- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hudson Valley communities are weighing in on the environmental review of a proposed pipeline from Albany to New Jersey.

The state Thruway Authority has asked for lead agency status in the review of the Pilgrim Pipeline plan. The proposed pipeline would follow the Thruway corridor most of the way through eastern New York.

Municipalities have until Dec. 16 to comment on the Thruway Authority’s application for lead agency status. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation this week saying DEC should lead the environmental study.

The Kingston Common Council adopted a resolution Tuesday opposing the authority acting as lead agency.

A DEC spokesman says no decision has been made on the authority’s request. He said there will be a rigorous review whether DEC is an “involved” or “lead” agency.

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