Scenic Hudson Disappointed by Decision on Lead Agency for Pilgrim Pipeline Environmental Review

Monday, December 21, 2015 -- Scenic Hudson

Jay Burgess
Director of Communications, Scenic Hudson, Inc.
Tel: (845) 473-4440 x222 Cell: (914) 489-0362 Fax: (845) 473-0740

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Scenic Hudson said it objects to a decision that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would not be solely responsible for leading an environmental review for the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline project. The group said that giving the Thruway Authority joint lead agency status with DEC could undermine the thoroughness of examining major potential environmental and public health impacts that could result if the pipeline is constructed.

Scenic Hudson Director of Environmental Advocacy Hayley Carlock said, “Getting it wrong on this project could imperil the health, economies and private and commercial properties along a huge section of the Hudson River. With stakes this high, it’s no surprise that nearly all of the villages, towns, cities and counties along the proposed route joined Scenic Hudson and environmental allies is clearly calling for the DEC to manage the environmental review. We’re concerned about the implications of this decision. Scenic Hudson is prepared to participate constructively in the environmental review process to seek a comprehensive review with ample opportunities for public input.”

Scenic Hudson’s comments on the lead agency matter can be downloaded here.

About Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 25,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources. To date Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced more than 65 parks, preserves and historic sites up and down the Hudson River and conserved more than 35,000 acres.