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Urgent Action Alert: Serious threat to our region!
Very small window of opportunity remaining to stop this potentially catastrophic high pressure gas pipeline before Spectra Energy fast tracks construction and operations.
Take immediate action:   Please keep calling your elected Congressional representatives and tell them:  This urgent matter demands your very highest priority and immediate attention until this emergency is fully addressed. Take whatever emergency action may be necessary using the full power and influence of your office to demand an independent, comprehensive and transparent risk assessment of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) high pressure gas pipeline expansion project next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant and that includes the potential risks to millions of residents in the New York  tri-state region. (Details and contact info here)
Why is this an emergency?
Last week , the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)   approved Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project, including a 42-inch diameter high pressure gas pipeline  slated  within  105 feet of vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. This dangerous  project must not be allowed to proceed!   A critcal comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the AIM pipeline project next to the Indian Point nuclear power facility has not been conducted despite the continuous and strong demands by nuclear power and pipeline engineers and safety experts, medical disaster expert, public officials and thousands of residents in the New York tri-state area. 
The approval of the AIM high pressure gas pipeline project is based on unverified assumptions by Spectra Energy, the pipeline company, and accepted by Entergy, the Indian Point nuclear power facility operator, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that in the event of a pipeline failure or accident next to Indian Point, the pipelines valves could be remotely (from Texas) shut down in only 3 minutes.  Independent nuclear power and pipeline safety experts indicate that the assumed 3 minute shutdown response time is considered “highly inappropriate and unrealistic for this 42″ diameter, high pressure pipeline and this sensitive infrastructure given substantial data of gas transmission pipeline ruptures generating high heat flux well past one hour.” This could result in loss of power to Indian Point, system failure or blockage of emergency access, lack of “failsafe” shutdown of Indian Point and loss of radiation storage containment that could result in a catastrophic radiation release in a densely populated region. 

(Details and contact info here)


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 Final Environmental Impact Statement

  • 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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