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Opponents knock New York-New Jersey oil pipeline

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups and some homeowners are raising objections to a planned billion-dollar pipeline that would carry North Dakota crude oil from the Port of Albany to New Jersey refineries.

Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, a Connecticut-based developer, says a pipeline would be safer and more "environmentally friendly" than current rail and river barge oil shipment. But opponents including the Sierra Club and 37 other organizations said Tuesday that a pipeline would expose a densely populated and environmentally sensitive region to the risks of accidents and devastating spills.

The groups are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to oppose the project, which requires various state permits.

A company spokesman says the 178-mile pipeline is still in the planning stages.