Rhinebeck votes against pipeline
Dec 11, 2014 12:10 am
William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that the Rhinebeck Town Board -- though on the other side of the Hudson River -- passed a resolution Dec. 8 opposing the proposed 178-mile Pilgrim Pipeline. The pipeline would carry Bakken crude oil from Albany to New Jersey and send refined oil products back to Albany, largely along I-87. In Greene County, the proposed project veers east of Route 9W west of Sleepy Hollow Lake, and then back near the interstate around Leeds-Athens Road. After Catskill, the pipeline veers west of the interstate briefly around Cauterskill Road. The Rhinebeck board voted 4-0 vote, with Councilman Joseph Gelb absent, not to support the proposal. “Bakken oil is a particular volatile sort of oil that is produced via fracking, which is a technology that we’re all increasingly familiar with,” Jessica Scott, a member of the group Citizens for Local Power said. “Bakken has led recently to some pretty dramatic incidents with rail accidents that (have) led to a loss of life because of its particularly volatile nature.”resources.” Last week, the Rochester Town Board in Ulster County adopted a resolution that supported the town boards of Rosendale and New Paltz, which have formally objected to the pipeline proposed to run through their towns. Pilgrim Pipeline Transportation of New York earlier this year sent right-of-entry and survey permission agreements to some Rosendale residents, who were told the company must conduct a survey for environmental and archaeological information. If the pipeline is accepted, some properties would be taken over by emminent domain. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.