20,000 signatures reached
To: Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo
Reject Siting of Massive New Spectra Gas Pipeline Next to Indian Point Nuclear Facility
URGENT! We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to exercise the power of your office to ensure that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescind its approval of the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion project. You must stand with your constituents and local, county and state elected officials to stop the project immediately!
Why is this important?
Here's why: We delivered over 25,000 signatures to Sen. Schumer's local office on July 13 and to Governor Cuomo's in NYC on July 14. We want to boost our numbers and do a deliveries in Albany. Please help us reach 30,000 signatures!
FERC has given permission to Spectra Energy Corporation to build a new 42-inch diameter, high-pressure gas pipeline next to the aging and troubled Indian Point nuclear power facility. This new pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to the lives and property of more than 20 million people living and working within a 50-mile radius, including the New York City metropolitan area. A comprehensive and independent risk assessment has not been conducted despite multiple requests from experts, elected officials and the public. Senator Schumer and Governor Cuomo must make a public statement calling on FERC to rescind its approval of the project immediately.
• Pipelines are subject to failures, ruptures and leaks, and accidents are common. The most recent incident involving a Spectra pipeline occurred in the Arkansas River on May 31, 2015. The company itself wasn’t aware of the rupture for at least 24 hours.An investigation is underway. (1)
• Indian Point personnel are not able to shut off the flow of gas in the pipeline because the shut-off valves are operated remotely from Houston, Texas.
• Recognizing the significant risk of earthquakes and the potential impacts on the Indian Point facility, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered Entergy to conduct a seismic study that will not be completed until June, 2017. The NRC and FERC should rescind approval of the AIM pipeline in the absence of the results of the seismic study. (2)
• A transformer fire occurred at the facility on May 9, 2015. An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause. After the fire, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “You do not have a nuclear plant in as dense(ly) populated (an) area anywhere else on the globe—it’s literally about 20 miles from New York City. If something goes wrong at Indian Point, it goes seriously wrong and it affects a lot of people, so I’m very careful when it comes to Indian Point.” (3)
"An independent analysis should reflect the true gas dynamics of a high pressure gas transmission pipeline rupture next to the (nuclear) plant, not dismiss such an event as a low probability given its severe consequences." - Rick Kuprewicz, Accufacts
We urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to exercise the power of your office to immediately call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rescind its approval of the AIM project and for a comprehensive, transparent, and independent risk assessment to be conducted immediately.
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(1) Benjamin Hardy, “Arkansas Pipeline Blowout occurred on Sunday morning, Causes Still Unknown,” Arkansas Times, June 3, 2015. http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/06/03/arkansas-river-pipeline-blowout-occurred-on-sunday-morning-cause-still-unknown
(2)Matthew Wald, “Agency Urges Quake Study for Indian Point,” New York Times, May 9, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/10/nyregion/agency-urges-quake-study-for-indian-point.html
(3) Scott Waldman, “Cuomo Intensifies Criticism of Indian Point After Fire,” Capital New York, May 12, 2015. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/05/8567797/cuomo-intensifies-criticism-indian-point-after-fire
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