PARSIPPANY — At the Parsippany-Troy Hills Council meeting on Tuesday, March 17, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., recommended to draft a letter encouraging PSE&G to stand by its decision not to allow Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings right of way and easements to begin construction on the controversial pipeline. Parsippany is one of the townships in the forefront of a movement against Pilgrim Oil Pipeline.
The recommendation brought by Council President Paul Carifi, as a result of his communication with resident Ken Dolsky, representative for the neighborhood collation, Already Devalued and Devastated Homeowners of Parsippany (ADDHP), Carifi moved that the township draft the letter in support of a similar move made by the Township of Chatham.
“We plan to have the letter drafted by the next meeting,” Carifi told Parsippany Focus. “I want it to go out ASAP. I feel this is a very important quality-of-life issue. We can never have an oil pipeline going through our community.”
In November, Chatham Borough became the tenth New Jersey municipality to pass a resolution opposing the construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline at its council meeting. Their vote was five to one in favor of the resolution.
The crude oil pipeline, being sought by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, would carry oil obtained by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields in two directions between Albany, N.Y., and Linden.
The pipeline is proposed to pass through approximately 30 towns.