Saturday, September 17, 2016
New York activist flotilla protest fracked gas pipeline next to Indian Point
Climate Defenders take to the rivers and the sea to protest the Spectra AIM Pipeline.
Verplanck, NY – Today, as Spectra Energy prepared to drag its 42-inch diameter, high pressure, fracked-methane gas pipeline under the Hudson River adjacent to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, activists boated out on the Hudson to the pipeline site to protest the pipeline project. Spectra Energy’s proposed AIM Pipeline would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New England, despite a report from the Massachusetts Attorney General that shows no need for this gas. In New York, if completed, the AIM Pipeline would carry gas through residential communities and within 105 feet of critical safety facilities at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.
Andrew Courtney of New York described their activities as follows: “We are hitting the water today in solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers who gave us the Two Row Wampum Hudson long paddle two years ago and whose name for this river was ‘A river that flows two ways.’ We stand with our activist kayakers in Seattle and most recently on the Missouri River in collaboration with the Standing Rock protectors actions in North Dakota."
Iemanja Brown, a New Yorker who also sailed in the flotilla, added: “I’m kayaking to raise awareness about the risks that the AIM Pipeline project poses to the Hudson River. This is a really important ecosystem for wildlife and human communities, for fish migration and fresh water. We need to advocate for its health and shut down profit-seeking destructive projects that will endanger us all!”
Today’s action is the latest development in an ongoing effort to stop Spectra Energy from constructing their massive Algonquin Incremental Market Expansion project. On August 3rd, both New York Senators wrote to FERC, calling for an immediate halt to construction of the pipeline; FERC has so far ignored the Senators’ request. Earlier, on February 29, 2016, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an immediate halt to construction while the state conducts an independent risk assessment. FERC has the legal authority to issue a stop work order, yet continues to ignore elected officials' calls for protection of public safety. Residents and advocates are calling on Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to use their influence to stop the pipeline once and for all, and are calling on Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand to attend the next FERC meeting on September 22nd in Washington, DC.
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