The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee focuses on the protection of the natural and historic resources in the state, as well as the management of waste disposal and recycling. The Committee is committed to preserving the quality of New Jersey's air, waters and land, as well as the health and safety of the state's residents.
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McKeon & Jasey: Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds to Long List of Pilgrim Pipeline Warning SignsAssembly Democrats Decry Plan for Albany, N.Y. to Linden, N.J. Parallel Oil Pipelines
Assemblyman John McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement on Wednesday denouncing the Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile oil pipeline that would cross 30 New Jersey municipalities. The legislators issued the statement in response to a ruptured oil pipeline that on Tuesday spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil near the Santa Barbara, California coast:
"The Santa Barbara oil spill - like the Yellowstone spill earlier this year - is an unfortunate and painstakingly clear example of the danger oil pipelines can pose to the environment. Over the last few months, New Jersey residents have been consistent in their opposition to the Pilgrim Pipeline plan, and their biggest fear, understandably, is that what's happened on the West Coast could happen here at home," McKeon said. ...