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Petition Launched to Stop Gas Pipeline Expansion Through Hudson Valley

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A petition has been launched to thwart a natural gas pipeline expansion project that winds its way through the Hudson Valley into New England.

Texas-based Spectra Energy says it needs to expand the existing Algonquin and Maritimes pipelines "to meet critical demand for reliable electric power generation." The company announced its plans earlier this month. 

"Spectra Energy stands ready with a unique solution to New England’s need for reliable electricity supply," said Bill Yardley, Spectra Energy’s president of U. S. Transmission and Storage, in a statement. "Our pipelines are in the right place at the right time to supply the region’s electric plants with affordable, clean, domestic natural gas. To enhance the reliability of approximately 60% of these generators, we can expand our mainline and lateral facilities along our existing pipeline footprint while minimizing the effect on communities and the environment."

The pipeline crosses through parts of Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties, and a group of residents is not happy about the planned project, in part for safety reasons and also what it could mean for their neighborhoods.

"The proximity of the high pressure pipelines and potential for an explosion could negatively impact your property, diminish its value, and reduce your quality of life," states Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion group on its website.

The project is being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to The Journal News, and some residents of Cortlandt have written letters in opposition to the plan. A group of Peekskill residents are also planning to meet to discuss what they can do.

Click here and here to see Patch's past coverage of the Algonquin Pipeline issue.


Bill July 14, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Joe S. Is correct. If this pipeline goes within a half mile of Indian Point there should be, plainly, a rerouting. However, Joe also says (correctly) that all fossil fuels are finite in supply. BUT if this is a major concern of any American; their own energy is better spent opposing the NG export plants being built right now along the Gulf Coast.Than stopping this clean energy from going to a region of our country. People must understand the difference between environmentalism and NIMBYism. Natural gas is cleaner, only because it is much lower in carbon than coal or oil. It is not renewable, but us a much better bridge than coal. And true, present day fracking technology is wrong, and bad for the environment; but this gas will be burned here, by us in Westchester, and in New England, or burned in China, Malaysia, or other export destinations.
Bill July 14, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Sage,above, makes a common error usually due to misunderstanding or or predjudice. I stand for this NG pipeline, as long as routing away from Indian Point; and proper automatic valving for a developed, populated region.the only reason to oppose it is NIMBYISM. AND I opposed the creation, licencing, and operation of the Indian Point Nuclear reactor. It is insane to have such a ticking time bomb, such a terrorist magnet just upwind of the capital of the world. In fact, I opposed the FATHER of Indian Point, the nuclear reactor proposed for Davids Island in New Rochelle. So Sage, give it up. And Joe S, study what the people of New Rochelle did when a major power line was main through our city, to improve the spotty electric power on western Long Island. We knew our neighbors needed this power, so we tolerated three years of disruption. Learn the difference between environmentalism (or conservationism) and. NIMBYISM.
Joe Stampf July 14, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Bill, understand your points, each viewpoint has its merits and its downsides. I don't feel opposing the pipeline is strictly NIMBYISM, since in addition to the safety concerns presented in this article, which you propose can be mitigated, there is still the larger concern about the green house gases produced by the fracking sites (CO2 and Methane) and global warming. I feel that it is more prudent for the long-term good of our country (and planet) to focus more resources on developing renewable sources of energy rather than extracting further fossil fuels, even if they do burn somewhat cleaner relative to oil and gas, and even if we (the US) have an abundant supply to exploit.
Joe Stampf July 14, 2014 at 03:22 PM
(oops... I meant 'relative to oil and coal')
Laborers Local 754 July 15, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Joe, This project is being vetted thoroughly and according to FERC guidelines. The misinformation released by this anti-AIM group is bordering on criminal. There is the existing R.O,W. at Indian Point as we speak. This will upgrade the infrastructure at NO TAXPAYER COST and provide hundreds of Union Tradesmen great jobs. Stop with all the lies against this project! Yorktown lost out on millions in free public ball fields because of the misinformation coordinated by groups such as this. It is scary in today's world this can happen. The project is mainly take up and re-lay in Rockland and Westchester with compressor upgrades. If anything, people will be safer because of this project.

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