Oil pipeline proposed from New Jersey to Albany would pass through Mid-Hudson Valley

Daily Freeman | May 12, 2014 | Mid-Hudson News Network Column

An oil pipeline proposed to run between Albany and New Jersey would pass through the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The route of the proposed pipeline Image from pilgrimpipeline.com

One pipe in the dual-line project would bring refined product from refineries in Linden, N.J., to Albany, while the other line would bring crude product from Albany to Linden. 

The Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC website does not offer a detailed route, but the Albany Times Union has reported the route under consideration is the New York State Thruway right-of-way from Albany to I-287, near Spring Valley. 

The Pilgrim Pipeline project essentially would replace barge shipments of oil on the Hudson River, said company Vice President for Development George Bochis. 

“It is probably one of the oldest traveled routes for crude oil movement in the country, and still, for the most part, is being utilized as the traditional river barge traffic, which is the most dangerous and least efficient way to move petroleum products,” Bochis said. “But because it has always been done that way, it has always been done that way. We are just bringing a new look to it, bringing it up to the modern construction techniques and movement of petroleum products.” 

Michael Edelstein, president of Orange Environment, Inc., is concerned about the pipeline proposal, which he said would have the potential for leaking. 

“This oil and gas boom we are having is wonderful in some ways, but the downsides of it are really substantial, not the least of which are clinging onto the petroleum and fossil fuel economy ... and the repercussions for climate change and the incredible pollution potential and hazard potential associated with every aspect of this business,” Edelstein said. 

Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, based in Canaan, Conn., would only provide the vehicle to transport the product, Bochis said. 

The 178-mile, $1 billion construction project would require four crews of 650 workers each, the company says.


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