Events

You are cordially invited to attend the Engineering Symposium this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at 2 PM at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Entergy Indian Point (IPEC), Spectra Energy, New York State and the Pipeline Hazards Materials Safety Agency (PHMSA) are also invited to provide their positions on this very controversial topic of locating high pressure gas lines adjacent to operating nuclear power plants
without any publicly available risk assessment required by Federal Regulations (49 CFR 192.917). All elected representatives, both Federal and State are also invited along with faculty and RPI students and members of the public.

The Federal Regulation specifically requires addressing terrorism among other threats.

49 CFR 192.917(c) Risk assessment. An operator must conduct a risk assessment that follows ASME/ANSI B31.8S, section 5, and considers the identified threats for each covered segment. An operator must use the risk assessment to prioritize the covered segments for the baseline and continual reassessments (§§ 192.919, 192.921, 192.937), and to determine what additional preventive and mitigative measures are needed (§ 192.935) for the covered segment.  
Media planning to video this symposium will be required to seek permission from RPI at the entrance.

All documentation and calculation results will be available demonstrating the failure of our Federal and State Agencies.

Please see the enclosed media advisory and formal announcement.

Event Details    ——–    Media Advisory

 

People’s Hearing investigating FERC abuses of law and power program – Dec. 2, 2016

Contact: Paola Dalle Carbonare  paola.dc@verizon.net  917-647-5143, Co-Founder of Healing & Protecting Our Land Together – A Call to Prayer

When:  Friday, October 28, 2016  8:15 a.m.
Where: South sidewalk just west of #250 Bleakley Avenue. Buchanan, NY
What:  Emerge ‘N See A Miracle Intervention: Interfaith Vigil

Why: A Westchester-based group, Healing and Protecting Our Land Together – A Call to Prayer, will gather in prayer and contemplation at this time of emergency as Spectra Energy, a Houston-based corporation, has requested permission to put the Spectra AIM pipeline in service despite imminent health, safety and security issues raised by experts, the public and elected officials at all levels. Last week, Spectra requested to have the AIM project put in service today, Friday, October 28, but FERC has not given the green light. We urge FERC to reject this request.

Spectra has been encountering unexplained delays and problems for several months while trying to pull the AIM pipeline across the Hudson River using the Horizontal Direction Drilling (HDD) technique. Therefore, the company has to asked for an alternative plan which entails using the existing pipes that run under the Hudson River and under Indian Point to deliver larger quantities of gas to New England. The older pipes have not been analyzed during the FERC process for AIM, so the plan should be rejected. The risk to the 20 million people in the 50 mile radius of Indian Point is just too great.

We invite you to join us with positive energy, best intentions and the vision of A MIRACLE INTERVENTION in our tireless efforts to STOP the AIM Pipeline.

Bring with you a prayer, poem, song, your musical instrument, a sign or whatever you’d like to share.

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Take pipeline protest to Gov. Cuomo’s doorstep on Sunday – Sept. 22, 2016

Join Healing & Protecting Our Land Together for an Interfaith Vigil on the banks of the Hudson River Sept 9, 2016, 6 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 240 11th St. Verplanck, NY
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We will continue our INTERFAITH gatherings and prayers FOR THE CARE OF CREATION in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance and the Standing Rock Sioux rallying at Washington Square Park in NYC tonight from 5-8 p.m.:

A lot has been happening on the east shore of the Hudson River in Verplanck including Spectra’s violation of the FERC certificate by digging up unapproved wetland area! Since the first attempt to pull through the Hudson River its 42″ pipeline has failed, frantic work continues.
Poisonous fracked gas is supposed to be flowing through it by November 1st. Water, air, land, creatures, humans, are at risk while many of our elected officials seem indifferent to the risk we all face.
We are continuing our CALL FOR A MIRACLE by joining our energy and efforts. Bring with you whatever you’d like to share… a prayer, poem, song, your anger, pain, expectations, disappointment, wishes, grief, hopes…
We will gather in front of St Patrick’s Church in Verplanck and process down to the river via Highland Ave and 9th Street where the vigil will take place.
Nearby street parking available.

