Pilgrim Pipeline To Be Reviewed by DEC and Thruway Authority

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation stated they will be reviewing the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, which would be built from Albany to Linden, New Jersey and cut through parts of Orange County, into Ramapo and Hilburn in Rockland County, and would carry Bakken Oil, gasoline, and kerosene. The DEC will co-lead the review with the State Thruway Authority, who owns much of the property the pipeline would be built on. Many residents, officials, and environmental advocacy groups urged the DEC to take part in the investigation, stating that the risks to the surrounding environment are too great to be overlooked. Ramapo environmental consultant Geoff Welch stated to the Journal News that the 178 mile long pipeline would cross through watersheds and it would be better if the Thruway Authority were not a part of the review, claiming they could benefit financially from the project, making it a conflict of interest. A spokesman for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, said in a statement on Monday that they welcome the co-leadership of the DEC and Thruway Authority, and the route of the project takes into account all environmental factors.

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