Group holds vigil in opposition to AIM pipeline
Amanda Fries is reporting in the Times Union protesters held a "Climate Justice Vigil" Sun., Sept. 25, outside the governor's mansion in Albany. The group cited environmental, health and public-safety concerns in their effort to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take more aggressive action to stop the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline. The vigil was sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline and drew 21 people, including a Buddhist monk, and the members of several anti-fracking and anti-pipeline groups. Cuomo last year called for a halt to pipeline construction pending a review by state agencies of its safety and environmental impact, but the request was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The major point of concern is the pipeline's proposed proximity to Indian Point. Parts of the pipeline would be located within 105 feet of the nuclear complex, and a pipeline rupture could cut off power to the plant and endanger those nearby, protesters said. AIM is a project of Houston-based Spectra Energy. It runs along the existing Algonquin line that carries gas from New Jersey and points west to the Boston area. Once running, it would bring hydrofractured gas from Pennsylvania through New York and on to Canada for export. Paula Clair, a protester from Garrison, noted that the AIM pipeline is due to be operational Nov. 1. "That's a little more than a month from now, so this is an urgent situation," she said. Read the full story in the Times Union.