New Paltz, Kingston, want DEC on pipeline
Nov 27, 2015 12:02 am
Brian Nearing in the Albany Times-Union reports that New Paltz lawmakers want the Department of Environmental Conservation, not the Thruway Authority, leading the environmental review of the Pilgrim Pipeline. The pipeline would travel 170 miles from the port of Albany to New Jersey, running along the thruway for 90 miles. The 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. Recently the DEC said it may turn over the environmental review of the proposed pipeline to the Thruway Authority. New Paltz has already voted to oppose the change, and Kingston's Common Council will vote on a similar proposal Dec. 1. Kingston city lawmakers voted in January 2015 to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.