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Gas pipelines, bomb trains, and nuclear contamination are a danger to Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.
The Algonquin Incremental Market, or “AIM” project, is the construction of a 42-inch diameter high-pressure gas pipeline to transport fracked methane gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale formation across the Northeast to the port of Boston. AIM represents a catastrophic risk due to its proximity to both the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and to railways along the Hudson.
• Indian Point is 34 miles north of Times Square on the Hudson River; 20 million people live within its 50 mile-radius. Over 40 years, radioactive waste has accumulated in pools behind the reactor domes. On February 6th, 2016 Governor Cuomo reported a new leak where the radioactive tritium in one monitoring well increased by nearly 65,000 percent.
• Across from Indian Point, freight trains full of crude oil thunder along the Hudson River’s west bank. These “bomb trains” carry up to 120 cars, each filled with 30,000 gallons of Bakken Shale crude oil headed for refineries. Three explosive derailments of similar bomb trains occurred in 2015 in the US and Canada; a derailment along the Hudson could potentially ignite the AIM pipeline, while certainly spilling toxic crude oil into the river with tragic harm to its ecosystem.
In each case, the New York region benefits from neither AIM nor the bomb trains, while its citizens bear all the risk. Further compounding these risks is the location of AIM’s control panel in Texasfor the local shut-off valve. This distance creates a three-minute delay to reach the control system; however, the nearest physical shut-off valve is 3 miles from Indian Point. In some cases a physical inspection is neededbefore a valve can be closed, further delaying the response time to a pipeline failure.
The proposed AIM pipeline is a live fuse below the bomb train tracks; across the Hudson River, it emerges to run 105 feet from diesel fuel tanks powering Indian Point’s backup generators; then 400 feet from the local elementary school; through backyards, businesses, religious houses, and public parkland. As authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), private property has been seized by the US Government under “eminent domain,” yet the only apparent use for this methane gas is export to Europe; the Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healy is on record that the Bay State doesn’t need the gas.
Residents of the Hudson Valley and New York City are protesting AIM, organized through such groups as ResistAIM, SAPE2016 and Sane Energy Project. Joining their efforts are New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and local politicians, urging FERC to halt construction of the pipeline while the state health, environmental, and security agencies perform a comprehensive safety assessment of the AIM project. However, state and local officials are seemingly powerless to stop the project; on March 25, 2016, FERC denied New York’s request.
IT JUST DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THIS CAN HAPPEN IN AMERICA TODAY, YET IT IS.
Gas Pipelines, petroleum bomb trains, and nuclear contamination are a danger to Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.
is a project to install a 42-inch diameter high pressure gas pipeline. The proposed route crosses beneath the Hudson River then eastward across New York through Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
Face of Progress
Construction crews assemble on a natural wooded area, private property seized by eminent domain.
Woods of Yorktown, New York
This is the last photograph ever taken of these trees.
We Say No
Members of ResistAIM, an activist group, stand in the pathway of the AIM pipeline route.
Due to bats roosting and bird migration, tree felling is limited to October 1st through March.31st.
105 Feet Away
Within weeks, Spectra Energy fast-tracked the tree clearing and pipe work next to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. The pipeline is sited 105 freet away from the diesel fuel tanks that support Indian Point's backup generators.
Pressure Release Valve
To manage pressure levels, methane gas is periodically released into the atmosphere. Although burning methane to produce energy releases less carbon dioxide than coal, these raw methane releases diminish the climate change benefit: methane has approximately 86 times the greenhouse effect compared to carbon dioxide
Individuals must either mount a defense against Federal jurisdiction or accept the terms offered by Spectra.
Thunder Down the Hudson
Freight trains carry Bakken Shale crude oil down the Hudson River’s west bank. These trains have as many as 120 cars, each filled with 30 thousand gallons of crude oil. These trains are called Bomb Trains because they can, and do, explode.
Oil Pipeline on Rails
Three explosive derailments of similar bomb trains occurred in 2015 in the US and Canada; a derailment along the Hudson could potentially ignite the AIM pipeline, while certainly spilling toxic crude oil into the river with tragic harm to its ecosystem.
Indian Point’s Backup Generators
Each operating unit at Indian Point has four diesel backup generators—though only one is needed to provide cooling in a loss of offsite electrical power. The AIM pipeline runs 105 feet from the generators’ diesel storage tanks.
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant provides approximately 10% of New York state's electrical needs, or 25% of the demand from New York City and Westchester County. Twenty million people live within a 50 mile radius of Indian Point.
Over 40 years, radioactive waste has accumulated in pools behind the reactor domes. On February 6th, 2016 Governor Cuomo reported a new leak where the radioactive tritium in one monitoring well increased by nearly 65,000 percent.
The proposed AIM pipeline is a live fuse below the bomb train tracks; beneath the Hudson River; alongside diesel fuel tanks that power Indian Point’s backup generators.
During a rally in Albany, NY, a young protester expresses her concern about the future, borrowing from the Gettysburg Address.
Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
The AIM pipeline will be 400 feet away - well within the blast zone, from this K-5 school, its 300 students and 22 full-time teachers, What must it be like for parents to send their children to this school?
Demanding A Better World
Meet the new face of American citizens asking their Federal government to think about their safety. Fossil fuel infrastructure, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), continues to put communities at risk.
Choose Your Future
On February 29, 2016, the State of New York asked FERC to temporarily halt construction of the AIM pipeline for an independent risk assessment, citing the potential dangers of its proximity to the Indian Point nuclear plant.
State Troopers at Sunrise
While protesters formed a human blockade to thwart progress of AIM, New York State troopers were called to respond.
ResistAIM Will Not Stop
To date, 24 people have been arrested at four separate incidents.
State and local officials are seemingly powerless to stop the AIM project; on March 25, 2016, FERC denied New York’s request for an independent risk assessment.
It just doesn’t seem like this can happen in America today, yet it is.
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