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Pilgrim Pipeline Community Meeting in Fanwood, Opportunity to Learn More About New Project

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • 1:28pm

FANWOOD, NJ -- On Tuesday, June 10, a coalition of environmental and community groups will host a community meeting to educate local residents on the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. The Fanwood meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Road Park Building. Assemblywoman Linda Stender will open the session, speaking about her concerns with the proposal and alternatives that invest in our state's clean energy future.  
 
The 178-mile project would link Albany, N.Y. and Linden with a bidirectional oil pipeline. Bakken crude oil would travel down to Linden and refined products would travel north to New York State. According to environmental activists, Bakken oil is produced by fracking in North Dakota and is highly explosive, threatening local communities with the risk of spills and accidents.  
 
Local residents can learn more about the rights of landowners when approached by the Pilgrim Pipeline company, the source of the oil and its consequences for our climate, and the environmental impacts of pipeline construction and operation.  
 
“The upcoming community meeting is an opportunity for local, concerned citizens to learn more about the project and how they can become more involved.  The Pilgrim Pipeline project would bring a dangerous fuel source into densely populated and environmentally sensitive areas along its route.  This infrastructure would create a serious risk and communities along the route need to know what the impacts will be and what rights they have,” said Kate Millsaps, conservation program coordinator, NJ Sierra Club.  
 
Millsaps believes that Bakken oil transportation presents significant risks in all forms. It is highly explosive and toxic.  Moving this fuel by barge, rail, or pipeline would result in significant public health and environmental impacts, since al forms of transportation are prone to accidents, spills, and human error.  Constructing the pipeline would not replace rail or barge shipments, but would be used to expand the region’s capacity to move oil.  
 
"Building fracked oil pipelines through New Jersey's residential neighborhoods and protected watershed lands puts our families' health and wellbeing at risk," said Matt Smith, organizer with Food & Water Watch. 
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