Emergency Call to Action! In support of SAPE2016.org, Please keep calling these public officials!
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer: 212-486-4430
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:212-688-6262
U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey: 914-428-1707
U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel: 718-796-9700
U.S. Congressman Sean Maloney: 845-561-1259
Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518-474-8390
Tell them: Stand with millions of New Yorkers by speaking out publicly and to President Obama for emergency action to halt construction of the dangerous AIM pipeline now. Spectra’s construction has not ceased. Demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescind its approval of the AIM pipeline project and stop AIM pipeline construction immediately.
Last week, Governor Cuomo finally ordered 4 state agencies; the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Public Service to conduct an independent safety assessment of Spectra’s dangerous 42″ diameter, high pressure AIM gas pipeline sited only 105 feet from critical infrastructure at the aging and troubled Indian Point nuclear power plant. The letter submitted by the Governor and these state agencies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also called for a halt to the AIM pipeline construction and retraction of FERC’s approval of the AIM pipeline project.
Although local, state and federal officials have written letters to FERC calling for an independent risk assessment, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have been largely silent on the issue. They must get off the sidelines and join with Congressmembers Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey and publicly advocate at all levels to bring this potentially catastrophic project to a halt immediately while proper risk analyses are performed.
We must also keep the pressure on Governor Cuomo to continue to use the power of his office and publicly advocate for an immediate halt to the construction of the AIM pipeline and for FERC’s withdrawal of its approval of the project.
Nuclear and pipeline safety experts have repeatedly warned that a pipeline rupture adjacent to Indian Point could result in a nuclear catastrophe similar to or worse than the Fukushima nuclear disaster and threatens more than 20 million people who live within a 50 mile radius in the New York tri-state region. The pipeline poses a serious threat whether Indian Point is open or shut and decommissioned with 40 years of radioactive spent fuel remaining on site. A comprehensive, independent risk assessment was never conducted.
Furthermore, the aging Indian Point nuclear reactors, whose licenses expired in 2013 and 2015, have been plagued with numerous problems including several events in the last year alone. Since last month, exceedingly high levels of leaking tritium have been detected in monitoring wells at Indian Point. Significant concerns have been raised regarding adverse impacts to the degraded nuclear plant from the ongoing pipeline construction activities which were likely never evaluated.
Plan to Expand a Pipeline at Indian Point Raises Concerns, New York Times, 2/28/16: