As you may know, Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings has proposed to construct two parallel pipelines that would run from Albany, NY to Linden, NJ along the NYS Thruway and through private property. One pipeline would transport crude oil south while the other would carry refined products north. The pipelines would have a combined capacity of 16.8 million gallons per day.
In total, the pipelines would cover some 170 miles, impacting 31 New York communities in Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland counties.
The proposal presents serious risks to the Hudson River and its tributaries, adjacent wetlands, drinking water supplies, endangered species and the communities in the path of the pipelines. Concerned by these risks, over thirty communities formally oppose the pipelines.
Take Action: Urge your NY State Senators to cosponsor and pass Senate Bill S.5139 (Amedore). This bill would update the 1909 Transcorp Law to give towns the authority to accept or reject the construction of any new pipeline within their jurisdictions. Currently, the law prohibits the construction of pipelines through villages and cities, absent approval from the board or council authorizing the project. Towns were left out in 1909: it’s time to update the law by including towns. Direct pressure from constituents can accomplish this!
Please call the New York State Senate switchboard at 518-455-2800 and urge your Senator to support Senate Bill S.5139.
Thank you for your support!