By Greg Lalevee
Fate of planned pipeline along Thruway right-of-way should be up to SEQRA, not left to local municipal boards
Forty years ago, following enormous effort on the part of environmentally minded citizens of New York, the state Legislature enacted the State Environmental Quality Review Act, known as SEQRA. The new law required regulators to factor in the environmental impacts of potential large-scale projects.
By Kirk S. Lippold
The issue of U.S. energy independence should not be controversial. Experts agree that strengthening our self-reliance to meet our energy needs strengthens national security.
Today, the U.S. is experiencing a renaissance in the energy industry, spurred by new technologies that increase oil and gas production. The key now, as many have observed, is ensuring that these products get to market by building the infrastructure necessary to distribute our newfound fuels.
Opinion By Thomas Koshy
I recently stopped at a Kingston railroad crossing and counted 110 bomb cars carrying crude oil from Bakken shale in North Dakota, going to New Jersey refineries. By nature, I am not an alarmist, but was concerned about potential accidents. I would rather have this oil flow through our neighborhood underground with less risk. America has to become self-sufficient in oil and gas produced here rather than halfway across the world, where we have to go to war to get it.
Environmentalists like myself insist we should go for alternative energy like solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal, etc. But the transition from dirty to clean energy is not instant. I have solar panels — 98 of them — on my property, generating all my electricity in the last 10 years, and have a hybrid electric car that gets 100 miles per gallon off my own grid.
By Scott Fallon
A group of trade unions announced their support Wednesday for a proposed oil pipeline through North Jersey in an effort to sway public opinion and persuade lawmakers to reconsider their opposition.
The Pilgrim Pipeline has faced a barrage of criticism in the past year — more than 30 town councils, five county freeholder boards and both houses of the state Legislature have passed resolutions condemning the project.
By Jeannie O’Sullivan
The proposal for an estimated $1 billion pipeline that would carry Bakken Shale oil though New Jersey and New York has shored up support from a coalition of unions and business groups, tempering the largely critical reception the plan has drawn so far.
The Coalition to Support Pilgrim Pipeline said pipelines “significantly” limit the oil spill risk compared to other modes of transportation, is kinder to the environment than trucks or barges and provides “a more reliable source of critical fuel products for Northeast U.S. consumers…