New York state regulators have ruled that a proposed dual oil pipeline project must undergo a full environmental review as it could likely have significant negative impacts on the environment and surrounding communities.
Both the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced Wednesday that the Pilgrim Pipeline project will be required for review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and communities will be given a period of time for public comment.
The dual pipelines would run largely along the New York Thruway corridor. One pipeline would take oil from the Port of Albany to refineries in Linden. The other pipeline would transport refined fuel products from Linden back to Albany.
In the environmental declaration, regulators state that the proposed route of the project is “unprecedented” and could be dangerous for public transportation and commerce.
Regulators also noted that the route would cross water bodies at over 250 locations and travel through at least eight public parks.
Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, the developers of the pipelines, say the proposed project would “provide the region with a far safer and more environmentally-sound way of transporting petroleum products.”