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Halt the Harm Rally and Press Conference, The Capitol, Albany, NY on June 14, 2016
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Join ResistAIM on Saturday May 21st in peaceful resistance to Spectra’s construction of the AIM Pipeline in Peekskill! WEAR RED!
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May 23rd in NYC citizens will call on Senator Chuck Schumer to stand up for the people of NY and back Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission immediately halt construction of Spectra’s AIM Pipeline adjacent to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.
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PAST EVENTS:
RALLY TO STOP THE FRACKED GAS ALGONQUIN PIPELINE EXPANSION AND PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES,HEALTH, AND SAFETY IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND BEYOND!

When:  Sunday, April 3 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Where:  Peekskill Riverfront Green

Who: SAPE and Food & Water Watch- NY

RSVP on Facebook HERE!

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Speakers Will Include:
Hudson Riverkeeper – Paul Gallay
Delaware Riverkeeper – Maya van Rossum
Earth Guardians – Rachel Marco-Havens & Aidan Ferris
Nuclear Expert – Paul Blanch
Protect Orange County – Pramilla Malick
Resist AIM – Courtney Williams
New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
Food and Water Watch – Barbara Hough
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina
Community Climate Initiative – Lisa Moir
SAPE Co-Founders and Affiliates

Rally Co-Sponsors: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, WESPAC, Stop the Minisink Compressor Station, Croton Climate Initiative, Stop the Pipeline, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Resist the Pipeline West Roxbury, Delaware RiverKeeper, Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action Mahattanville College, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter , SEnRG, Grassroots Environmental Education, Resist AIM, Riverkeeper, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley, Earth Guardians, People, not Pipelines, Earthworks, NYC Friends of Clearwater, Stop New York Fracked Gas Pipeline, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition

The rally will focus on the AIM pipeline, and other pipelines in our region and beyond and address the following:
• Danger of the Spectra AIM pipeline’s close proximity to Indian Point Nuclear Facility

• Damage to our air, water and agriculture from all fracked gas Pipelines and their Infrastructure

• Health and safety risks to residents within a 50 mile radius of the Spectra AIM pipeline at Indian Point

• Serious health impacts of pipeline compressor stations, pigging stations and other fracked gas infrastructure

• FERC’s rubber-stamping of gas pipeline projects – Profit over People

• Civil Disobedience – a Growing Phenomenon Why is it needed?

• Exacerbation of global warming due to the massive amounts of methane from AIM and other gas pipeline systems (Methane is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period.)

• Large amount of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds emitted by fracked gas compressor stations. (Example – Over 300,000 tons annually at AIM Compressor Station – Stony Point)
Exclusive film screening:
HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD
(AND LOVE ALL OF THE THINGS CLIMATE CANNOT CHANGE)
followed by a Q&A with Josh Fox
 
When: Monday, March 14, 2016 6pm
Where: Manhattanville College, O’Byrne Chapel
            2900 Purchase St.
            Purchase, NY
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Please join us for an exclusive screening of Josh Fox’s new film, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” at Manhattanville College. This is the first screening of the new film in the NY metropolitan region. Josh Fox will lead a Q&A after the screening of the film. The event is free and open to the public. There is a voluntary suggested donation of $10 which will help local communities’ battles against fossil fuel infrastructure. Doors open at 6:00 and the film will begin at 6:30.

Cosponsors: Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, Grassroots Environmental Education, Manhattanville College, ResistAIM, Rockland Water Coalition, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG), Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) and WESPAC

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/147539163

ABOUT THE FILM 
Set across the globe, in the film Josh meets scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and environmental activists who are investing in renewable energy sources as an alternative to climate damaging fossil fuel practices. The film highlights these global game-changers as testament that renewable energy alternatives are indeed possible and there is super-human strength in grassroots community activism. 

Love The Things Climate Can’t Change is about the power that local communities have in determining their own climate and energy solutions democratically, investigating and providing a roadmap for how communities successfully reject the industry use of fracked gas and develop renewable solutions. More than that, the film models the core values that drive these fights, inspiring grassroots movement building through inspiration.

THE LET GO AND LOVE Tour
More than just a film, How To Let Go Of The World And Love The Things Climate Can’t Change, is intended to be a launchpad for education and action in communities. Josh Fox plans to tour the film to 100 towns and cities in the U.S. and across the world that are cited as “Hot Spots” for fossil fuel infrastructure to engage with residents in protecting their lives and land from the encroaching gas industry. With experts, artists, and concrete resources including toolkits, counterproposal support, and connections to investors to finance their counter-proposals, the LET GO AND LOVE TOUR will help communities lead a renewable energy revolution, one community at a time.

