Is Ares Management Building a Pipeline to Nowhere?
In May 2015 UNITE HERE raised questions about Ares Management’s $195 million commitment to the Pilgrim Pipeline, which had failed to overcome growing community opposition. Over one year later, the 170-mile proposed oil pipeline from Linden, NJ to Albany, NY now faces additional political and regulatory hurdles.
- Pilgrim Pipeline is opposed by all of the municipalities in the pipeline’s proposed route in New Jersey and both houses of the state’s legislature.
- Opponents have raised questions about Pilgrim’s customer base. Bayway, the largest refinery near the pipeline’s end in Linden, NJ, has stated that the pipeline “is not a strategic fit.”
- In New York, where village and city boards reportedly have “veto power” over pipelines crossing their borders under a century-old law, the project is opposed by 20 municipalities along the proposed route.
- New York Assemblyman Frank Skartados recently introduced legislation that would prohibit the New York Thruway Authority – the largest landholder along the proposed route – from allowing the use of its right-of-way. Pilgrim has stated that alternate routes off the Thruway are not feasible.