Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Halt the construction of an oil pipeline that could threaten water supplies in New York and New Jersey
Transporting and acquiring oil is often complicated and has political implications that go beyond the physical pipeline or refinery. The case of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, which would run the 150 miles between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey, is no exception. Also, beyond the ultimate product, building a pipeline is dangerous enough to outweigh any benefit.
The company behind the pipeline, Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, has stated that the pipeline is ultimately safer than the current oil transport method, which involves shipping oil along the Hudson River on a barge. Obviously the company that is building the pipeline wants to see it completed, and is therefore more likely to present skewed information. Not to mention, bakken shale oil (which is what would be running through the pipeline) is highly volatile. Whenever an oil-related spill or explosion occurs, this type of oil is usually involved.
Also, the proposed pipeline would run through the Highlands region of New Jersey. This area houses the water for more than half the state, so development of this area has historically been prohibited or restricted. Running shale oil through New Jersey’s biggest water source is highly dangerous and risky.
Environmental groups and oil companies can go back and forth all day long as to what is safer, barges or pipelines. However, ultimately, we need to decrease our dependence on oil. Instead of looking at how to make oil less explosive and destructive, we should be looking at ways to stop using it altogether—creating infrastructure to run shale oil underneath New Jersey and New York is not the way to realize that goal. Therefore, please sign the petition below to stop the building of this pipeline, which would threaten the environment and ensure oil dependence in the region for years to come.
Dear Governors Christie and Cuomo,
There are many reasons as to why the Pilgrim Pipeline is good, and just as many for why it is bad. While it would ultimately be less risky than floating oil on barges down the Hudson River, the undertaking of such a project is incredibly dangerous for the health of the environment as well as your citizens. It may be more efficient, but it would also run volatile shale oil under the Highlands.
However, the main reason that the Pilgrim Pipeline should not be built is because we should not be maintaining our dependence on oil. We need to begin exploring the mass use of sustainable energy sources and stop creating infrastructure for oil. I urge you to halt the construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline and instead protect our environment by seeking out renewable energy sources.
[Your Name Here]
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