Current Local Issue: The Algonquin Pipeline
The Algonquin Pipeline expansion is still ongoing in parts of Westchester and eastern Putnam County, NY.
“Nuclear regulatory officials have no plans to reconsider their decision to allow the expansion of a natural gas pipeline near the Indian Point power plant. (Expected to be shut down completely in the next few years.)
Their decision comes despite renewed interest from state agencies over an issue that has ignited protests throughout the Hudson Valley.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission concluded in 2014 that in the event of a rupture to the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline, Indian Point’s two energy-producing reactors could safely shut down.
But several state agencies, in a June 22 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), released the findings of a risk analysis it commissioned more than two years ago, which raised new questions about the NRC’s findings and urged a re-evaluation of the risks the pipeline poses to public safety.”
Completed segment known as the Algonquin Pipeline:
This segment, running from New Jersey, through Westchester and Putnam Counties in NY was still in litigation as of the end of 2017. See items 5) & 6) listed below. The last segment going from CT to Halifax, Nova Scotia is still tied up in reviews and legal challenges in Massachusetts. By segmenting the project, the natural gas company, Spectra, was able to skirt a more complex review of the impact on our natural resources and populations living in proximity to the pipeline.
1) Proposed, larger gas pipe size is within 100 feet of the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant.
2) Federal Energy Commission (FERC) refuses to have an independent, safety review of the expansion.
3) Gas is not intended for domestic consumption but for foreign sales, linking pipeline to Boston Harbor.
4) Additional history, information updates and contacts to protest project: www.sape2016.org
5) 9.22.17 Yorktown Heights, NY: http://www.senrg.org/granite-knolls-park-yorktown/
6) 12.4.17 Somers, NY: http://www.senrg.org/atlantic-bridge/
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