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Watch: A Prayerful Resistance to the Pilgrim Pipeline

Jake Ratner Aug 30

The Pilgrim Pipeline — a proposed 178-mile dual-interstate pipeline that would carry fracked Bakken crude oil south from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey and refined petroleum projects (heating oil, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene) north — has been the focus of a years-long opposition by environmental groups like the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline and Food and Water Watch.

This year, another group joined the movement. Returning from Standing Rock, North Dakota, the Ramapough Lenape Nation learned of the proposed pipeline and established the Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp on their ceremonial land in Mahwah, New Jersey to prayerfully protest the pipeline.

While Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC argues the pipeline would be an improvement to current barge and rail transportation systems, the tribe says the pipeline poses a risk to their drinking water. The proposed route would traverse 257 water bodies, including the Wallkill River, Esopus and Rondout creeks, and would cross the Hudson River at two points. The Ramapough and Buried Valley aquifers — the sole sources of drinking water for dozens of municipalities — also stand in the pipeline’s path. The tribe worries a major pipeline spill could contaminate not only its drinking water, but water for the millions of New York and New Jersey residents.

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Photo credit (top): Jake Ratner/Leave It Better.