Spectra Energy proposes to build an oversized, high-pressure gas pipeline, slated to run up the coast of New Jersey and Staten Island, under the Hudson River, and into a large underground storage vault in downtown Manhattan. Last September, a pipeline of similar size and pressure exploded in suburban San Bruno, CA, with devastating results. The president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1064 said the ramifications for such an accident in our high-density urban area would be "staggering."
This pipeline will deliver fracked and radioactive Marcellus shale gas, and enable the conversion of New York City's buses, boilers and power plants to methane. It endangers the residents of both urban and rural populations, by increasing the demand to frack in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
An earlier online petition, plus paper petitions gathered on the streets of New York, garnered more than 3,000 signatures, which were presented to the NY City Council in July, 2011. City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, is also the representative for the West Village, ground zero for the pipeline. Yet, to date, neither the Speaker nor city council have responded to the wishes of citizens who oppose this pipeline.
Please urge Speaker Quinn to take action to protect the residents of her district and all the citizens of the Marcellus by opposing the Spectra pipeline.