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Urgent! Please submit comments to NYSDEC on Spectra AIM expansion

Comment deadline February 27th!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is accepting comments on air and water permits for the Spectra AIM project until February 27, 2015. The air and water permits must be issued for the project to proceed.

Please write a comment today! You can find information and sample comments here. Or, you can simply copy and paste the points in the Action Alert below and email them to DEC or download the comment form here.  Please share widely!

To New York State Department of

Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC):

Deny the air and water permits for the Spectra Algonquin (AIM) pipeline and infrastructure expansion!

  • Deny Spectra Energy’s Title V application to expand the compressor stations in Southeast and Stony Point, NY

(Title V Draft Air Permits ID: 3-3730-00060/00013 and 3-3928-00001/00027)

  • Cuomo, NYSDEC and NYS Department of Health recently banned fracking in NY due to health risks, so the same health review should be required for exposure to toxins from compressor stations, metering & regulating stations, pigging stations, valves and other associated gas infrastructure.
  • The two huge compressor stations are already emitting large quantities of methane, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds, including benzene, toluene and many others.
  • Severe health effects associated with compressor stations emissions: nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, respiratory, developmental, neurological and cardiovascular problems, leukemia, breast, kidney and liver cancer.
  • Deny Spectra Energy’s applications for water permits

(ID: 3-9903-00099/00002 – Freshwater Wetlands; ID: 3-9903-00099/00003 – Part 401 Water Quality Certification; ID: 3-9903-00099/00004 – Stream Disturbance)

  • NYSDEC has not provided to the public drafts of key Clean Water Act permits, including the Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC).
  • Spectra has not provided to the public or to NYC Department of Environmental Protection a complete stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) for review as required by the Clean Water Act.
  • Spectra has provided inadequate and incomplete surveys of wetlands, flora, fauna, endangered and threatened species in the NYC Croton Watershed, Westchester County’s Blue Mountain Reservation and Reynolds Hills, Peekskill.

Please email or mail completed forms by February 27, 2015 to: Michael T. Higgins, Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 122331750   Phone: (518) 4029179, Fax: (518) 402-9168, Email:


URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Daily call-in campaign to Local, State, and Federal elected officials happening NOW! Click here for details!

Report by pipeline expert Rick Kuprewicz of AccuFacts for the Town of Cortlandt

Mission Statement

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.

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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).

FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement (For instructions on how to submit public comments, click here).

  • High pressure large 42” diameter transmission pipeline near Indian Point is at least 200% larger in capacity than the current pipe.
  • Dangerous route! (See work area map of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam/Fairfield counties)

    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 station expansions 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
  • Contact your local, state, county and federal elected officials to request they secure the risk and health assessments called for in the resolutions before any permits are issued by Involved Agencies or FERC. Refer to our Elected Officials section 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 at our Resources
  • Join SAPE and volunteer to help with our efforts.

Experts’ Presentations

Two very successful educational forums were held on December 12, 2013 in Montrose and December 13, 2013 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 watch the speakers’ presentations on the video link below, read the speakers’ power point presentations and visit their websites as well as the Resources tab on this website. Please Contact Us if you have any questions about the presentations. 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.



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SAPE Founders: Paula Clair, Resident of Philipstown; Suzannah Glidden and Marian Rose, Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition (CWCWC); Susan McDonnell, Cortlandt WATCH; Jerry Ravnitzky, Concerned Residents of Carmel & Mahopac; Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education; Susan Van Dolsen, Westchester for Change

Forum Co-Sponsors: Air Soil Water; Better Future Project; Debby Bobson, Resident of Ardsley; Bronx Greens; Businesses Against Fracking NY; Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy; Catskill Mountainkeeper; Chefs for the Marcellus; Clean Air Council; ClimateMama; Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline; Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition; Concerned Families of Westchester; Concerned Health Professionals of NY; Concerned Residents of Carmel & Mahopac; Cortlandt WATCH; Damascus Citizens for Sustainability; Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Essex/Passaic Green Party; Federated Conservationists of Westchester County; Food & Water Watch; Food & Water Watch NJ; GMOFreeCT; Grassroots Environmental Education; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Hutchinson River Restoration Project; Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; League of Women Voters Rivertowns NY; New Jersey Sierra Club; New Yorkers Against Fracking; Northeast Organic Farming Association-CT; NYC Friends of Clearwater; NYH2O; Otsego 2000, Inc.; Pepacton Institute, LLC; Rockland Coalition Against Fracking; Roseland Against Compressor Station; SACRED; Sane Energy Project; Save Cummins Hill; Shut Down Indian Point Now!; Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; Sister Carol De Angelo, Sisters of Charity; Stop the Minisink Compressor Station; The Mothers Project; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton and Ossining; United for Action; WESPAC; Westchester for Change; Westchester SAFE