URGENT: YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED!
FERC has allowed Spectra Energy to begin construction of the massive 42″ diameter high-pressure AIM gas pipeline and destruction is happening now! The pipeline will cross the Indian Point nuclear facility, putting 20 million people in the most densely populated region of the nation at risk. Please watch this short video, share widely, and take action below!
Are you willing to resist the pipeline through non-violent direct action or to provide support for direct action? If so, join and sign The Pledge to Resist.
Call Governor Andrew Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and insist that:
1) FERC issue an immediate stay (stop work order) on Spectra AIM construction.
2) FERC rescind the Spectra AIM approval Certificate.
3) An independent, comprehensive and transparent risk assessment be undertaken immediately.
4) Issue a public statement to the press calling for these actions.
Calls may go to voice mail but please leave a message or call back the next day.
Please use this script when calling:
I urge you to stand with your constituents and other elected officials and hold a press conference demanding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescind its approval of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) gas pipeline project sited on the Indian Point nuclear facility’s property with its two reactors, 40 years of spent fuel rods, near two fault lines, in the most densely populated area of the nation. An independent risk assessment must be conducted immediately.
Background: FERC did not satisfy its legal obligation to ensure the safety of the AIM project because it based its decision to approve the project on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) faulty analysis of a safety assessment prepared by the plant operator, Entergy.
In a letter to nuclear expert Paul Blanch dated November 4, Chairman Burns of the NRC refused to sanction an independent risk assessment and stated, “At this time the NRC is not reconsidering the input provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on this matter nor planning any further regulatory at action.”Pipeline expert Mr. Richard Kuprewicz recently stated, “I continue to find the NRC demonstrating an inability to grasp simple but important scientific and engineering process safety concepts related to whether the Indian Point nuclear facility is at risk in the event of a rupture of the nearby proposed 42-inch high pressure gas transmission pipeline. The NRC’s assumptions and comments instill no confidence that their analysis is either relevant or appropriate. Their approach and statements clearly demonstrate that the NRC does not grasp the tremendous energy releases and dynamics associated with a pipeline rupture of this very large diameter pipeline…”
Please call Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino TODAY!
Tell County Executive Astorino: REVOKE the revocable license he granted to Spectra Energy for the AIM pipeline project in Westchester County’s Blue Mountain Reservation park in violation of the New York State Parkland Alienation process that requires a vote by the NYS legislature. County Executive Astorino has breeched the public’s trust and is enabling the clearcutting of over 1,000 mature trees in county parkland by a private company.
Background: County Executive Rob Astorino’s administration provided a license to Spectra Energy, a private corporation, to install their 42” diameter, high-pressure gas pipeline through county owned Blue Mountain Reservation. Felling of trees in the 1,600 acre county park is expected to begin in a few days. NYS Assemblywoman Galef released a letter today to County Executive Astorino demanding that he suspend or rescind the license granted to Spectra Energy for the AIM pipeline and that the county must follow the New York State Parkland Alienation process. A similar, and possibly illegal, licensing agreement between Spectra Energy and the Town of Yorktown is currently the subject of a pending lawsuit in State Supreme Court in White Plains.By approving a license for Spectra Energy to expand the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline project in the public park, County Executive Astorino has violated the Parkland Alienation process. For more information on Parkland Alienation and Conversion of Municipal Parkland in New York: Alienation Handbook
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.