If you are looking for ways to make a big difference environmentally, here’s your chance. Time is critical to fund a vital, independent, environmental impact study that could stop the Pilgrim Pipeline.
Here’s the story:
The proposed new Pilgrim Pipeline would carry 200,000 barrels of frakked crude oil, one of the most explosive types of oil in the world, 178 miles through open spaces, important water resources, and some of the most densely populated communities on the planet–all the way from Albany, NY to Linden, NJ.
But did you know that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), which must okay the pipeline, must rely on applicants and third parties for environmental impact studies? With your financial support, the Sierra Club and the Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipelines (CAPP) can present just such a third party, independent, environmental impact study. Otherwise, NJDEP will have to rely only on the data the Pilgrim’s contractors provide them.
The NJDEP must decide on permit applications within 90 days of receipt, which means the time frame to complete the study may be very short. At the same time, together, we can stop the Pilgrim pipeline here and now. New Jersey Sierra Club and CAPP have retained Princeton Hydro, a highly qualified and experienced environmental engineering firm, to do this study for about $30,000–very reasonable and modest considering the expertise and time it requires. Sierra Club has generously provided $5,200 to begin the process.
In two years, the Sierra Club and CAPP have come a long way enlisting the support of nearly 40 municipalities, five counties, the state legislatures and federal lawmakers, passing many resolutions and ordinances, raising awareness and growing its supporter base, and countering Pilgrim’s claims in multiple forums. They did it all without asking us for one cent. Now, on the verge of victory, they are counting on like-minded people to protect all the gains they have worked so hard to achieve.
With so many worthy causes, we understand that many of you have to budget your giving. This year we ask you to please support this cause to protect your own water, property values and health and that of your friends and neighbors. If you can afford to give, you couldn’t put your money to better use.
Please direct any questions to:
Ken Dolsky: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Smith: email@example.com
Toni Granato: firstname.lastname@example.org