Not long after Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for a halt in the construction of Spectra Energy’s natural gas pipeline until independent health and safety studies are conducted, the energy company shot back at the New York Democrats Friday afternoon, telling them that construction will continue.

“Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction, in accordance with the FERC certificate, to meet the project’s critical construction timeframes and safely transport additional supplies of clean, reliable, domestic natural gas to heat the region’s homes and businesses beginning in November of this year,” Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach Marylee Hanley told The Peekskill Post when asked about the senators’ comments.

• Congresswoman Lowey and Entergy trade barbs on 30th anniversary of Chernobyl
 Spectra defies Cuomo: ‘Algonquin pipeline will continue’
FERC: ‘We are not commenting on that letter’; no plans to halt construction
Lowey, Murphy weigh in on Indian Point
• Testa: Entergy optimistic it’s found source of leak at Indian Point

In calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop construction so safety reviews can take place, Schumer mentioned the pipeline’s proximity to Indian Point Energy Center.

“As I have said before, I have serious concerns with the Algonquin gas pipeline project because it poses a threat to the quality of life, environmental, health and safety of residents across the Hudson Valley and New York State without any long-term benefit to the communities it would impact,” Schumer said in Friday’s joint press release with Gillibrand. “It presents even more safety concerns given its proximity to Indian Point.”

Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Entergy, which runs Indian Point, said safety reviews have already determined that the pipeline poses no threat to the nuclear energy center.

“Multiple comprehensive technical analyses have been performed by engineering experts who determined there is no potential impact to Indian Point from a pipeline rupture,” Nappi said. “The information has been accepted and approved by a federal agency with expertise in the matter.”

A representative with FERC declined to comment on the situation.

A “direct action” protest to stop the pipeline is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday at Spectra Energy’s Metering and Regulating Station at the intersection of Albany Post Road and Lower South Street in Peekskill.

Peekskill resident Courtney Williams, who is organizing the protest, said residents, activists and elected officials are expected to try to block construction of the pipeline.

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  43. Heck yes! Our Govt. is doing NIL to protect us. I say we complain to the AG’s office, who brags on his site that he has 40 full time lawyers dedicated to a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for environmental hazards. Why are we not calling and writing the Attorney General Of NY State everyday? He is legally obligated to protect us from this very type of threat!

  44. The New York Senators have been fed a bunch of nonsense by the environmental crazies. The Algonquin Pipeline does not represent a new threat to the nuclear power plant.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled on this pipeline project on Jan 23rd, 2015. The ruling is available on line at…/…/enviro/eis/2015/01-23-15-eis.asp

    Please read this, and notice that most of the work is not new pipelines. The company wants to replace old pipe with new pipe. This sounds like it should increase safety. Note that most of the pipeline is already in place, so this is not a new project: the pipes are already there.

    “The proposed Project facilities include the construction and operation of about 37.4 miles of pipeline in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, composed of the following facilities:

    replacement of 26.3 miles of existing pipeline with a 16- or 42-inch-diameter pipeline;
    extension of an existing loop pipeline with about 3.3 miles of additional 12- and 36-inch-diameter pipeline within Algonquin’s existing right-of-way; and
    installation of about 7.8 miles of new 16-, 24-, and 42-inch-diameter pipeline.”

    “About 35 miles (93 percent) of the 37.4 miles of Project pipeline facilities would be within or adjacent to existing rights-of-way.
    The majority of the pipeline facilities (70 percent) would replace existing Algonquin pipelines within existing rights-of-way.”

    So Our Senators (plus Andy the Engineer Cuomo and his lap dogs Seggos (DEC) and Zucker (DOH)) have suddenly noticed that this will be near Indian Point. Brilliant, since 70% of the project is replacing old pipelines already in place.

    Which would you rather have? Old pipelines near a nuclear plant or new pipelines? Instead of asking for work to be stopped, the Senators should be asking what can be done to get the job finished sooner. And the folks in New England certainly could use more natural gas to help bring their electricity costs down.