ABOUT JOSH FOX
Josh Fox is best known as the writer/director of GASLAND Parts I and II. He is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development. GASLAND premiered at the Sundance film festival 2010, where it was awarded the 2010 Special Jury Prize for Documentary. The film premiered on HBO and was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. That year, Josh won the Emmy for Best Non-Fiction Director. GASLAND Part II premiered on HBO in 2013. Part II was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy, won the 2013 Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary, the Best Film at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and was given the Hell Yeah Prize from Cinema Eye Honors. In addition, Josh is the recipient of the 2011 Ono/Lennon Grant for Peace.
#letgoandlove #StopSpectra

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When: Monday, December 7 at 12:30
Where: The Westchester Marriott Hotel

Community groups plan to peacefully assemble outside the Westchester Marriott Hotel at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 7. Chairman Burns of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be meeting with elected officials at 1:00 and with community groups at 3:15, but it is a closed meeting and he is limiting participation to only a few local groups. Westchester for Change and other groups submitted requests to attend and their requests were denied.

We must make sure that the Chairman hears our message about the dangerous siting of the Spectra AIM pipeline at an aging nuclear power plant on two fault lines. This is also a national security issue. Construction of the new pipeline is underway in Buchanan and Verplanck, so this is extremely urgent!

We’ll greet the Chairman with signs highlighting the fact that NRC does not have gas pipeline expertise and that FERC based its approval of the Spectra AIM project on the NRC’s faulty confirmatory analysis.

Elected officials at all levels of government, prominent organizations, the public, and pipeline and nuclear experts have consistently called for an independent, transparent risk assessment. FERC must halt construction of the Spectra AIM pipeline immediately.

Please bring signs and join us on the strip of grass along Route 119 outside the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown at 12:30 on Monday, December 7. This is a peaceful demonstration.

Thank you!
SAPE and SEnRG


Peekskill to Paris: Global Climate Rally

Saturday, November 28 
1:00-3:00
Peekskill Riverfront Green

In solidarity with the Global Climate Summit in Paris, we are uniting in Westchester to demand our political leaders take action on climate change. Turn off polluting, unsafe fossil fuel projects like the Spectra AIM pipeline, and turn on clean, safe renewables.
 
Zephyr Teachout, law professor, author and gubernatorial candidate for NY State Governor in 2014, and Jon Bowermaster, filmmaker and climate activist will be speaking along with others. 
 
Join us for music speakers and fun for the entire family. Please take train or carpool.
 
To volunteer, donate or learn more, visit the event page on Facebook at Croton Climate Initiative or go to crotonclimate.org.
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Sponsor: Croton Climate Initiative
Cosponsors: Clearwater, Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition, Concerned Families of Westchester, Connie Hogarth Center, Dominican Sisters of Hope, Earth Guardians, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Food & Water Watch, Grassroots Environmental Education, Intergenerate, IPSEC, NYPIRG, Protect Orange County, Riverkeeper, ROAR, SAPE, SEnRG, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, Stop the Minisink Compressor Station, WESPAC
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Fracked Gas Die-In

When:
Wednesday Sept 30th
1pm to 3pm

Where:
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave, White Plains, New York 10606

Why:

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Art Building, Mapping, Organizing: Shut down the AIM Pipeline: We Will Build the Future

This hands-on workshop is part 3/3 to a series we are doing to organize creatively and strategically around shutting down the AIM Pipeline. Come and learn the current state of affair and be apart of the groundswell of opposition!

Saturday and Sunday Sep 19 and 20
10:00am to 6:00pm each day
9 Ridgedell Ave
Hastings on Hudson, NY
Parking on Maple Ave  (please do not drive into Ridgedell which is a dead end)

For more details and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619800998274888/

Mapping, Organizing, Strategizing: Shut Down the AIM Pipeline, We Can Build the Future

Sign up on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475038116131980/ or RSVP by replying to this email.
On Friday, the 11th of September, at 6:30pm, the Clean Air Council and Sane Energy Project are joining forces to launch a series of trainings around NY State, based around mapping the fracking infrastructure to organize and strategize our local groups and understanding where we all are in this greater mess we have all committed to working hard to halt, clean up, and rebuild for a clean and equitable future for all life.
 
