People call for NY Gov. Cuomo to kill the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines, which would threaten the Ramapo River watershed and local public water supplies

Posted on 28 January 2017 by Editor

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence attended a presentation by Dr. Chuck Stead on the history of paint sludge contamination in Torne Valley. St. Lawrence introduced a Pilgrim Pipelines resolution opposes the pipelines and the danger the present to the Ramapo River watershed and public water supplies of Suffern and Rockland County residents.

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence attended a presentation by Dr. Chuck Stead on the history of paint sludge contamination in Torne Valley, Ringwood and its impact on the Ramapough Indians. After receiving a report from Environmental Consultant Geoff Welch, St. Lawrence introduced a resolution opposing the Pilgrim Pipelines to the Town Council as they pose a threat to the Ramapo River watershed and public water supplies of Suffern and Rockland County residents.

It was a big week for oil pipelines. An executive order from the White House set into motion this past week the permitting process for two controversial oil pipelines, the proposed transnational Keystone XL that would run from Canada to Texas, and Dakota Access Pipeline. Both pipelines would cross the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest.

Cuomo Pilgrim Pipelines call to actionThis past week also marked a concerted call-in campaign to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office about the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines, which would run 178 miles from Albany, NY to Linden, NJ, 78% of the route running along the NYS Thruway corridor.

Town of Ramapo Supervisor introduced a resolution Thursday, January 26, to the Town Council that opposes construction of the Pilgrim Pipelines as they pose “an unacceptable risk to the Ramapo River watershed as well as historic Ramapough Indian sites.” The pipelines would also adversely impact the public water supply wells which serve the Suffern and Rockland County. The Town Council subsequently passed the resolution.

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence with Tuxedo resident and educator Sue Scher, who is part of a regional Tuxedo coalition that opposes the Pilgrim Pipelines due to its threat to the Ramapo River watershed and surrounding environment.

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence with Tuxedo resident and educator Sue Scher, who is part of a regional Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines in Tuxedo (CAPP-IT) as it poses a clear and present threat to the Ramapo River watershed and surrounding sensitive environment.

The current effort underway against the Pilgrim Pipelines, includes some 60 municipalities along the route and a coordinated message that Gov. Cuomo reject the NYS Thruway plan as an un-permitted use.

The proposed pipelines route circumnavigates Sloatsburg but does run through the Ramapo River watershed, in places just feet away from the river, beginning at the at the Town of Woodbury in Orange County.

“The big threat is upstream” said environmental expert and Ramapo River Watershed Keeper Geoff Welch. “It’s going to be very close to the Ramapo River for miles and in spots under the Ramapo.”

The route of the proposed pipelines actually crosses the Nakoma Brook west of Sloatsburg and passes between Cranberry and Potake Lakes in Ramapo.

Welch referenced the August 2011 early morning SOS fuel tank spill into the Ramapo River from Tuxedo, caused by Hurricane Irene, which released thousands of gallons of diesel and other fuel products into the river. The passing fuel spill woke most of Sloatsburg in alarm with the noxious smell of gas.

“The whole river valley reeked of petroleum,” Welch said of the incident.

The proposed Pilgrims Pipelines together are designed to carry 16.8 million gallons of petroleum products per day, said Welch. A pipeline failure or incident can potentially spill hundreds of thousands of gallons of petroleum products into the surrounding environment.

Proposed route of the Pilgrim Pipelines through the Town of Tuxedo which will run through sensitive wetlands along the Ramapo River. Click map to enlarge.

Proposed route of the Pilgrim Pipelines through the Town of Tuxedo which will run through sensitive wetlands along the Ramapo River. Click map to enlarge.

The Pilgrim Pipelines route filed with the state for an environmental assessment winds through parts of Tuxedo Park and Sterling Forest State Park, as well as through Pierson Lakes adjacent to Sloatsburg — any ruptures of the proposed pipelines would impact the Nakoma Brook which feeds into the Ramapo River at Rhodes North Tavern.

Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines in Tuxedo letter to NY Gov. Cuomo.

The message from groups to individuals that oppose the Pilgrim Pipelines — call NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. Pipe up to put an end to the proposed pipelines.

 

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Bob Easton Says:

    There are 2.4 million miles of pipelines carrying gas and petroleum products in the USA. They are the safest way to transport energy, and they’ve been doing it since John Rockefeller started them with kerosene in the 1880s. The energy industry has 140 years of experience and knows how to do it safely.

    Above ground storage tanks are a different story, and comparing a spill at one tank with the potential for a pipeline break is not at all an equal comparison.

    Pipelines are statistically not a “clear and present threat” and never have been.

  2. Iris Marie Bloom Says:

    Thank you for this excellent, important coverage. Good job, Town of Ramapo. These pipelines will never be built if we all “resist early and often.” The Pilgrim pipelines could spill milions of gallons cumulatively over time, with a life expectancy of 50 – 100 years (oil and gasoline pipelines can be repurposed to carry even more dangerous products, as is happening in PA with Sunoco Logistics converting a 100 year old oil pipeline to carry volatile, flammable, explosive ethane, under pressure — so don’t imagine that, if these pipelines were to be built, we would even be safe if we drop our oil consumption towards zero in 50 years. We, and our 257 rivers Pilgrim would drill through, would all still be at risk. Towns and rivers hit by major oil and gasoline pipeline spills sometimes literally never recover. Let’s stop this one now– it’s not needed, by anyone except Koch Industries, who have a horrendous oil pipeline spill track record (look it up!). If you haven’t called Gov Cuomo to urge him to stop Pilgrim Pipelines, call him this week. Right now is good. Thanks to all who care, and kudos to those who take action.

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