ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Thruway Authority announced that they will undertake and prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pilgrim Pipelines project.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement is a detailed review of the proposal’s impact on climate, clean air and water, and more.
The pipelines, which are being pushed by Pilgrim Transportation of New York, Inc., will span nearly 170 miles from Albany to New Jersey, going through six New York counties.
It will also come with a proposed oil heating facility at the Port of Albany, which would permanently relegate Albany to be a natural global oil transport hub.
“As a matter of law, the state needs to conduct this review,” said the air and energy director for Environmental Advocates of New York, Conor Bambrick. “But in practical terms, there is no way Pilgrim Pipelines pass New York’s climate test. Through the 2015 State Energy Plan Governor Cuomo has boldly stated that New York is moving entirely away from fossils fuels by 2050. The project sponsors know this, but are intent on remaking Albany into ‘Oilbany’ and continue to push a project that communities along the route have rejected and that is completely out of line with New York’s cleaner, healthier future.”
The DEC and Thruway Authority say the pipeline has potential for significant adverse impacts to the environment and communities.
Pilgrim Holdings, LLC., says it’s a safer alternative to the Hudson River Barge Transport.
But environmental groups and numerous communities oppose the pipeline, citing environmental and public safety concerns.
According to the Environmental Advocates of New York, they say the public can expect next steps to include:
- Pipeline proponents disclosing a complete scope of the environmental and public health impacts of their proposal, followed by the state leading a robust public review and comment period.
- Then, based on data, concerns, and independent analysis, the Cuomo Administration will prepare the Draft EIS, which includes but is not limited to, a climate change test, assessment of impacts on environmental justice communities, water pollution controls, wetlands protections, and much more.