HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted 5-1 to oppose a proposed underground crude oil pipeline that would cut through county parkland, northjersey.com reports.
The board cited safety and environmental concerns over the 178-mile bidirectional underground Pilgrim Pipeline that would transport crude oil from Albany, N.J. to the Bayway Refinery in Linden and return refined fuel, such as gasoline and heating oil, to New York.
The precise path of the pipeline has not yet been announced. However, preliminary maps show the pipes running through 5 New Jersey counties, including portions of the Highlands, according to the northjersey.com report.
Despite opposition from Freeholders and municipalities, including Mahwah, Oakland, Ringwood, Pompton Lakes, Wanaque, Bloomingdale, Kinnelon and Pequannock, Bergen County administration officials told The Record on Friday they will still allow Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings to conduct a survey at Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah.
Freeholder boards in Union, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties have also formally opposed the pipeline.
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