Fracked Oil Pipeline!
Drinking Water & Safe Communities > Fossil Fuels
Pilgrim Pipeline Company is proposing to build a new,
bi-directional pipeline to transport oil and refined petroleum products between
Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey. The
company has not released a detailed map, but the project is expected to follow
along Route 287 through Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Oakland in Bergen
County and continue through Wanaque, Pompton Lakes and Bloomingdale in Passaic
County. It would also enter Morris County, including through Riverdale and
Pequannock, and then cut across Watchung, Scotch
Plains, and other communities before heading east toward Linden.
Fracked, Explosive Oil Carried Through our Communities
Pipeline would transport oil extracted from North Dakota's Bakken Shale via
hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- an extreme form of oil and gas extraction
that depletes and despoils clean water, creates toxic air emissions and radioactive
waste, and contributes to the climate crisis by releasing large quantities of
methane gas into the atmosphere.
Bakken oil is extremely volatile and dangerous. In February the Wall Street
Journal compared oil from 86 locations around the world and found Bakken
crude oil to be the most explosive.
Bringing this fuel into our states endangers our families, property, and
Under-regulated & Poorly Maintained
systems in the United States are chronically under regulated to guarantee safe
transportation. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) only has 135 inspectors to
oversee 2.6 million miles of pipeline. PHMSA or its state partners have
inspected only one fifth of that pipeline system since 2006. Lack of inspections
and ability to easily corrode makes the risk of a spill very real. In October,
a spill of Bakken crude from a pipeline in North Dakota resulted in over 20,600
barrels - equivalent to 865,200 gallons- of oil escaping into the
environment. The event was one of the largest onshore oil spills in recent
Immediate Environmental and Environmental
The Pilgrim Pipeline is proposed to run through the New Jersey Highlands. The
Highlands region provides drinking water for half of New Jersey's residents and
a major oil spill in this ecologically sensitive region could prove disastrous.
Pipeline construction would destroy wetlands and critical habitats for
threatened and endangered species in the NJ Highlands, and degrade our
waterways by creating more erosion due to construction. The pipeline would also
pass through environmental justice communities that already live with too much
air and water pollution from the fossil fuel industry.
after Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey needs to oppose fuel sources that contribute
to climate change. Our coastal communities are not prepared
for the sea level to rise one foot, much less the 3-5 feet predicted in 85
years. Those born today will see our New Jersey shore communities abandoned if
we fail to act now.
of investing in long term infrastructure for more fossil fuels, we need to be investing
in alternatives like solar, wind and energy efficiency that do not threaten the
environment and our public health. With sensible policy prescriptions that cap
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and incentivize alternatives, we can create
green jobs while improving our environmental legacy.
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