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Albany joins New York communities opposing Bakken oil pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany has joined 25 other communities officially opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey refineries and return it as fuel products.

The Common Council passed a resolution Monday night denouncing the proposed 178-mile pipeline as an environmental risk and public health danger. The measure isn’t legally binding.

The line would be fed North Dakota crude oil carried by trains. Connecticut-based Pilgrim Holdings LLC says it’s a safer alternative to Hudson River barge transport south. But environmentalists say it would likely mean more oil trains crossing the state to Albany.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Thruway Authority are gearing up for an environmental impact review of the project.

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