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ACTION #1

Please call:
Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Seggos:
518-402-9180

Tell them: Reject the water permit for Spectra’s illegally segmented Atlantic Bridge pipeline project. 

 

ACTION #2

Send this letter for the Action Network letter campaign “NY DEC: Deny Spectra Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Permits.”  We need thousands of letters to go out NOW! Can you take a moment to write/send this simple letter? Click here:

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ny-dec-deny-spectra-atlantic-bridge-pipeline-permits?source=email&

 

BACKGROUND

Recently Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge project, the second phase of their illegally segmented Algonquin pipeline expansion was prematurely approved by FERC and New York State is considering issuing a water quality permit for the project which would enable construction to go forward. Spectra is pressing for the approval as soon as possible so they can begin  construction. New York State should not be approving water permits for a project that is linked to significant risk of nuclear disaster impacting 20 million New Yorkers, and will contaminate our waterways and wetlands, ensure more air pollution, and destroy our health and climate.

Despite repeated warnings from numerous leading national pipeline, nuclear and disaster preparedness experts, Spectra Energy received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand their Algonquin pipeline. Recently, the first phase of that expansion – the 42 inch diameter, high pressure Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) gas pipeline became operational and was constructed only 105 feet from critical safety infrastructure at the old, accident-prone Indian Point nuclear plant in northern Westchester near 2 earthquake fault lines.  The experts warned that a pipeline rupture at Indian Point could result in a nuclear disaster worse than Fukushima and threatens more than 20 million people who live in the New York tri-state area.*  Even if Indian Point is shut down – still years away – a pipeline rupture poses disastrous risks to millions of New Yorkers due to 45 years of highly radioactive spent fuel permanently stored on site. Governor Cuomo and NYS DEC Commissioner Seggos must stop ignoring safety experts’ warnings about the permanent catastrophic risks to New Yorkers posed by the giant Spectra AIM pipeline and further expansions.  Spectra illegally segmented its massive Algonquin pipeline expansion into 3 separate projects: Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM), Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast, to avoid a full evaluation of the cumulative impacts.

Governor Cuomo recently stated that New York “must double down by investing in the fight against dirty fossil fuels and fracked gas from neighboring states” yet, New York continues to issue permits for dangerous, polluting and climate destroying fossil fuel pipelines and power plants in our communities polluting our air and water supplies, destroying our health and climate. New York must stop approving fracked gas pipelines like Spectra Energy’s massive Algonquin pipeline expansion (AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast) and fast track to 100% renewable energy.

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* Excerpts from documents by leading independent safety experts:

Paul Blanch, leading nuclear power safety expert, stated, “The NRC has underestimated the probability of a gas line accident impacting the Indian Point nuclear plant by at least a factor of 1000. Moreover, the NRC and Entergy have failed to provide any supportable documentation that Indian Point 2 can safely shut down the plant in the event of a gas line rupture, and Entergy has no emergency procedures in place at Indian Point to respond to a gas line rupture. The blast radius from a gas line rupture would likely encompass the entire Indian Point site, disabling all vital equipment required to prevent core damage and major radioactive releases to the environment. It is my expert opinion that once gas is introduced into the AIM pipeline there will be a grave and imminent danger to the surrounding area and residents. The consequences of a nuclear event at Indian Point may impact millions of lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City and cause social and economic impacts in the trillions of dollars range.” 

 

Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Earth Institute, Columbia University stated, “Given the population density surrounding the Indian Point nuclear facilities and the potential catastrophic consequences of a major disaster from the installation or malfunction of the AIM pipeline, it is imperative that these plans be aborted now. To make matters worse, plans to repair a developing problem in the pipeline and plans to safely evacuate at risk populations are entirely inadequate. From a public health point of view, this project should not be allowed to proceed… There is too much at stake, too much risk to permit the construction and operation of a high pressure gas pipeline at this place, at this time – no matter what economic upside might be envisioned for Spectra and Entergy.” 

 

Richard Kuprewicz, President of Accufacts and national pipeline safety expert stated,  “I have yet to see a steel pipeline that cannot be damaged by third party threat activities, especially damage that could result in delayed pipeline rupture. I have seen similar misguided arguments presented in the Analysis that steel pipelines can be made difficult to puncture, reflected in some very poor pipeline risk management approach studies and safety analyses trying to improperly convey the impression that pipelines cannot be made to rupture. Delayed pipeline ruptures generating massive explosions and flames are caused by damage that seldom punctures the pipe, but the pipe is weakened to where it eventually fails in time as a rupture, a large pipeline fracture that occurs in microseconds during operation resulting in full bore pipeline releases.” 

“After a careful review, Accufacts has concluded that the above referenced Entergy Safety Evaluation and Analysis (“Analysis”), which includes enhanced pipeline measures proposed by the pipeline operator for the 42-inch pipe segment near IPEC fails to adequately capture the threat and, more importantly, prudently demonstrate that rupture of the new 42-inch higher MAOP pipeline will not markedly impact IPEC facilities, including IPEC’s ability to “failsafe” shutdown from such a pipeline rupture.” 

“My extensive experience in pipeline rupture investigations, spanning many decades, indicates that Entergy, the NRC, and others making statements that a 42-inch pipeline rupture can be quickly isolated and implying that the pipeline operator can quickly remotely recognize and isolate the pipeline rupture within minutes (such as shutdown in three minutes) are misleading and downright false. A transient pipeline rupture analysis for the proposed 42-inch, 850 psig MAOP pipeline in the vicinity of IPEC needs to be properly performed, subject to independent verification of key assumptions, and gas pipeline rupture possible impacts to IPEC reviewed to confirm that such a rupture event near IPEC and its associated key facilities would not prevent the facilities from safely shutting down and/or place the public at great risks…” 

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Summary of Spectra Energy Algonquin Incremental Market Project – September 16, 2016


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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