significant danger that we cannot over look.
In the end, general consensus of the crowd was that they did not want this in the community and they are urging everyone to write their legislators and local government to stop this project.
One last important note was brought up to property owners. Owners of property do not have to allow surveyors on their property.There will be a “Landowners Rights Workshop” on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of the Chathams - 214 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928.
Correspondence on the matter can be addressed to:
Governor Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625
Bob Martin, DEP Commissioner
PO Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08652-0402
Members of the Highlands Council
100 North Road (Route 513)
Chester, NJ 07930
For more information go to StopPilgrimPipeline.com