Length of pipeline: The 178-mile project consists of two separate, parallel underground lines running between supply and distribution terminals in Albany and the New York Harbor area.
Northbound details: The pipeline would carry refined products like gasoline, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel and home heating from New Jersey refineries and storage facilities to points north.
Southbound details: The pipeline would carry crude oil to the south from storage facilities in Albany.
Volume: The pipeline would handle an estimated 200,000 barrels in each direction each day, approximating the amount of fuels currently transported up and down the Hudson by other modes of transportation.
Latest technology used: New pipelines deploy an array of technological advances, including automatic shut-off valves, internal scans, computerized metallurgy, 24/7 monitoring, and more.
Existing Rights-of-Way: Pilgrim will be built almost exclusively along existing rights-of-way, minimizing disruption to citizens throughout the route while allowing for the most environmentally sound, safest and least disruptive approach to this project.
Construction: The pipeline can be built in one construction season. The parameters of all construction activities are set in advance and will be restricted to the right-of-way and any temporary workspace areas designated by regulators. Crews will be limited to specific roads agreed to in advance.
Regulatory oversight: Pilgrim is conducting this project in full compliance with a broad spectrum of relevant regulations covering everything from the initial route mapping process to construction, operation of the pipeline system, and much more.
Cost of the planned pipeline: Pilgrim is committed to building this critical infrastructure project without the use of taxpayer funds.
Targeted operational start and other key dates: Pilgrim is filing applications with a host of appropriate regulatory agencies in New York and New Jersey. The start time of the project is ultimately guided by the progress of a very comprehensive regulatory review process. Applications that have already been filed can be found here.
Jobs directly and indirectly: The project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and over 40 long-term positions to operate and maintain the system. To help ensure the highest standards of quality and safety, we are committed to using skilled union labor for construction activities.
Benefits in an emergency: Pilgrim has off-ramping potential for emergency fuel supply during severe storm incidents or other unplanned situations, allowing state and local first responders to access critical fuel products when supplies such as gasoline are cut off, helping alleviate crisis-driven supply shortages in the region.
Improved efficiency: Pilgrim will provide a more economically efficient means of transporting oil and refined products to our region, delivering critical fuels to existing terminals in New York and New Jersey more efficiently and at a lower rate than currently available modes of transport.
Best possible route: Pilgrim will provide a safer and more environmentally sound means for delivering key fuel products to the region. Our overriding objective is to minimize environmental impact by using existing rights-of-way, and carefully studying every inch of the route to ensure the best possible route with the least intrusive impact.
Lower GHG emissions: Another benefit of delivering fuel by pipeline in lieu of barges involves emissions reductions. A study by an independent environmental firm shows that transporting oil and refined products along the Hudson via pipeline instead of barge would bring a 20% reduction in GHG emissions.
Reduced Hudson spill risk: Bringing Pilgrim online will mean lower risk of a spill in the busy New York Harbor, which could potentially devastate New Jersey’s shoreline and summer tourist industry, a longstanding source of concern.
Pipeline track record: Pipelines have a long track record of reliability, delivering 99.999% of all fuel safely and reliably. Their efficiency and dependability make them by far the preferred mode for delivering fuels throughout the U.S.
Safeguards: Today’s pipelines incorporate a variety of environmental safeguards, including deeper installation with “bored crossings” under highways and rivers; locating automated shut-off valves on either side of sensitive water body crossings; fusion bonded epoxy coating as well as a cathodic protection system (sacrificial metal) attached to the pipe before being placed in the ground; and more.
Risks of continued use of barges, trains and trucks: Unlike current modes of transportation, Pilgrim will be underground and impervious to major weather events. This would alleviate concerns among end users—businesses and consumers alike—currently subject to the risk of bottlenecks and supply shortages from disruptions such as storms or severe weather conditions.
Community and Municipality Engagement
Meetings with state and local elected officials: We have conducted extensive, in-person outreach from the beginning of the project. Pilgrim has met with representatives from every municipality along the proposed route in both New York and New Jersey. Pilgrim has also met with county officials from every county along the route. Pilgrim has also met with state-level and federal Congressional representatives.
Meetings with community leaders: All in all, Pilgrim has held nearly one hundred meetings with local community officials to discuss the pipeline and answer questions about local and regional impact.
Union and business support: Pilgrim has earned the support and trust of a broad range of business and union organizations in New Jersey and New York alike who understand the benefits that an improved energy infrastructure delivery system will bring to the region.
Ongoing outreach: Pilgrim continues to meet extensively with local, state and federal officials to discuss the project. As plans move forward, numerous public hearing opportunities will occur in which local citizens and elected representatives will discuss the project with our management team.