More Water Issues, Numerous Communities Could Be Put At Risk

While Newark residents are coping with recent news of possible lead contamination in community schools and homes, a new proposal threatens the safety of water throughout much of New York and part of New Jersey.

Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, a project management organization, is in the development phase of a 178-mile pipeline that would carry products like gas, oil, aviation fuel, and crude oil from Upstate NY all the way to Linden, New Jersey. 

Many citizens are concerned the pipeline will cause immediate danger to drinking water and other natural resources. 

“A major pipeline spill could contaminate the drinking water for the several million people and dozens of municipalities who rely on these key water sources.  If a pipeline spill were to contaminate the Hudson River watershed in New York or the Ramapo River or Buried Valley aquifers in New Jersey, irreplaceable water sources beneath the anticipated route of the Pilgrim pipelines, it could take decades before the water for millions of residents would be safe to consume.” –

Many agree there’s no question regarding if such a spill would occur, the real question is when. According to federal regulators an average of one pipeline incident occurs each and every day. 

What do you think about the proposed pipeline? Share your thoughts with us. 

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