Mark your calendar for Friday, September 11th at 6:30 in the evening – we will be having our first training at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Jackson Ave. in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 and would love to see you there!
 
We will have an update on strategies from member of the amazing local group SAPE (www.sape2016.org) and hear from local resident Dr. Susan Rubin, who is working on an exciting creative campaign!

We will use New York’s collaborative YOU ARE HERE (www.youarehereNYmap.org) map and CAC’s Pennsylvania map (http://wikimapping.net/wikimap/gas.html).
If you’re interested in learning more about using maps as an organizing tool, or if you’re wondering how to activate your community around infrastructure issues, this is the training for you!In addition, we will have a follow-up hands on workshop the following weekend, 19th/20th at another location in Hastings-On-Hudson. Mark your calendar again! (www.tinyurl.com/ARTHastings)

Petition Delivery to Senator Schumer’s Office

For all the details see Facebook event here.

Who:
New York Families
What:
Publicly invite to Sen Schumer
to do his job!
When:
Monday July 13th at 4pm
Where:
  Senator Schumer’s Peekskill Office
  One Park Place
Suite 100
Peekskill, NY
Why:
Come with your family to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office to publicly invite him to hear why he needs to protect all New Yorkers from Spectra’s AIM Pipeline Expansion.
Families with children are especially invited to attend.

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For all the details see Facebook event here.

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Special meeting of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on AIM Pipeline

What:
Press Conference hosted by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
Followed by presentation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Petition Review Board on siting of Spectra AIM pipeline adjacent to Indian Point
When:
Wednesday July 15th at 2pm
Where:
Hendrick Hudson Public Library
185 Kings Ferry Rd, Montrose, New York 10548
Why:
Spectra Energy has received approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a new 42 inch diameter, high pressure gas pipeline in close proximity to vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Paul Blanch, a nuclear expert, and Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety expert, will reveal that the risk assessment used as the basis for approval of the AIM project must be negated because the NRC knowingly used erroneous information, not based on sound science, to improperly evaluate the plant’s ability to achieve failsafe shutdown in the event of a pipeline rupture.

For all details see the Facebook event here.

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For all details see the Facebook event here.

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Several of our local parks and playgrounds are along the route of the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion. Come visit one and learn about the project while your children play.

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Informed parents will be on hand to provide information on the project and what you can do to help stop it.

Look for the parent with the SAPE logo.

RSVP on Facebook to be kept up to date on additional locations or contact the organizer if you are interested in hosting one!

Monday 6/8, 3:30 to 5pm
Old Pond Park
149 8th St
Verplanck, NY
(aproximately 1600ft from the proposed pipeline)

Tuesday 6/9, 10:45 to 12:15pm
Sunset Park
Sunset Dr
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Wednesday 6/10, 4-5:30pm
Willow Park
Intersection of Curry St and Tulip Dr
Yorktown Heights, NY
(less than 100ft from the pipeline)

Thursday 6/11, 3:30 to 5pm
Village Park
Intersection of Westchester Ave and 1st St
(behind the DPW garage and Veteran’s Pavilion)
Buchanan, NY
(approximately 450ft from the proposed pipeline)

Friday 6/12, 12:30 to 2pm
Sunset Park
82 Sunset Rd
Montrose, NY

(1mile from the proposed pipeline)

Saturday 6/13, 3pm to 4:30pm
Blue Mountain Playground
off Welcher Ave/Lounsbury Ln
Peekskill, NY
(2000ft from the pipeline)

NRC Public Meeting on Indian Point

When: 6pm, Wednesday May 20, 2015
Where: Westchester Marriot, 670 White Plains Road Tarrytown, NY
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Map of Potential Impact Radius of 42″ pipeline adjacent to Indian Point Energy Center. Map based on route indicated in Spectra Energy FERC filings from February 2014.

SHARE WIDELY!

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will present details on its annual assessment of safety performance at the Indian Point nuclear power plant during a public meeting on May 20th in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Spectra’s AIM pipeline expansion is slated to pass only 105ft from critical plant infrastructure (source: Entergy’s own safety assessment submitted to FERC’s AIM Docket). We must make clear that an independent risk analysis is necessary prior to construction, as many of our elected officials have stated publicly. For more details on the faulty oversight of, and substantial risks posed by this project, see links below.

The recent transformer fire proves that accidents happen. A 42″ gas pipeline adjacent to a nuclear power plant leaves zero margin for error.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Westchester Marriott, located at 670 White Plains Road. Doors to the room will open to the public at 6 p.m.

