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Pilgrim Pipeline opponents conduct forum

Nov 18, 2014 11:00 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="450"] The Pilgrim Pipeline route.
(Courtesy frackfreecatskills.org)[/caption]

William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman opponents of the proposed 178-mile long Pilgrim Pipeline are developing a base for their plans to keep the lines for Bakkan crude oil and refined material from being laid along the state Thruway. Speakers from Riverkeeper, Earthworks, and Citizens for Local Power last week drew approximately 120 people to a meeting at SUNY New Paltz. The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate political action and outline the reasons for preventing the project from moving forward. Pilgrim Pipeline officials want to lay lines from Albany to Linden, New Jersey, with one pipe taking Bakken crude oil south to refineries. The other pipe would send refined gas and diesel north. Opposition groups encouraged audience members to write to the state Thruway Authority, state Department of Transportation, state Department of Environmental Conservation and elected representatives to voice opposition to the pipeline. In an email exchange with the Freeman following the meeting, a Pilgrim Pipeline spokesman said the positions taken by the opponents did not represent any new arguments. "There doesn't seem [to be] anything new from what the Sierra Club and other anti-fossil fuel groups say about any pipeline anywhere in the United States," he wrote. The New Paltz Town Board on Wed., Nov. 19, will be asked to pass a resolution in opposition to the pipelines. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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