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EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION TO STOP THE OPERATION OF THE SPECTRA AIM PIPELINE!

Spectra Energy has received final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to put the AIM pipeline, the first phase of their massive Algonquin pipeline expansion from New York through New England into full service.   We need your help to pressure our public officials to protect us by taking emergency measures to STOP the operation of the dangerous Spectra AIM pipeline NOW! 20 MILLION LIVES ARE AT RISK!

Action Step 1:
Please call elected officials:

Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer: 212-486-4430
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
Congressman Eliot Engel: 718-796-9700
Congresswoman Nita Lowey: 914-428-1707
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Safety Concerns: 202-366-4595
New York State Department of Public Service: 518-474-6530

Tell them to take emergency action to STOP the operation of the dangerous Spectra AIM pipeline NOW!

Action Step 2:

Please sign petition to tell Governor Cuomo to reject the water quality certificate for Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment of its massive Algonquin pipeline expansion after AIM: tinyurl.com/CuomoStopSpectraPipeline 

Action Step 3:

Please view this important 2 minute video and take simple action steps:

 

Action Step 4:

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

Why you need to speak up now and share this with everyone you know:

1.  The new 42″ diameter, high-pressure Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) gas transmission pipeline is dangerously sited next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant posing a catastrophic risk to more than 20 million people who live within the 50 mile impact radius in the New York tri-state region. The AIM pipeline is constructed within 105 feet from critical safety infrastructure at the nuclear plant. 

2.  A pipeline rupture at Indian Point could result in a nuclear catastrophe worse than the Fukushima nuclear disaster according to leading pipeline, nuclear and disaster preparedness experts. Other independent engineering experts have confirmed the catastrophic risks of co-locating the Spectra AIM pipeline at the nuclear plant. A pipeline rupture will continue to endanger millions of people even if the nuclear plant is closed due to more than 40 years of radioactive spent fuel stored on site. An independent risk assessment was never conducted.

3.  Pipeline failures rates are significantly increasing especially in newly installed pipelines according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) data. Critical national security issues and conflicts of interest plague Spectra’s AIM pipeline and its next segments of their Algonquin pipeline expansions – the Atlantic Bridge and the Access Northeast projects. Spectra also has a significant history of safety issues and violations.

4. In addition to pipeline leaks, ruptures and explosions, pipeline infrastructure pollutes our precious water resources, emits hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic air pollutants and greenhouse gases per year, negatively impacts public health, accelerates our climate crisis and reduces property values.

* 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…” 

Every voice is urgently needed!  Please keep calling these public officials!

References:


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.

SAPE Petition

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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