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Pilgrim Pipeline Project

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Description of Action

The proposed action is the construction of 2 new parallel pipelines ("mainlines") between Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey. One of the mainline pipelines would carry crude oil southbound from Albany and the second parallel mainline would carry refined petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and kerosene) northbound from Linden.

The project proposal indicates that each mainline would be approximately 169.89 miles long, each having 116.4 miles in New York State. Approximately 79 percent of the mainlines in New York would be installed within the New York State Thruway (NYS Thruway) right-of-way (ROW); 7.5 percent would be co-located with other roads, utilities or railroads; and the remaining 13.5 percent would be newly acquired ROW. The mainline pipelines would each be up to 20 inches in diameter and would be capable of transporting the equivalent of 200,000 barrels of oil per day. In addition to the mainlines, five single pipe product lateral pipelines would be constructed in New York to intermediate delivery points (existing terminals), and four pump stations and 10 meter stations would also be constructed.

In August 2015, Pilgrim submitted an application to the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) for a Longitudinal Use and Occupancy Permit for the Pilgrim Pipeline Project. The application was accompanied by a preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Pilgrim's Application states that the purpose of the project is to provide a safe and reliable means of transporting crude oil between Albany, New York and the Linden, New Jersey area and refined petroleum products from Linden to Albany.

On November 16, 2015, the NYSTA forwarded the Use and Occupancy Permit application to local governments and agencies that may be potentially "involved agencies" under the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQR") requesting that these agencies indicate if they desire to become "lead agency" for the coordinated SEQR review of the Project. On December 21, 2015, the Department and the Thruway Authority entered an agreement to act as co-lead agencies for the environmental review of the proposed pipeline and a Memorandum of Agreement was developed on February 1, 2016 which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the co-lead agencies.

On September 14, 2016, the Department and NYSTA as co-lead agencies pursuant to SEQR, published a positive declaration which requires the preparation of a DEIS for the proposed project. The co-lead agencies also agree that there will be a scoping process and an extended comment period on the draft scope once it is published. The purpose of scoping comment period is to provide the public and other involved agencies an opportunity to help determine the scope of subjects that will be studied in the DEIS concerning the Pilgrim Pipeline.

Location:

The proposed pipelines will be located on a linear right-of-way within Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Ulster, Orange and Rockland Counties, New York.

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