New York Regulators Order Full Environmental Review for Pilgrim Pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review.

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities.

The pipelines would carry North Dakota crude oil to New Jersey refineries and return gasoline and other fuels to Albany.

Connecticut-based Pilgrim Holdings LLC says it’s a safer alternative to Hudson River barge transport. Environmental groups and numerous communities oppose the pipelines, citing environmental and safety concerns.

About 79 percent of the project would lie within the New York State Thruway right of way.

A public comment period will be held to determine the scope of the environmental review.

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