Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) is a grassroots organization with a mission to educate our fellow citizens and elected officials about the negative impacts associated with Spectra Energy Corporation’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project. SAPE opposes the AIM gas expansion project because it may exacerbate climate change, endanger our safety and quality of life, contaminate water, air and soil, cause harm to domestic animals and wildlife, and threaten farmland and property values.
Imminent Danger to Safety, Health and Property!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing a proposed major expansion to Spectra Energy Corporation’s Algonquin natural gas pipeline and compressor stations (Algonquin Incremental Market AIM Project).
- High pressure large 42” diameter transmission pipeline near Indian Point is at least 200% larger in capacity than the current pipe.
- Dangerous route! The proposed new pipeline would cross the Hudson River from Stony Point, Rockland County under the proposed Champlain Hudson 1000-megawatt electric transmission line. It would also intersect underground in Verplanck with another proposed West Point Partners 1000-megawatt electric transmission line just a few hundred feet from the Indian Point Nuclear Facility and its 40 years of spent nuclear fuel rods, near the Ramapo and Stamford faults. It will continue through Westchester and Putnam Counties and into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
- Public safety risk! Explosions have occurred in both compressor stations and gas pipelines. An explosion at or near Indian Point would be an unimaginable catastrophe.
- High levels of radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S., will be transported through the pipeline from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.
- Noisy, polluting compressor stations proposed for Stony Point and Southeast expose people, pets and wildlife to many tons of highly toxic emissions per year.
- Health effects associated with compressor stations emissions: nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, respiratory, developmental and neurological problems, breast, kidney and liver cancer.
- Risk to home values! The proximity of the high pressure pipelines and potential for an explosion could negatively impact your property, diminish its value, and reduce your quality of life.
ACTION STEPS YOU CAN TAKE!
- Sign the Petition
- Submit your comments expressing your concerns on this project to FERC by January 31, 2014. Go to www.ferc.gov, click on Documents and Filings. Use eComment for a short statement, eFiling for a longer one. The comment should refer to Algonquin Incremental Market Project, Docket # PF13-16-000. If trouble submitting, remove the 3 zeros. Address comments to Ms. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
- Contact your local, state, county and federal elected officials to let them know that you have health and safety concerns about the AIM project. Refer to our website for contacts.
- Read the Energy Brochure and learn about incentives and ways that homeowners and businesses can invest in conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable forms of energy.
- Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.
- Look under Resources at our website www.sape2016.org
- Join SAPE and volunteer to help with our efforts.
Two very successful educational forums were held on December 12 in Montrose and December 13 in Mahopac. Expert speakers Wilma Subra of Subra Company, Rick Kuprewicz of Accufacts, Matt Walker of Clean Air Council and Nadia Steinzor of Earthworks presented critical information about pipeline safety and health impacts from pipelines and compressor stations. Gary Shaw of Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition presented the dangers of siting the expanded pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear facility and on two fault lines. We encourage you to read the speakers’ presentations and visit their websites as well as the Resources tab on this website. Contact Us if you have any questions about the presentations. A video of the forums will be posted soon. We encourage you to ask questions of Spectra, FERC and your elected officials in order to understand the implications of the AIM project on the air, water, health and safety of Rockland, Westchester and Putnam residents, as well as those in the New England states that are proposed recipients of the gas.