There's opposition to pipelines throughout Northeast
Apr 01, 2015 12:02 am
Rik Stevens for the Associated Press in The Daily Freeman has a long story about opposition to natural gas pipelines in the Northeast, and high fuel prices in the region. "There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs" is the story's opening premise, and "not in my back yard" seems to be the response in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York communities where companies are trying to put pipelines. Last year Texas-based Kinder Morgan moved a proposal for one pipeline from Massachusetts after opposition there, to a more northerly route through New Hampshire. Now residents of that state are complaining. In New York, the story mentions the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline running along I-88, where 125 of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania along the route refused to sign right of way agreements. Locally, the Pilgrim Pipeline is proposed to run from Albany to New Jersey, on land near the New York State Thruway (I-87) through Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties locally. The 178-mile pipeline would carry Bakkan crude oil to New Jersey, and refined material back to Albany. While the pipeline largely stays near the Thruway, in Greene County, the proposed project veers east of Route 9W west of Sleepy Hollow Lake in Athens, and then back near the interstate around Leeds-Athens Road. After Catskill, the pipeline veers west of the interstate briefly around Cauterskill Road. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.