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More Spectrastrophe

Imminent danger to safety, health and property in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland!

Come to teach-ins Wednesday Dec 11 and Thursday Dec 12, 2013 make comments.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing a major expansion to Spectra Energy Corporation’s Algonquin natural gas pipeline and compressor stations (AIM Project). It will also run through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

  • High pressure large 42” diameter transmission pipeline near Indian Point is 44% larger than the current pipe.

  • Dangerous route!  From Stony Point, the proposed new pipeline may go under the Hudson River, enter Westchester, and intersect with proposed mega-voltage electric lines, near Indian Point’s 40 years of spent nuclear fuel rods, all in close proximity to the Ramapo faultline.

  • Public safety risk!  Explosions have occurred in both compressor stations and gas pipelines.  An explosion at or near Indian Point would be an unimaginable catastrophe.

  • Algonquin pipeline will transport Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale gas which contains high levels of contaminants including radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S.

  • Noisy, polluting compressor stations proposed for Stony Point and Southeast expose people, pets and wildlife to many tons of highly toxic emissions per year.

  • Health effects associated with compressor stations emissions:  nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, respiratory, developmental and neurological problems, breast, kidney and liver cancer.

  • Risk to home values!  The proximity of the high pipelines and potential for an explosion could negatively impact your property, diminish its value, and reduce your quality of life.

ACTION STEPS YOU CAN TAKE!

  • Submit your comments expressing your concerns on this project to FERC.  Go to www.ferc.gov, click on Documents and Filings.  Use eComment for a short statement, eFiling for a longer one.  The comment should refer to Algonquin Incremental Market Project, Docket PF13-16.  Address comments to Ms. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.

  • Contact your local, state, county and federal elected officials to let them know that you are concerned about this project.

TO LEARN ABOUT THE RISKS TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR PROPERTY, YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ABOUT THE PIPELINE EXPANSION

Important information will be presented by independent experts who will discuss pipelines, emissions and health impacts from pipeline projects.

Wilma Subra, President, Subra Company; Former Vice-Chair of EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award recipient. Ms. Subra provides technical assistance to citizens across the United States who are concerned with their environment by combining technical research and evaluation. This information is then presented to community members to create strategies that address their local struggles.

Richard Kuprewicz, President, Accufacts Inc., an energy consulting firm providing independent “Clear Knowledge in the Over Information Age.”  Richard provides neutral third party analysis to assist decision makers in reaching appropriate and informed conclusions regarding energy infrastructure, including their risk assessment and management.
(Presentation via Skype)

Matthew Walker, Community Outreach Coordinator, Clean Air Council. Matt has been working closely with grassroots organizations, environmental groups and citizens to raise awareness about the impacts of shale gas infrastructure on air quality. He also will discuss renewable energy policies that promote a healthy, sustainable future.

Wed. Dec. 11th

Hendrick Hudson Free Library

185 Kings Ferry Road
Montrose, NY 10548
914-739-5654
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Thurs. Dec. 12th

Mahopac Library

666 Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541
845-628-2009
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Additional speaker at Dec. 11 event:
Gary Shaw, 
Founding member of Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (ISPEC), a coalition of environmental, health and public policy organizations, founded in 2001 to address the vulnerability of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point. 

Additional speaker at Dec. 12 event:
Nadia Steinzor,
 Eastern Program Coordinator of the Oil & Gas Accountability Project at Earthworks, a national organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mining and energy development.

RSVP via EventBrite links:
12/11 in Montrose, NY: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9114468621
12/12 in Mahopac, NY: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9115748449
For more information contact us.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/200411396811196

SAPE Founders: Paula Clair, Resident of Philipstown; Suzannah Glidden and Marian Rose, Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition (CWCWC); Susan McDonnell, Cortlandt WATCH; Jerry Ravnitzky, Concerned Residents of Carmel & Mahopac; Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education; Susan Van Dolsen, Westchester for Change

Co-Sponsors (List in formation): Air Soil Water; Better Future Project; Debby Bobson, Resident of Ardsley; Bronx Greens; Businesses Against Fracking NY; Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy; Catskill Mountainkeeper; Chefs for the Marcellus; Clearwater; ClimateMama; Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline; Community Watersheds Clean Water Coalition; Concerned Families of Westchester; Concerned Residents of Carmel & Mahopac; Cortlandt WATCH; Damascus Citizens for Sustainability; Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Essex/Passaic Green Party; Federated Conservationists of Westchester County; Food & Water Watch; Food & Water Watch NJ; GMOFreeCT; Grassroots Environmental Education; Hutchinson River Restoration Project; Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; League of Women Voters Rivertowns NY; New Jersey Sierra Club; New Yorkers Against Fracking; Northeast Organic Farming Association-CT; NYC Friends of Clearwater; NYH2O; Otsego 2000, Inc.; Pepacton Institute, LLC; Rockland Coalition Against Fracking; Roseland Against Compressor Station; SACRED; Sane Energy Project; Save Cummins Hill; Shut Down Indian Point Now!; Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; Sister Carol De Angelo, Sisters of Charity; Stop the Minisink Compressor Station; The Mothers Project; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton and Ossining; United for Action; WESPAC; Westchester for Change; Westchester SAFE

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