Pilgrim’s Proposed Pipelines …
- Two parallel pipelines, 170 miles each, between Albany, NY and Linden, NJ; plus over 12 miles of single-pipe lateral lines.
- Bakken shale oil would be sent south; refined products (including kerosene) would be sent north.
- November 18, 2015 update: Pilgrim has filed for permits in New York. You can see their NY filing documents here. See our press release in response here.
- Crossing 5 N.J counties, 6 N.Y counties, 30 N.J. towns, 25 N.Y. municipalities, & environmentally fragile areas/sources for water. See the maps here.
- Much of route would use existing utility or highway rights-of-way, but additional tracts required.
- Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC is led by 4 oil industry executives, including two former Koch Industries, Inc. managers.
- It receives financial support from parent corporation Ares Management, L.P.
- Pilgrim outsources all planning, design, engineering and construction work.
- For more details, see the Finance page.
- See Pilgrim representatives in a rare public appearance here.
- Major impact on environment, public health and property values.
- Communities bear all of the burden along the path.
No upside, only negatives. Emergency response. Property values. Construction traffic.
- Cements regional reliance on risky fossil fuel and oil infrastructure.
Susceptible to corrosion and leakage problems.
- Transported products dangerous to humans and environment.
Bakken shale oil is highly volatile, involved in many accidents.
- Damaging effects on urban communities and open spaces through which it would pass.
Areas include the Hudson Valley, Catskills, NY/NJ Highlands.
- Could see wetlands destroyed, critical habitats leveled and impact to waterways.
Endangered and threatened species affected. More erosion due to construction.
- Leaks threaten the water supply for our homes, businesses, and schools.
- Federal inspection/regulation insufficient.
Just 135 inspectors oversee 2.6 million miles of pipeline. Only 1/5th has been inspected in the past 8 years.
- Shale oil fracking has harmful impact. Contributes to climate change crisis.
Water depletion, toxic air emissions, waste-water, methane release.
- Pilgrim’s claims about job creation are inflated and not credible.
- See a point-by-point rebuttal to Pilgrim’s claims here.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Contact your municipal officials; ask them to adopt resolutions opposing the pipeline. Many towns already have.
- Join with coalition members at municipal hearings to show your support.
- Ask your state legislators to oppose the pipeline project. See the links on the left side of this page.
- Thank PSE&G for denying Pilgrim’s request to use its existing right-of-way in NJ, and ask them to continue to support our communities by standing by this decision. See a sample letter here.
- Subscribe to Pilgrim Pipeline Action Alerts to receive updates in your email.
- Prevent Pilgrim from surveying your land. You are under no legal obligation to grant permission.
- New Yorkers can sign the petition urging Gov. Cuomo and others to reject Pilgrim’s proposal. You can also urge your representatives in the Assembly and Senate to support the bill that would ensure that all New York municipalities along the proposed route have a role in the approval process (see the left column for contact info).
- Make a donation to the NJ Pilgrim Environmental Study. Details here.