“A coalition of conservation groups want to use the New York Transportation Corporation Law, first passed in 1909, to stop Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC’s proposal to build two parallel running pipelines 178 miles between Albany and Linden, New Jersey. Kate Hudson, director of cross watershed initiatives for Riverkeeper, said the law gives villages and cities “veto power” over anyone who seeks to build pipelines on their lands.
“Corporations have to come to the cities and villages, and ask permission to build a pipeline through their borders,” Hudson said. “That’s the specific language of the law.”
“The transportation law states in Section 87 that, “No pipe line shall be constructed into or through any incorporated village or city … unless authorized by a resolution” passed by each of their legislative bodies by a two-thirds vote.
Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC proposed to construct parallel running pipelines about two years ago, which would carry refined oil products — including gasoline, diesel, and home heating oil — and Bakken crude oil southward.”
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