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Parsippany Becomes First NJ Town to Formally Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

Governing body passes resolution; residents look for county to do the same.

Just weeks after a group that opposes the construction of pipeline that would transport oil from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey set up shop for an information session in Parsippany, the town’s government passed a resolution that would formally oppose any such project.

Parsippany became the first town in New Jersey to pass a resolution opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline project, according to Kate Millsaps of the Sierra Club.

The governing body’s resolution calls for a moratorium on surveying and project planning within the municipality, Millsaps said in a statement, and asks for a thorough environmental review to be conducted.

The project’s outline shows impact on the Troy Meadows section of the township, which already includes a PSEG right-of-way to house the Susquehanna-Roseland line.

“The impact on Parsippany residents is tremendous. There is nothing Parsippany would get from this project. Our residents take on the risk of potential leaks in the future but there is no gain- financial or otherwise,” said councilman Michael dePierro at the most recent meeting, according to Millsaps.

County Follows Suit?

In addition to Parsippany making the first move, residents from the area are now looking at the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders to do the same.

Residents spoke of the topic at Wednesday’s Freeholder meeting, Millsaps said, and while no action was taken by the governing body, Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said the issue would be on the agenda for the group’s next meeting in July.

That meeting is scheduled for July 9 in Morristown at 7 p.m. at the 10 Court Street. The meeting is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. 

Nicholas Robert Homyak June 27, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Great; however why doesn't Parsippany get Scientific & Futuristic instead of political when it comes to the "remaining landscapes"? Regional Master Plan, not local deals against the community; were overdeveloped. Protect , water, trees and Bio-diversity..
ALLDAYEVERYDAY July 02, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Hey John, how about we run the pipeline through your backyard...
Sick of the Bull July 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM
You anti people are idiots. How about we just go back to the stone age and cook and heat with an open fire. The pipelines and powerlines have to go somewhere, you just use the good ole N.I.M.B.Y. philosophy. They are going to put it somewhere, You can be sure of that.
Ken D July 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM
The idea that pipelines have to go somewhere is horse and buggy thinking that energy companies love to hear from the brainwashed public. In particular, this oil line is not needed by anyone in NJ and is simply a private money making venture putting many communities and drinking water supplies at risk. The days of just accepting such developments have to come to an end. We need to push the energy industry to find more creative ways to produce and distribute energy that does not risk the environment. Local renewable sources can play a big role in making this happen. Certainly pipelines and power lines are necessary today but we can strive for a future that reduces the need to add more and maybe even eliminate some of the hazards we have to live with today. Blaming people who don't want to see this old technology proliferate because it is harmful is not a winning argument.

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