Pilgrim Oil Pipeline

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Pilgrim Oil Pipeline is a proposed oil pipeline in the United States.[1]


The pipeline runs from Albany, New York, to Linden, New Jersey.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Ares Management
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 400,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 178 miles (286 kilometers)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Cost: US$950 million[3]


The Pilgrim Pipeline is a planned 178-mile pipeline would transport crude oil sourced from the Bakken formation, and run from Albany, New York, to the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey or oil terminals in the Linden, New Jersey, area, on the Arthur Kill tidal estuary. Its second parallel pipeline would transport refined fuel, like gasoline and heating oil, back to New York.[4][5] The proposed capacity is 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) each way, or 400,000 bpd total.[6]

Pilgrim Pipelines Holdings, LLC is a startup formed in 2014 by four former energy executives, including two former Koch Industries executives, to own and run the pipeline.[7] Pilgrim Pipelines is owned by Ares Management, and the entity financing the Pilgrim Pipeline is a fund at Ares called Ares EIF Investors Funds.[8]

In February 2017 two oil terminals in Albany, New York, Global Partners and Buckeye Partners terminals, said that they have no plans to connect with the Pilgrim Pipeline. The refusal by Global and Buckeye leaves Pilgrim without key partners at either end of its proposed pipeline.[9]

Although some have considered the Pilgrim Oil Pipeline to be cancelled or shelved, Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC hired three lobbyists in New Jersey in early 2018, two of whom were members of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s transition committees. Official New Jersey lobbyist filings show that three lobbyists from the firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin registered in February 2018 to lobby for the pipeline. Francis J. Borin registered on February 9, while Arlene Quinones-Perez registered on February 12 and Joseph M. DeCotiis registered on February 15. This lobbying investment suggests that Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC still considers the pipeline proposal to be active.[10]

As of December 2020 the pipeline has not progressed in more than two years, and appears to be shelved.

Opposition and protests

In protest of the Pilgrim Pipeline on their lands and in solidarity with Standing Rock and other clean water movements, members of the Ramapough Mountain Indians founded the Split Rock Sweetwater protest encampment on their lands in Mahwah, New Jersey in 2016 near the New York border.[11]

In March 2017, starting at Waterfront Park in Carteret, New Jersey near the proposed terminus of the pipeline, activists marched on a 90-mile Water Walk for Life in opposiiton to the project.[12] Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp welcomed the peace walkers on their journey. Longtime peace activist Jun-San Yesuda, a Buddhist nun of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji order and colleagues at the Grafton Peace Pagoda helped organize the walk.[13][14]

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