Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Stop the construction of a new natural gas pipeline near a deteriorating power plant and highly populated area.
Yet another natural gas pipeline has been approved for construction, this one alarmingly close to an old and unstable power plant and close to New York City, by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In spite of the fact that numerous leaks from oil and gas pipelines have been revealed in recent months, the Spectra Energy Corporation wants to build another one that has the potential to threaten many millions of nearby residents.
This latest pipeline is all the more dangerous due to its close proximity to the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which is aging to the point that accidents and leaks have become more frequent. Just a couple months ago, the plant had to deal with a transformer fire that alarmed the nearby city, prompting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to state that “[i]f 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.”
Allowing a high-pressure natural gas pipeline next to the plant is not being very careful. A natural gas leak plus a fire from the nuclear facility could spell a massive disaster that could seriously threaten the highly populated metropolitan area less than 50 miles away as well as everybody living and working in between.
Despite numerous demands for an independent risk assessment, the pipeline was approved without one. The clear risk to nearby residents, not to mention the environment, should be enough to give pause to any elected official who cares at all about his constituents. Demand that Governor Cuomo pressure the FERC to withdraw approval for this highly dangerous pipeline.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
A new high-pressure natural gas pipeline has been approved for construction near the Indian Point nuclear power facility by the FERC. As I’m sure you remember, the plant recently suffered from a transformer fire, likely due to the fact that the facility is getting on in years. You claimed to be “very careful” about that power plant, yet now a gas pipeline is going to be built next to it.
I’m sure you’re aware of the problems our nation has had with oil and gas pipeline leaks, and I shouldn’t have to explain how a gas leak combined with fire would be a terrifying situation. This pipeline’s approval was pushed through without an independent risk assessment even though it was requested multiple times by experts. If this pipeline is built, it will pose a substantial risk to all the people living in a 50-mile radius from the power plant, including the residents of Manhattan.
Please do whatever you can to get the FERC to rescind approval for the construction of this pipeline, at least until a comprehensive and independent risk assessment can be completed. It’s up to you to protect the people of New York from those who want to put fuel right next to a place that recently caught on fire.
[Your Name Here]
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