  45. No one is uninformed here Stephen. This pipeline is to improve Spectra Energy’s private profit while passing off cost to the local rate-payers. Spectra Energy has a dismal safety record. Families who want to protect their homes are not radicals. Local business owners who are being pushed around by Spectra are not radicals. The large group of local elected officials who are against this pipeline are not radicals. Spectra is lying to the community. Spectra is pushing their employees, many of whom are from other parts of the nation – not local workers, to cut corners and make dangerous decisions. Spectra Energy lobbies decision-makers to prop up an esoteric and opaque system that keeps the public from having a meaningful comment and input session with them before they steal property to build their pipeline. Spectra prevents local workers from having access to new renewable jobs that can clean up our nation and provide true economic independence.
    Shame on you, not our representatives, for attempting to paint hard-working families for wanting a peaceful life as radicals. Spectra is the radical here. They want to destroy everything in their path for personal profit, and silence those who try to teach them otherwise.

  46. What amazes me is that we continue to rely on fossil fuels and this is what is the root cause of this issue. Wind turbines all over Europe, solar powering most of that continent and methane gas driving many areas needs. What will it take to wake America up to the fact that we are a third world country as far as our fuel needs.

  47. There will be 3000 people banging on their doors if they kill this ongoing, approved safety enhancing upgrade to this 60 year old EXISTING pipeline. They feed their families on this work. It would be one thing if it was a new line, but improving an older line in the same ROW? Hard to understand the bad feelings. Lots of uninformed people.

  48. If you want to point fingers, it is the people opposing this project that are spreading the misinformation and making up facts to fit their narrative. This has been vetted for 3 years and is improving an existing line. Our NY Senate Reps. Should be ashamed that they are pandering to radical activists while trying to take food off the table of thousands of working men and women on this project.

  49. i wish you hadn’t used that “word”. i hear that name enough. 😉

    I can’t believe this Kim. See you this morning.

  50. So much of the rhetoric needs challenged! I’ll start with, “Algonquin Gas Transmission resumed construction on the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project in April and will continue with its construction, in accordance with the FERC certificate, to meet the project’s critical construction timeframes and safely transport additional supplies of clean, reliable, domestic natural gas to heat the region’s homes and businesses beginning in November of this year,” Spectra’s Director of Stakeholder Outreach Marylee Hanley ” There is nothing clean, reliable or natural about the fracked gas from the shalefields of Pennsylvania! NOTHING! IT IS WORSE THAN COAL when compared start to finish and the methane it throws off heats the atmosphere 28 times more than carbon! Stop the insanity and the lies. They want to export the fracked gas to Asia where it commands a higher price. Domestic prices will go up because of this, which is the industries desired effect. Life in the shalefields is toxic, farms are destroyed, business’s ruined!

  51. Ida Tarbell’s diligent research into the greedy machinations of Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company monopoly, took the company down. We who are fighting Spectra Energy’s AIM pipeline that is spreading it’s huge tentacles through our communities, will prevail in taking Spectra down. Spectra Energy, one of the major pipeline companies, gets projects supportd by paying off massive amounts of money to politicians via lobbyists and to FERC the agency who rubber stamps all pipeline proposals. Yes we’re on to you Spectra! And on to FERC and how it sustains itself by secretly colluding with those it perports to be “regulating”. Stay tuned.

  52. A clear sign that a private corporation thinks it can trump the our local government, steal our property, offshore tax money, abuse workers, kill our water sources, lie that their product is for a domestic economy when they are hightailing the product for overseas profit at the cost of the local rate-payers underlines the arrogance of this company, and the complete disregard of the will of the people who oppose this dangerous project that will put 20 million people and our national financial center at risk.

    The problem is… we’re onto you, Spectra. The educated public is growing, and we’re not going to let you get away with it.

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