Stop Expansion of Dirty Gas Pipeline

Algonquin natural gas pipeline expansion project

Target: Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Goal: Stop a toxic and dangerous gas pipeline expansion project from moving forward

An already existing pipeline that invades New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts has a proposed plan for expansion. If this pipeline leaks, its proximity to a nuclear power station, transmission lines, and a natural water source could lead to an accident that completely destroys the environment and harms innocent citizens. The time is now to demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deny Spectra Energy’s request for greedy enlargement.

Texas-based company hopes to increase the 16-inch pipeline to a whopping 42-inch pipe, a plan known as the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project. This increase would also require the upgrade of two compressor stations. The pipeline will carry natural gas, retrieved by the invasive process of deep earth fracturing.

The pipeline will carry the gas and volatile chemicals across the Hudson River, under two 1,000-megawatt transmission lines, bisect two earthquake fault lines, and come dangerously close to the Indian Point Nuclear Facility. This facility hosts 40-year-old spent nuclear rods. A pipeline incident could become a catastrophic disaster. The location of this pipeline is already so risky even without the idea of an expansion.

Spectra Energy proposed this expansion in 2013 and hopes that it would be operating by late 2016. The decision will be made soon and it is vital that the FERC understands the severity of the expansion. It is not just the pipeline that poses a risk, the associated compressor stations do too. These stations threaten surrounding residents and wildlife. Compressor stations emit toxic hazards that are known to cause nosebleeds, dizziness, headaches, skin rashes, and breast, kidney, and liver cancer. The FERC should conduct an observant and unbiased environmental and health impact study for every inch of this pipeline enlargement project. By signing this petition, you are urging the FERC to deny the request for expansion. The expansion is another block that builds the nonrenewable energy industry of fracking.


Dear Chairman LaFleur,

Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project threatens the environment and communities that live near this pipeline. The pipeline expansion will support the nonrenewable energy of natural gas. This gas is retrieved by the controversial and destructive process of fracking or fracturing. The pipeline will only accommodate the demand for this dirty fuel. Furthermore, the pipeline poses even more risks by its proximity to earth faults, the fresh water of the Hudson River, two 1,000-megawatt transmission lines, and the Indian Power Nuclear Facility.

This country should start looking forward to protecting natural resources and citizen well being instead of finding new ways to pollute and harm. Citizens near the pipeline already live in fear of a leak even without this 200%  expansion from 16-inch pipes to 42-inch pipes. Also, communities near the upgraded compressor stations will pay the cost of toxic emissions with their help. The emissions from compressor stations are known to cause headaches, nosebleeds, skin rashes, and various forms of cancer.

This petition begs you to deny the request for the AIM project. A proper health and environmental assessment would prove that this expansion is not safe for the environment or local residents. Please take action to stop the pollution and destruction before it starts.


[Your Name Here]

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