Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Protests of Proposed Gas Pipeline in Ramapo Reservation Planned for Staturday


Contact: Matt Smith    201-321-1967

Help Save the Ramapo Reservation
Hike and Protest the Proposed Pipeline

          This Saturday, May 5, there will be two opportunities to protest the expansion and construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline through the Ramapo Reservation. The first begins at 8:45 am at The Carmel Retreat, 1071 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, New Jersey. Parking is available. Everyone will meet there and hike along Bear Swamp Road to the proposed site of the pipeline.
          Following the hike, the protest will move to the Ramapough Lunaape Ceremonial Land at 95 Halifax Road in Mahwah, across Ramapo Valley Road from Ramapo College, at 12:00 noon. There will be a rally addressed by various speakers to talk about the proposed pipeline expansion, the harm it will cause, and what will be done to stop it.
          Tennessee Oil Company has plans to expand its already existing pipeline, which currently runs through environmentally sensitive areas of northern New Jersey. Should this expansion be approved by government agencies, it will run through the highly popular Ramapo Reservation, which is not only a valued hiking and outdoor recreation spot for college students and locals, but also a protected tribal land. Environmental effects have already been more than noticeable in the areas that the pipeline already runs through, and it is expected that the expansion will cause just as bad, if not worse effects in its new site.

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--Victoria Ahlers

1 comment:

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