Pilgrim Pipeline Project Information
In August 2015, Pilgrim Transportation of New York, Inc. (Pilgrim) submitted an application to the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) for a Use and Occupancy Permit for the Pilgrim Pipeline Project. The application, which seeks a longitudinal use of the Thruway, was accompanied by a preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The proposed project is the construction of two new parallel pipelines ("mainlines") between Albany, New York and 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 are proposed to be constructed in New York to intermediate delivery points (existing terminals), and four pump stations and 10 meter stations would also be constructed.
As part of the review process for a Use and Occupancy Permit application, NYSTA undertakes an environmental review in accordance with the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). On November 16, 2015, NYSTA forwarded the Use and Occupancy Permit application and accompanying documents to local governments and agencies that may be potentially "involved agencies" under 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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) 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.
Project materials and SEQR related correspondence can be found on NYSDEC’s website at: