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- The Hudson Valley is turning into an energy superhighway. There are already trains and barges carrying up to ten million of gallons Bakken crude oil through our region everyday. The Pilgrim Pipeline would double that amount.
- The pipelines will not replace the trains. It is more likely that they will increase the number of trains.
- Oil pipelines are statistically three times more likely to have spill accidents than trains or barges; this is true regardless of the age of the pipes.
- Although the proposed route is on the west side of the Hudson River, the east side of the river will be equally impacted. The proposed pipelines would cross over 257 streams and water bodies and would cross the Hudson River twice just south of Albany.
- On either side of the pipelines, which would run for 170 miles, large tracts of land would be torn up and forests would be felled. There would be 296 crossings of wetlands, including 25 crossings of NYSDEC freshwater wetlands.
The State Environmental Quality Review process is now underway, and a public comment period will begin in the near future. You can follow the progress of the project at the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) website. To learn more about the project's hazards and what you can do to oppose it, visit CAPP (Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines).
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