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Village of Saugerties officials urged to oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

Feb 18, 2016 12:03 am

William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman Pilgrim Pipeline foes are urging the Saugerties Village Board to join other municipal officials in calling for a halt to the $533 million project. Bill Barr, a member of the group Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, told the board this week that village officials should be concerned about the project because the pipelines would be nearby. 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. Barr contends that U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show problems with such pipelines are inevitable. Village officials did not commit to joining the opposition, but Mayor William Murphy asked for updates on the project’s environmental reviews. Pilgrim spokesman Paul Nathanson said this week the company stands by its claim that the project would reduce the number of barges and trains carrying crude and petroleum products in the state. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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