Brian Nearing in the Albany Times Union reports
that the state Department of Environmental Conservation may turn over the environmental review of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline to the Thruway Authority. A DEC spokesman on Nov. 19 said no decision has yet been made, but the Thruway Authority asked the DEC, and other state and local agencies, earlier this week to take over the review, and set a 30-day deadline for objections. The 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. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.