NRC staff will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss issues related to the plant. Prior to the end of the 7 p.m. meeting, NRC staff will answer questions on the plant’s performance and the agency’s oversight activities at the Buchanan (Westchester County), N.Y., facility.

An audio recording will be made of the meeting, and that recording will be transcribed. Both the recording and the transcript will be made available on the NRC’s website, http://www.nrc.gov, at a later date.

For more information see links below:
http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20150737

https://sape2016.org/2015/03/25/ferc-approved-of-spectra-aim-despite-serious-safety-and-security-issues/

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30234-doing-the-unthinkable-giant-gas-pipeline-to-flank-a-new-york-nuclear-power-plant

http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/nrc-public-meeting-on-indian-point/#sthash.bcJ7pxVZ.dpuf

Scoping Session for Atlantic Bridge Project

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We ask and invite you to attend FERC’s Scoping Session for the Atlantic Bridge project — a segmented portion of the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline — on MONDAY May 11th at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center (YCCC). 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Dates for other Scoping Sessions in CT and MA can be found below.

Scoping is a part of the environmental review process through which a FERC describes a proposed action and possible alternatives. The agency then seeks input from other agencies, organizations, and the public on potentially affected resources, environmental issues to be considered, and the agency’s planned approach to analysis.

We need concerned and informed citizens to attend in order to inform and educate FERC, Spectra Energy and the public about the many serious and potentially harmful imparts caused by this pipeline expansion through Yorktown and further north into Connecticut and Massachusetts. FERC has announced that it will do an Environmental Assessment (EA) rather than an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Atlantic Bridge project (which is actually just the missing segments of the AIM project).

Unless this is turned into an EIS project, this may be the only chance for public comment.

· Construction of approximately:
· 7.6 miles of 42-inch diameter mainline take-up and relay pipeline in New York and Connecticut
· 7.0 miles of 36-inch diameter loop extension pipeline in Connecticut
· 3.5 miles of 30-inch diameter loop pipeline in Massachusetts
· Construction of one new compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts
· Addition of two new compressor units and replacement of two existing compressor units, for a total of 15,300 additional horsepower, at two existing compressor stations in Connecticut
· Modifications to existing meter stations in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts

Date and Time

Location

Monday, May 11, 2015 6:30 p.m.Eastern Time

Yorktown Community and Cultural Center 1974 Commerce Street Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:30 p.m.Eastern Time

Riverfront Community Center 300 Welles Street Glastonbury, CT 06033

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Abigail Adams Middle School 89 Middle Street East Weymouth, MA 02189

Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham 835 Upper Union Street Franklin, MA 02038

We will begin our sign up of speakers at 5:30 p.m. The scoping meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.with a description of our environmental review process by Commission staff, after which speakers will be called. The meetings will end once all speakers have provided their comments or at 10 p.m., whichever comes first. Please note that there may be a time limit of three minutes to present comments, and speakers should structure their comments accordingly.

Open Houses for Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge Project

The AIM project has not been approved by FERC and Spectra is already moving ahead with the Atlantic Bridge Project.

Show up, ask the hard questions, let them know we don’t want them here! It’s our risk for their profit!

Wednesday March 11th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
American Legion Hall
235 Veterans Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

For a full schedule of all Open Houses for Atlantic Bridge see herehttp://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-US/Atlantic-Bridge/Project-Calendar/

Peaceful Resistance Workshops

When and Where:
Sunday January 11th   2-3:30pm Universalist Unitarian Church, 2021 Albany Post Rd., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Monday,  January 26th    6:30-8 pm Mapleton Center at Good Counsel, 52 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY
Two skill-building workshops will be held to train concerned citizens in non-violent direct action techniques. This is in response to the expansion of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin gas pipeline and its associated gas infrastructure in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam Counties. The final decision about this dangerous, massive fracked gas project will be made this winter, and it will impact residents throughout the entire region.
Trained facilitator Susan Rubin will provide history of the non violent direct action in social and environmental justice movements and will explain ways in which peaceful resistance can be employed. She will teach about roles and skills needed to carry out numerous peaceful resistance tactics and prepare people to organize actions, including non violent civil disobedience. Trainings are free of charge and open to the public.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Public Hearings on Spectra AIM Pipeline Expansion

Brewster, NY
Wednesday 1/21
6pm
Henry H. Wells Middle School Auditorium
570 Route 312
Brewster, NY 10509
Stony Point, NY
Thursday 1/22
6pm
Stony Point Community Center
5 Clubhouse Lane
Stony Point, NY 10980
The DEC must issue permits to Spectra for the pipeline expansion to take place.
If the DEC denies the relevant permits, the pipeline expansion cannot proceed.
It is crucial that we have a large turnout for these meetings and we make the DEC aware of the impacts this project will have on the health and safety of our community!
For more information or to submit written comments, contact:
Michael T. Higgins, Project Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750,
Phone: (518) 402-9179, Fax: (518) 402-9168,
E-mail: AIMProject@dec.ny.gov

 Week of Respect and Resistance Event

Saturday 12/13 at 11:30am
Danbury Green Shopping Center
113 Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT 06811 (near Trader Joe’s)

(See below of other events being organized in other states)

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Press Release:

Northeast Residents Coordinate Multi-State Week of Action 
Against Fracked-Gas Pipeline Expansion 
 
(Burrillville, RI; Danbury, CT; West Roxbury, MA) Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route for Spectra’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance”, with actions from December 13 – December 19 in opposition to the project. 
The actions are planned in anticipation of the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee due on or about December 19, 2014. The week of action will target local, state and federal legislators and government agencies – all of whom have direct roles or influence in the approval of the project. These actions will build on the numerous rallies, vigils, meetings and call-in campaigns that have been happening across the states for the past several months.
“We are calling this a Week of Respect and Resistance: respect, because it’s important to honor the other struggles for justice that have come before us and those that are taking place right now around the world. It’s also time for Spectra and our elected officials to respect our power and respect our desire to see a world powered by community owned renewable energy. Resistance means that if this project is approved by FERC, our resistance will only escalate,” FANG organizer Nick Katkevich explains.
Susan Van Dolsen of SAPE in NY said, “Individual groups have been organizing tirelessly in our respective areas by talking to legislators and state agencies, and we are now coming together to emphasize that this is one pipeline project, four states, one loud collective voice saying ‘Stop the Spectra Algonquin pipeline expansion!’”
The New York and Connecticut action will be outside of Danbury Green Shopping Center, 113 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, CT 06811 (near Trader Joe’s) on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Suzannah Glidden of SAPE said, “Children, the elderly and those with pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions living near compressor stations are at very high risk. Blowdowns when maintenance takes place create dangerous health exacerbations. Metering and regulating stations also release toxic emissions.”
Many elected officials in New York, including Congresswoman Nita Lowey, wrote to FERC requesting an independent risk assessment of the massive 42″ new segment of pipeline that would run 105 feet from critical structures at the Indian Point nuclear facility.
A nationally renowned pipeline expert, Rick Kuprewicz of AccuFacts, in a report commissioned by the Town of Cortlandt stated, “Accufacts cannot overstress the importance of performing a full and complete process hazard safety analysis, independently demonstrating, especially to the public, that there will be no interplay between a possible gas transmission pipeline rupture and the IPEC facilities to failsafe shutdown or cause a loss of radiation containment in such a sensitive and highly populated area of the country.”
As a result of citizen advocacy, Congressman Stephen Lynch and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote a letter to FERC Chairperson Cheryl LaFleur expressing concern about the new pipeline lateral that passes through West Roxbury near an active quarry.
Recently, Fossil Free RI launched a campaign urging the Rhode Island Department of Health to block the expansion of the compressor station in Burrillville, citing elevated asthma rates in the surrounding area. The Green Party of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Clean Water Action, Occupy Providence, the the Voluntown Peace Trust have already signed on, and other organizations are in the process of doing so.
“We are at a critical juncture. Expanding the Spectra Algonquin pipeline will lock us into a reliance on fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come. Communities across the region are coming together to oppose this pipeline and call for clean energy alternatives, energy conservation and efficiencies,” says Michelle Weiser, Community Organizer with Toxics Action Center.
If approved, Spectra would begin construction as early as March 2015 and the project would be completed in November 2016. Another Spectra expansion, the Atlantic Bridge, is planned to follow right after the AIM project with additional expanded segments of massive 42” diameter high-pressure pipeline segments and compressor station expansions, and a third project is also in the works.
These expansions would be devastating to the entire northeast region and much of the gas would be shipped overseas to foreign markets. “Even if the governmental agencies fail us and approve this project, our nonviolent resistance will only escalate. This week will be a demonstration of our commitment to stop this pipeline at all costs,” says Katkevich.
Groups involved with the action include: Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (NY); Sierra Club (CT); Greater Danbury MoveOn.org Council (CT); Capitalism v. The Climate (CT); Occupy Danbury (CT); Fighting Against Natural Gas (RI); Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion (RI); Fossil Free Rhode Island (RI); Green Party of Rhode Island (RI); Occupy Providence (RI); Toxics Action Center (MA & RI); Mothers Out Front; No New Fracked Gas Infrastructure in West Roxbury, Dedham, or New England (MA); Flood Boston (MA) and Better Future Project (MA).
CONTACTS:
Nick Katkevich
Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG) 
Phone:  401-572-8148
Email: nkatkevich@gmail.com
Susan Van Dolsen
Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)
Phone: 914-525-8886

