Pilgrim Pipeline Background Paper by Jen Metzger, Co-Director, CLP (November 2014).
FOR PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG THE PILGRIM
You are not legally obligated to give the company access to survey your property!
The Pilgrim Pipeline
Contact Governor Cuomo and urge him to oppose the Pilgrim Pipelines project, which contradicts New York’s role as a leader in fighting climate change and promoting renewable energy.
Video of Saugerties Public Forum on the Pilgrim Pipeline (January 10, 2015).
MATERIALS FROM CLP's PILGRIM PIPELINE PUBLIC FORUM AT SUNY-NEW PALTZ, NY (November 17, 2014):
Coalition to Stop Pilgrim Pipeline, for additional info and resources.
Maps of proposed Pilgrim Pipeline Route.
A WIDESPREAD GRASSROOTS AND LOCAL government campaign is underway across Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland counties to stop the construction of twin oil pipelines from the Port of Albany, NY, to a refinery in Linden, New Jersey—one carrying fracked and highly volatile Bakken crude oil and potentially, Canadian crude oil, and the other carrying products refined from this crude oil. The construction of the first crude oil pipeline in New York would set a dangerous precedent for expanding permanent infrastructure for this dirty, climate-polluting fossil fuel at a time when New York is seeking to be a leader in transitioning to a renewable energy system. The effect of the pipelines would be to add capacity for transporting crude oil in New York, in addition to transport by rail, tanker, and barge. The pipelines could increase the number of “bomb trains” destined for the Port of Albany and will do nothing to reduce the bomb train traffic south of Albany, which is bound for refineries in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
PILGRIM PIPELINE HOLDINGS—a company led by former Koch Industry executives—has proposed to use the New York Thruway right-of-way for a substantial portion of the project (estimated to be 78%), and in August, 2015 submitted an application to the NY Thruway Authority (NYSTA) for an occupancy permit. On November 16, NYSTA notified all “involved agencies,” including the 37 municipalities through which the pipelines would pass, that the Authority was seeking to be lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) for the project. In a show of overwhelming opposition, 29 municipalities objected to NYSTA’s bid and requested that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) serve as lead agency instead. Towns pointed out that only DEC had the requisite authority and expertise to conduct an extensive review of the environmental and climate impacts of the project, and also expressed their strong concern that NYSTA had a potential conflict of interest because of fees the Authority could collect from the project for use of its right-of-way.
JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, THE DEC RESPONDED with an offer to “co-lead” the environmental review with the Thruway Authority—a poor compromise that does not address town and public concerns and goes against the DEC’s own policy of discouraging co-lead agency in SEQR reviews. The City of Kingston and the Town of Rosendale have both opposed this new proposal and have called on DEC to serve as sole lead agency. Other towns that are expected to follow suit. If your town, village, or city is in the pathway of the proposed Pilgrim pipelines, ask your local government to deny consent to the latest lead agency proposal (see example letter from the Town of Rosendale). You can also write Governor Cuomo and urge him to oppose the Pilgrim Pipelines project, which contradicts New York’s role as a leader in fighting climate change and promoting renewable energy. Learn more at the most comprehensive web resource on the project—CAPP (Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline) and participate in the Pilgrim 101 webinar on January 21, 2016.
Participate in the Pilgrim 101 webinar on January 21, 2016.
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