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.

Click here to see a detailed Q&A on our FAQs page

  • 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.
    Only 188 Federal  and 340 State 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.


Click here for more background details

ColonyPool_and_routeThe Pilgrim Pipeline would follow the power line route across the street from the spring-fed Colony Pool in Chatham, NJ
Photo by Kathy Abbott

pipelinewalkers2Construction of another North Jersey pipeline
Photo courtesy of Northjersey Pipeline Walkers

oil spill in arkansasOil spill in Arkansas
Photo source: Environmental Protection Agency

One response to “Overview

  1. Fracking is the most destructive method of petroleum extraction, and with renewable energy beating oil last year in price and efficacy these pipelines are remnnts of the industrial revolution- not 200 years later in the digital age.


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