Breaking News: Senators Schumer and Gillibrand call for Spectra AIM pipeline construction to be halted.
Journal News, May 20, 2016: NY Senators want Algonquin pipeline shut down
Press release on Sen. Schumer’s website: SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND URGE FERC TO SUSPEND CONSTRUCTION ON AIM PIPELINE EXPANSION UNTIL INDEPENDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDIES ARE CONDUCTED
URGENT Action Alert!
STOP Construction of Spectra AIM!
Please call elected officials:
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer: 212-486-4430
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262
U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey: 914-428-1707
U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel: 718-796-9700
U.S. Congressman Sean Maloney: 845-561-1259
Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
President Barack Obama: 202-456-1111
Stand with millions of New Yorkers by speaking out publicly and to President Obama for emergency action to halt construction of the dangerous AIM pipeline now. Demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescind its approval of the AIM pipeline project and stop AIM pipeline construction immediately.
New York State must stop approving more gas infrastructure projects which are chaining us to fracked gas and climate-changing fossil fuels for many decades to come, destroying our health, land, water and food supplies and accelerating our climate crisis. We need rapid transition to 100% renewable energy an intensification of energy-efficiency and conservation measures now! Cost effective renewable technology is already on the shelf.
Spectra Energy’s dangerous high pressure AIM gas pipeline is currently under construction only 105 feet from critical infrastructure at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Nuclear and pipeline safety experts have repeatedly warned that a pipeline rupture adjacent to Indian Point could result in a nuclear catastrophe similar to or worse than the Fukushima nuclear disaster and threatens more than 20 million people who live within a 50 mile radius in the New York tri-state region. The pipeline poses a serious threat whether Indian Point is open or shut and decommissioned with 40 years of radioactive spent fuel remaining on site. A comprehensive, independent risk assessment was never conducted.
Furthermore, the aging Indian Point nuclear reactors, whose licenses expired in 2013 and 2015, have been plagued with numerous problems including several events in the last year alone. Recently, exceedingly high levels of leaking tritium have been detected in monitoring wells at Indian Point. Significant concerns have been raised regarding adverse impacts to the troubled nuclear plant from the ongoing pipeline construction activities, which were likely never evaluated.
On February 29, 2016, Governor Cuomo finally ordered 4 state agencies; the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Public Service to conduct an independent safety assessment and together in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) called for a halt to the AIM pipeline construction and retraction of FERC’s approval of the AIM pipeline project. Not unexpectedly, FERC denied his request.
Although local, state and federal officials have written letters to FERC calling for an independent risk assessment, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have been largely silent on the issue. They must get off the sidelines and join with Congressmembers Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey and publicly advocate at all levels to bring this potentially catastrophic project to a halt immediately while proper risk analyses are performed.
In light of the recent expose of Spectra’s large $ contributions to Governor Cuomo, we must increase our pressure on him to continue to use the power of his office and publicly advocate for an immediate halt to the construction of the AIM pipeline and for FERC’s withdrawal of its approval of the project.
Every voice is urgently needed! Please keep calling these public officials!
- Could nuclear disaster come to America? March 31, 2016
- Nuclear Power Plants: Pre-Deployed WMDs, March 28, 2016
- Natural gas infrastructure lobby ramps up spending in New York State, March 2016
- “FERC Denies Cuomo’s Request to Halt Pipeline Expansion,” Patch, Mar. 25, 2016
- FERC denies Cuomo’s request for AIM stay March 25, 2016
- Plan to Expand a Pipeline at Indian Point Raises Concerns, New York Times, 2/28/16
- Cuomo to Feds: Stop Algonquin Pipeline for More Safety Review, Times Union, 2/29/16
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.
Summary of Spectra Energy Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project.
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.