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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Project Public Comment Hearing
The second part of Spectra Energy's illegally segmented Spectra Pipeline is up on the docket. #1 = AIM #2 = Atlantic Bridge and #3 = Access Northeast. Spectra Energy is pretending these are 3 different project to avoid any responsibility for cumulative impacts.
The Atlantic Bridge project is the second of Spectra's impermissibly segmented gas expansion projects on the Algonquin line that runs from Ramapo, NJ to Boston. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a public legislative hearing to receive comments tomorrow night, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Yorktown Community Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce St. in Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. The Atlantic Bridge expansion will carry fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale to New England and on to Canada for export.
New York residents as well as advocacy gruops will ask NYS DEC to reject the permits for the Atlantic Bridge project. The comments can be made either verbally at the hearing or in writing by October 28.
Main reasons given to oppose the Atlantic Bridge project:
-This project which will cause further damage to the NYC watershed, "the largest unfiltered water supply in the nation." The DEC is responsible for protecting the water supply for the 8 million residents of New York City and over one million people in Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Westchester. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/25599.html
-Spectra has intentionally broken the massive expansion into three separate projects to avoid a full review of cumulative impacts.
-The Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healy, commissioned a study that determined that the Spectra gas pipeline expansions are not needed to meet demand for electricity and the demand can be met "more cheaply and cleanly through energy efficiency and demand response." http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/energy-utilities/reros-infographic.pdf
-The continued expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure undermines New York State Public Service Commission's recent Clean Energy Standard that aims to have New York generate 50% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
-The massive buildout of gas infrastructure contributes significantly to climate change due to fugitive methane emissions all along the pipeline system. Methane is not regulated in NY State and it is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.
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