first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Storage of oil tankers in the Adirondacks is being fought. Global’s heating facility has been rejected by the state Court of Appeals. Now for the main event: Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings’ application for a 150-mile tar sand crude oil pipeline. It will follow the right-of-way on the state Thruway from Albany south.The process has taken years at a rate of speed resembling a sloth. But that’s good. Scores of oil-industry lawyers are waiting to pounce on a misguided rush to judgment. Dot all the “i’s,” and cross the “t’s.”The state Department of Environmental Conservation must protect the Catskill and Delaware aqueducts. They supply water to metropolitan New York. The pipeline will be buried on top of them. Pilgrim’s right to free trade must be weighed against the possible effects a spill would have on the city. Millions could be put at risk. The aqueduct would have to be replaced, and the economy would be hit hard.A cracked weld, an earthquake, human error regulating pressure in the line — all could cause a disaster. No matter how remote the possibility, these risks outweigh Pilgrim’s right for profits. Reject the permit. Like the destructive impact of a meteor, it only takes once.George HebertCohoesMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img

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