Organization Against Algonquin Pipeline To Meet Outside Schumer’s Peekskill Office

The non-profit organization against the Spectra Energy Algonquin Pipeline, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, also known as SAPE, will meet at 4 p.m. this afternoon outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in Peekskill to present a petition in opposition to the Algonquin Incremental Market Project. The online petition has garnered over 24,000 signatures, targeting a goal of 25,000. The group is inviting the public to join the gathering to reject the development site as the pipeline would be built in close proximity to the Indian Point Nuclear Facility in Buchanan. The group is concerned that the proposed 42″ high pressure gas pipeline could pose a threat to the community in the event of a rupture and fear the plant will not adequately respond to such an event. According to the petition, the Indian Point personnel would not be about to shut off the flow of gas in the event of an emergency as the shut-off valves are operated remotely from Houston, Texas. Also stated were concerns from recent incidents at the nuclear facility, namely the transformer fire from May 9. As of today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized the start of pipeline construction and is underway.

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