Email: svandolsen@gmail.com

In Massachusetts:
No NEW Fracked Gas Infrastructure in West Roxbury, Dedham or NEW England!
SATURDAY 12/13
11:30AM
Legacy Place Mall
950 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA
Click link above for more info
Rally Against the Spectra/Algonquin Pipeline
Date: Sat. Oct. 25
Time: 12-3 p.m.
Place: Pugsley Park
1038-1098 Main Street, Peekskill, NY
Co-sponosred by the Reynolds Hills, Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR), Keep Yorktown Safe (KYS) and Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)

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Join Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam residents and elected officials united in opposition to Spectra’s plans to build and expand a 42″ diameter high-pressure natural gas pipeline and gas infrastructure through the Hudson Valley! Elected officials, candidates for local offices, residents, and activists will speak.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could permit this project as soon as December 2014.  The construction, planned for 2015 and 2016, will entail new and expanded gas pipeline from Rockland into Westchester and Putnam Counties.  A new 42″ pipeline will cross the Hudson River and enter Westchester just 1500 feet from the Indian Point nuclear power plant with its 40 years of spent fuel rods on two fault lines and interesting with two 1,000 megawatt electrical transmission lines. This new pipeline will run just 450 feet from the Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School.

Buchanan and Yorktown will also be getting new “pigging stations” for the removal of the hazardous, radioactive decay products that accumulate in the pipelines. Both pigging stations will be close to homes, parks, and schools.

Rockland and Putnam Counties will also see their existing compressor stations which vent gas and other toxins, expanded. (See a map of the project in Westchester here: http://goo.gl/Y3EmNP, Rockland here: http://goo.gl/SouQtq, and Fairfield, CT here: http://goo.gl/RH991r).

Many residents don’t realize that Spectra is planning two additional pipeline expansions on the same Algonquin line that will turn the ROCKLAND, WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM, and FAIRFIELD, CT into a superhighway for fracked gas.

The Atlantic Bridge project is basically a continuation of the AIM project. In 2017, the 26” diameter pipeline will be replaced by 42” diameter pipeline from Yorktown through Somers to Carmel. Compressor stations will be expanded again, and a pigging station moved to a residential neighborhood on the border of Carmel and Somers.

The final project, Access Northeast, is a $3B partnership with Northeast Utilities to expand pipelines all over the Northeast.

RSVP for additional details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506417959600681
Read more about what is happening with these projects here: https://sape2016.org/category/press/
To stay updated join the Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sape2016/
Spectra Presentation update on the AIM Project to Buchanan Town Board
Monday October 6, 2014
7:30pm
Village Hall
236 Tate Ave
Buchanan, NY
Spectra Presentation on the Atlantic Bridge Project to Somers Town Board
Thursday October 9, 2014
7:00pm
335 Route 202
Somers, NY  10589

Spectra Atlantic Bridge Informational Meeting

Monday, Sept 29th
5:30-7:30pm

American Legion Hall
235 Veterans Rd
Yorktown Heights, NY

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Spectra has started the 2nd phase of the pipeline expansion through Yorktown. And this Monday, Sept. 29th you have a chance to hear from Spectra about the project.

Please attend the Informational meeting about the Atlantic Bridge project and how, along with the Algonquin (AIM) project, it wil impact our community in Yorktown. This is coming through your neighborhood and parks. Be informed. Show up and ask questions.

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