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Hein urges DEC to reject Thruway Authority lead agency request for Pilgrim Pipeline

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein urged the state Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos to assign the environmental review of the Pilgrim Pipeline to his agency. The Thruway Authority has requested that lead agency status.

Hein, who opposes the pipeline, said the DEC should do the study.

“Often times when people talk about the Pilgrim Pipeline, they talk about fuel oil or petroleum products have to move one way or another, so it is going to be either the train, the oil trains, or it is going to be a pipeline and that is simply not true,” the county exec said on Wednesday. “The way this is structured this will not be the train or the pipeline, it will be both. So the environmental danger to Ulster County will be multiplied and we are extremely concerned about it.”

The proposed Pilgrim Pipeline would run from Albany to Linden, New Jersey and would carry volatile Bakken crude oil in one pipe and refined oil in an adjacent pipe along the Thruway right-of-way and pass through seven Ulster County towns and the City of Kingston.

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