September 28, 2016

97 community and environmental advocates and 211 individuals in New York and New Jersey have called on Ares Management and its investors to withdraw funding for Pilgrim Pipeline, the proposed 170-mile bi-directional oil pipelines in New York and New Jersey.

In a letter sent to Ares and several of its key investors, advocates pledged to continue to oppose the environmentally destructive pipelines, which are backed by a $195 million commitment from Ares Energy Investors Funds. Capable of carrying up to 400,000 barrels of crude oil and refined products per day, the pipelines would threaten densely populated areas, drinking water sources and wildlife habitats with potential leaks and explosions.

The full letter can be found below:


Ares Management: Stop Funding Pilgrim Pipeline!

Mr. Michael Arougheti
President, Ares Management, L.P.
2000 Avenue of the Stars
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Dear Mr. Arougheti:

WE, the undersigned opponents of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, urge you and your investors to stop funding this environmentally destructive project.

These two 170-mile bi-directional underground pipelines capable of carrying up to 400,000 barrels of crude oil and refined products per day would threaten densely populated areas, drinking water sources and wildlife habitats with potential leaks and explosions. These risks were detailed at length in a May 2016 letter from the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline to Ares Management.

In addition to posing environmental risks, the pipelines face growing community and lawmaker opposition amidst significant regulatory hurdles:

  • The pipelines are opposed by all of the municipalities along the pipelines’ proposed route in New Jersey and both houses of the state’s legislature.
  • The New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas Co. has denied Pilgrim the use of a 27-mile right-of-way, stating that “it was not in the best interests of the utility or its customers to allow access to the right of way.”
  • In New York, where village and city boards reportedly have “veto power” over pipelines crossing their borders under the Transportation Corporations Law, the project is opposed by more than 20 municipalities along the proposed route.
  • A bill was filed in the New York State Assembly that would call on the New York Thruway Authority – the largest landholder along the route – to deny the use of its right-of-way. Pilgrim has stated that alternate routes off the Thruway are not feasible.

Opposition to your pipelines continues to grow. In July two more New York municipalities – one with “veto power” – passed resolutions opposing the pipelines.

We will continue to oppose this project to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our families and communities. We ask that you and your investors publicly commit to withdraw your funding for Pilgrim Pipeline.


350Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, River Vale, NJ
Advocates for Springfield, Springfield Center, NY
Agritech Consultants, Inc., Mohegan Lake, NY
Alliance for a Green Economy, Syracuse, NY
Already Devalued and Devastated Homeowners of Parsippany, Parsippany, NJ
American Ethical Union, New York, NY
American Federation of Musicians Local 1000, New York, NY
Athens Citizens Development Committee, Athens, NY
Beacon Climate Action, Beacon, NY
Beloved Earth Community in the Riverside Church in New York, New York, NY
Bethlehem Ecodefense, Slingerlands, NY
Bronx Climate Justice North, Bronx, NY
Brooklyn For Peace, Brooklyn, NY
Buddhist Climate Action Network, New York, NY
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Fremont Center, NY
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, New Brunswick, NJ St. John and Holy Cross Church, New York, NY
Church Women United in New York State, Rochester, NY
Citizen Science Community Resources, Tonawanda, NY
Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Coalition Of Concerned Medical Professionals, New York Metropolitan Area, NY
Compressor Free Franklin, Franklin 13775, NY
Concerned Burlington Neighbors, Burlington, NY
Concerned Citizens of Otego NY, Otego, NY
Crossroads Brewing Company, Athens, NY
Deerhaven Association, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
Democracy Matters, New Paltz, NY
Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, Blauvelt, NY
Equinox Pools and Lawn Care, Mahwah, NJ
Food & Water Watch, Brooklyn, NY
Frack Action, Kingston, NY
Frack Free Catskills, Saugerties, NY
Franciscan Response to Fracking, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Franklin Treadwell Neighbors, Franklin, NY
Gas Free Seneca, Watkins Glen, NY
Grassroots Environmental Education, Port Washington, NY
Green Party of New Jersey, Parlin, NJ
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Beacon, NY
In the Weeds Landscaping, Catskill, NY
Infoh, List Serve of the Friends of Hudson, Hudson, NY
Jewish Climate Action Network, New York, NY
Mahwah Environmental Commission, Mahwah, NJ
Manhattan Central Medical Society, local affiliate of the National Medical Association, New York, NY
Morris Co. [NJ] Trust for Historic Preservation, Morristown, NJ
Network for Responsible Public Policy, Hackensack, NJ
New Jersey Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, Parsippany, NJ
New Jersey Tenants Organization, Fort Lee, NJ
New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, New Paltz, NY
New York Communities for Change, Brooklyn, NY
New Yorkers Against Fracking, Brooklyn, NY
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc., Newark, NJ
NJ Chapter Sierra Club, Trenton, NJ
NJ Highlands Coalition, Lake Hiawatha, NJ
NJ Highlands Council, Boonton, NJ
NJ State Industrial Union Council, Brick, NJ
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY
North American Climate, Conservation and Environment, Roosevelt, NY
Northjersey Pipeline Walkers, Highland Lakes, NJ
NYC Friends of Clearwater, New York, NY
Orange County Peace & Justice Coalition, Slate Hill, NY
Orange Residents Against Pilgrim Pipelines, Newburgh, NY
Peace & Justice Group, Parish of Guardian Angel – St. Columba, New York, New York
Peace Action of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
People of Albany United for Safe Eenergy, Albany, NY
People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Troy, NY
People, Not Pipelines, Sydney, NY
People’s Climate Movement – Capital Region, Albany, NY
People’s Organization for Progress, Newark, NJ
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Rochester Defense Against Fracking, High Falls, NY
Rockland Sierra Club, Nyack, NY
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Three Parks Independent Democrats, New York, NY
Unitarian/Universalist Women’s Association (UUWA) NY Metro District, New York, NY
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WESPAC Foundation, White Plains, NY
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