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Risks of the Pilgrim Pipelines

JoshFoxPilgrimMapPilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC has proposed to construct two parallel pipelines each up to 20 inches in diameter that would run from Albany, NY to Linden, NJ along the NYS Thruway and through private property. One pipeline would transport crude oil south while the other pipeline would carry refined products north. In total, the pipelines would cover some 170 miles (including five laterals totaling nearly 13 miles), impacting 31 municipalities in Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland counties.

The proposal, described in more detail below has the potential for significant environmental impacts according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The pipelines and its five laterals are proposed to cross the Hudson River twice and every major tributary on the west side of the Hudson, in addition to 232 regulated streams and countless other aquatic resources. Additionally, there will be four pump stations and 215 permanent access roads and temporary access roads at every mile.

The proposal is a risk to the Hudson River, its tributaries and the communities in the path of the proposed project. Concerned with these significant risks, over two dozen cities, villages and towns have passed resolutions formally opposing the construction of the Pilgrim oil pipelines.

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