issued by Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Feb 10, 2015
Dear Chairwoman LaFleur,
As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) considers final approval of the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline expansion (AIM) project, we urge you to ensure that the environmental, safety, and public health concerns of our constituents are thoroughly and substantially addressed before a final determination on this proposal is issued.
The AIM project is a significant expansion of the current natural gas transmission line on a route which travels through densely populated communities in Rockland, Putnam and Westchester Counties in New York. The project would replace the current 26-inch pipeline with a new 42-inch diameter pipeline, nearly doubling its current size. Our offices have received comments from impacted communities and from local elected officials who have serious concerns about the safety and potentially negative environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline expansion. We have serious questions about this pipeline…