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Mahwah Council Unanimously Adopts Ordinance Banning Oil Pipeline

Bloomingdale, faced with a dual pipeline installation, has passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting unregulation pipelines anywhere in town.
Bloomingdale, faced with a dual pipeline installation, has passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting unregulation pipelines anywhere in town. Photo Credit: COALITION AGAINST PILGRIM PIPELINE (CAPP)

MAHWAH, N.J. — An ordinance to ban the construction of unregulated pipelines in Mahwah was passed during a special meeting of the Township Council on Thursday night.

The move is a direct counter to a proposed oil pipeline by Pilgrim Oil Group that would travel through Mahwah and several other municipalities in Bergen and Passaic counties, including Oakland, Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale and Pequannok.

The two, proposed 178-mile pipelines would transport crude oil and refined petroleum products between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey.

With the passing of the ordinance, Mahwah joins a coalition of New York and New Jersey municipalities that are taking action to block the construction of the so-called "pilgrim pipeline."

Jon Marcus, who serves on Mahwah's planning board, said the ordinance is about protecting the township.

"The construction of such unregulated pipelines is contrary to many aspects of the Township's master Plan," he said.

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