The Pilgrim Pipeline is slated to run through the Ramapough Lenape Nation’s territory—though the tribe is preparing to fight it.
Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation live just 30 miles outside of New York City, near Mahwah, New Jersey. They’ve grown accustomed to gas stations and further development entering their community and covering tribal burial grounds.
Potentially next on the list is a pair of oil pipelines that would run from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey.
The New York Times explores the Ramapough’s battle against this pipeline system in a story published today (April 14). Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings proposed the two 178-mile-long pipelines in 2014, but it wasn’t until the protest movement grew at Standing Rock last fall that the tribe decided to set up its own camp: the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp.