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Proposed Pilgrim Pipeline releases some info

Nov 28, 2015 12:03 am
[caption width="188" align="alignleft"] Image from Pilgrimpipeline.com.[/caption]William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman about newly released plans for the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, and opposition to turning over enviromental review to the Thruway Authority. The $553.2 million, 178-mile pipeline would carry Bakkan crude oil to New Jersey, and refined material back to Albany. While the pipeline largely stays near the Thruway, in Greene County, the proposed project veers east of Route 9W west of Sleepy Hollow Lake in Athens, and then back near the interstate around Leeds-Athens Road. After Catskill, the pipeline veers west of the interstate briefly around Cauterskill Road. About 90 miles of the pipeline is along the Thruway. "Pilgrim Pipeline developers filed an occupancy permit with the state Thruway Authority in August, but only made the paperwork public last week after issuing a notice to municipalities stating that the Thruway Authority was considering becoming lead agency for review. The draft state environmental impact statement was immediately criticized because it appears to have skipped steps in the review process," The Daily Freeman reports. Pilgrim Pipeline's document dump just before Thanksgiving includes impacts on several local locations. Historic sites such as Perrine’s Bridge in Esopus and the Trumpbour Farm in Saugerties would be crossed by the pipeline if built, and a proposed pump station in the town of Ulster would be constructed near a residential area. And Pilgrim Pipeline officials say bald eagles in the town of Ulster, the city of Kingston, and towns of Rosendale, New Paltz, Coxsackie, Athens, and Catskill, would be negatively impacted. Bat habitats in the city of Kingston and towns of Ulster, Rosendale, New Paltz, Catskill, Coxsackie, and Athens would also be affected. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.