by Lanning Taliaferro for The Patch
Federal officials continue to give Spectra Energy the go-ahead to start the first pieces of its Algonquin pipeline expansion plan, which is being approved in pieces.
However, local and state officials have again written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to request an independent, in-depth risk assessment of the pipeline’s proximity to the Indian Point nuclear power plants.
“We read all the time about gas line explosions throughout the nation causing significant damage,” Cortlandt Town Supervisor Puglisi wrote in a letter which was submitted to FERC to Aug. 21. “However, none of them are anywhere near a nuclear plant. This gas line would be near not one but two nuclear plants.”