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Three more communities oppose Thruway and DEC co-leading environmental review of Pilgrim Pipeline

MID-HUDSON – The towns of Cornwall and New Paltz and the City of Albany this week have all gone on record opposed to the Thruway Authority and state Department of Environmental Conservation sharing co-lead agency status in the environmental review for the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline along the Thruway corridor.

Recently the City of Kingston and Town of Rosendale also adopted similar resolutions.

The grassroots group Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines-NY opposes the project for environmental reasons as well as the co-lead agency status that includes the Thruway Authority, said its director, Iris Marie Bloom of High Falls.

"The Thruway Authority does not have the environmental expertise to do a proper environmental review. Most importantly, they stand to benefit financially if they were to give Pilgrim pipelines, two proposed crude oil and petroleum pipelines which would be very destructive to the environment, permission to use the Thruway's right of way," Bloom said.

An earlier proposal to make the Thruway Authority the sole lead agency in the environmental review was opposed by 29 municipalities up and down the Hudson River.



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