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Hundreds gather for Kingston pipeline forum

Jan 31, 2017 12:03 am

The Mid-Hudson News Network is reporting the Common Council Chamber at Kingston City Hall was packed when more than 300 people turned out Sat., Jan. 28, to a forum organized by Kingston Citizens on the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines project. Speakers included a panel of Hudson Valley environmentalists, a representative of the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline as well as various public officials. “The Pilgrim Pipeline would have tremendous impact in the region, if it was built-out,” said Andy Bicking, director of public policy at Scenic Hudson. He said the project would cross more than 300 wetlands and affect water quality. Picking told the crowd that local governments have an important role to play in the process. “In many cases, local governments have the right to kind of deny the right of Pilgrim Pipeline, or any linear pipeline, to come through their community,” he said. The proposed 178-mile Pilgrim Pipeline would move Bakken crude from Albany to Linden, N.J., through Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties, and send refined crude back to Albany, largely along the I-87 corridor. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.