Saugerties board: 'No confidence' on pipeline plan
Jun 19, 2015 6:45 am
Brian Hubert is reporting in the Daily Freeman the Saugerties Town board passed a no confidence resolution Wed., Jun. 18, in relation to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline project. If constructed, the pipeline would move Bakken crude from Albany to Linden, NJ, through Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties, and send refined crude back to Albany, largely along the I-87 corridor. Citing the resolution, Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the company failed to demonstrate to town officials that it was applying for the necessary permits from the appropriate state agencies, adding that it also failed to show if it was complying with regulations under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. He said Pilgrim also failed to adequately address questions about project investors and how the necessary financing would be procured. Town officials canceled a scheduled public forum on the project Thu., Jun 18, after Pilgrim representatives decided not to attend. Helsmoortel said company officials balked at an agenda that gave them 30 minutes to speak and 30 minutes each to representatives of environmental groups Riverkeeper and Catskill Mountainkeeper. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.