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Catskill board votes to oppose pipeline as proposed

Feb 18, 2016 7:00 am

Jim Planck is reporting in The Daily Mail the Catskill Town Board agreed unanimously, Wed., Feb. 17, to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline as currently proposed because of the adverse impact the project would have on the Leeds sewer corridor. A letter from the board expressing that opposition will be forwarded to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Thruway Authority, the co-lead agencies of the project's environmental review. 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. A portion of the Catskill section passes through the area where the town and the Greene County Industrial Development Agency are hoping to attract significant development, especially from the tourism or lodging industry. Following the vote, the board heard from Catskill business and property owner Arielle Herman with pipeline-related concerns. Herman is a member of the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline. She detailed how the pipeline is slated to be constructed across town property, but the developers have failed to reach out to the town about this plan. Herman believes Pilgrim has not acted in good faith with local governments or the public, and seems to be unconcerned about local impacts or the fears that residents may have about the project. DOWNLOAD or play Herman's full presentation to the Catskill Town board (14:28). A recording of the entire board workshop meeting can be found at Wave Farm [dot] org [slash] archive. All Catskill Town Board meetings are live streamed at wgxc.org.