Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM
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Dear Governor Cuomo,
Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project.
As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one.
Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project.
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