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Mahwah Planning Board Approves Oil Pipeline Ordinance After Reorganizing

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)
Jonathan Marcus, Todd Sherer, Steve Sbarra and Stephen Lo Iacono being sworn in by Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet.
Jonathan Marcus, Todd Sherer, Steve Sbarra and Stephen Lo Iacono being sworn in by Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet. Photo Credit: Jonathan Marcus

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Mahwah Planning Board on Monday night approved an ordinance introduced by the township council last month to prohibit unregulated pipelines in any zoning district in Mahwah.

The move is a direct counter to a proposed oil pipeline by Pilgrim Oil Group that would transfer crude oil and refined petroleum products between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey.

The pipeline would go through Mahwah and several other municipalities in Bergen and Passaic counties, including Oakland, Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale and Pequannok.

The ordinance will now be sent back to the town council and voted on at the January 21 work session. Mahwah Mayor Bill Larforet told Daily Voice he expects the ordinance to pass the council.

"This planning board has done its work," Laforet said.

The approval was made after the reorganization meeting.

Among the members appointed were Stephen Lo Iacono, Jonathan Marcus, Steven Sbarra, Todd Sherer, and Daniel Weixeldorfer.

The board also elected new leadership positions for the 2016 term. Todd Sherer was elected to Chairman, Jeremiah Crean was elected to Vice Chairman, Daniel Weixeldorfer was elected to Secretary, and Ward Donigian was elected to Assistant Secretary.

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