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Pipeline developer files application for access to Thruway corridor

Nov 19, 2015 5:52 am
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings has submitted a use and occupancy permit application for the New York Thruway section of its proposed pipeline, the company announced Wed., Nov. 18.  The application was submitted to the Thruway Authority. The Pilgrim proposal calls for shipping Bakken crude from Albany to Linden, N.J., through a pipeline that would roughly follow the Thruway corridor. Gasoline, diesel, kerosene and home heating oil would be returned to Albany via a parallel line. Approximately 80 percent of the New York state section of the pipelines would run along the Thruway corridor, passing through Greene and Ulster counties. Ulster County would have 40 miles of pipeline, while in Greene County there would be approximately 25 miles of pipeline running through the towns of New Baltimore, Coxsackie, Athens and Catskill. The company estimates that 200,000 barrels of material would flow through the pipes in each direction every day. “We are excited to begin the formal process of obtaining permits in New York for construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline,” George Bochis, Pilgrim’s vice president for development, said in a statement emailed to the media. “This step begins a comprehensive process of review and public comment in New York.” Jennifer Metzger, co-founder of the group Citizens for Local Power and also a member of the Rosendale Town Board, said the project seems to be out of touch with state and federal goals to develop alternative energy sources. Metzger said. “In New York state Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo has rejected the Port Ambrose [natural gas] project ... and the trends have been to say ‘no’ to new fossil fuel infrastructure.” Read the full story in the Daily Mail.