NYers Say No To Spectra Pipeline, Homeowner Protest, Tree Sit & More

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Spectra protest Tree Sit

Note: People In Westchester and Cortland New York are aggressively protesting a Spectra Pipeline, the AIM Pipeline, being constructed across the county. The week began with a homeowner refusing to get out of the way of construction equipment on her property, was followed by a Tree Sit and more protests. The battle is just beginning to STOP SPECTRA!

Homeowner Stops Work On Spectra Pipeline Construction

Update from Kim Fraczek, Co-Director, Sane Energy Project:  The police refused to arrest her because she is standing on her own property. She has held them off since 9:20am, and it is 3pm now. She is still there. Heroic! Several police left the scene and left one officer.  Now, Spectra has just continued to operate their machinery too close to Nancy, and they are violating the law. We have sent video to our lawyer. (And we will need to raise legal funds. Help if you can: http://www.senrg.org/donate/)

Peekskill Resident Nancy Vann Refuses to Leave Her Own Property, Effectively Stopping Clearcutting for Dangerous Pipeline That Would Run 100ft From Indian Point

Cortlandt, NY – Local resident Nancy Vann stopped clearcutting through the Reynolds Hills area today by standing within 300 feet of where construction crews were scheduled to begin clearing trees to make way for the AIM pipeline, a high-pressure 42 inch-diameter gas pipeline being built without the permission of the community. She was joined by Peekskill Councilmember Kathleen Talbot, who stood nearby to show support. By standing within 300 feet of the clearcutting site, worker crews cannot proceed without violating their own safety guidelines.

Vann says that she is taking a stand for the safety of the whole region. “They claim to be concerned about my safety – but what about the safety of the 20 million people at risk from a pipeline accident at Indian Point? Or the thousands at risk from asthma and other health problems in this environmental justice community?”

Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project would involve building a high-pressure 42-inch diameter pipeline within 100 feet of critical structures of Indian Point and would expose local communities to toxic emissions from compressor stations along the pipeline path. The pipeline is being built against the wishes of the community and local elected officials, and in the case of Reynolds Hills. Spectra Energy has used eminent domain to seize property for construction contrary to the will of landowners and homeowners. This has outraged residents and environmental and public safety advocates who point to Spectra’s abysmal safety record as proof that the company cannot be trusted to construct a pipeline safely. A coalition called Resist AIM has formed to stop the project from moving forward.

Years of trying to stop the project through standard regulatory channels has shown that the regulatory agencies involved – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – are unwilling to consider the full impacts of this project. On twitter, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker has claimed that “federal agencies have failed to protect WC residents,” while State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Brad Hoylman have both called upon FERC to halt its plans to move forward with the pipeline.

Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.

Vann says that she is taking a stand for the safety of the whole region. “They claim to be concerned about my safety – but what about the safety of the 20 million people at risk from a pipeline accident at Indian Point? Or the thousands at risk from asthma and other health problems in this environmental justice community?”

Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project would involve building a high-pressure 42-inch diameter pipeline within 100 feet of critical structures of Indian Point and would expose local communities to toxic emissions from compressor stations along the pipeline path. The pipeline is being built against the wishes of the community and local elected officials, and in the case of Reynolds Hills. Spectra Energy has used eminent domain to seize property for construction contrary to the will of landowners and homeowners. This has outraged residents and environmental and public safety advocates who point to Spectra’s abysmal safety record as proof that the company cannot be trusted to construct a pipeline safely. A coalition called Resist AIM has formed to stop the project from moving forward.

Years of trying to stop the project through standard regulatory channels has shown that the regulatory agencies involved – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – are unwilling to consider the full impacts of this project. On twitter, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker has claimed that “federal agencies have failed to protect WC residents,” while State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Brad Hoylman have both called upon FERC to halt its plans to move forward with the pipeline.

Spectra protest media interview homeowner

Protests Escalate

From Facebook Resist AIM

Good work Nancy stopping Spectra’s clear cutting of trees today!‪#‎StopSpectra‬ ‪#‎resistAIM‬

A Cortlandt Manor woman has thrown a wrench into the gears of a proposed, controversial gas pipeline. Nancy Vann sat herself down on the edge
WESTCHESTER.NEWS12.COM

‪#‎StopSpectra‬ ‪#‎resistAIM‬ Thank you Councilwoman Kathie Talbot for standing with your constituents! As always!

Kathie Talbot's photo.
Kathie Talbot's photo.Kathie Talbot's photo.Kathie Talbot's photo.

Kathie Talbot added 4 new photos.

Demonstration to stop Spectra Pipeline from clear cutting near Peekskill and Reynolds Hills property line. Channel 12 News covering the event. Protesters standing firm. Nancy Vann sitting firm on her Reynolds Hill property. In the rain I might add! Eric, Susan and many others on the line.

Protesters argue crews working on Spectra’s Algonquin Pipeline are violating restrictions on where they can work
FIOS1NEWS.COM

Right now on Pine Lane in Cortlandt, NY activists have joined Nancy’s fight to halt Spectra tree clearing!

Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.

BREAKING: ResistAIM community member Jessica Rechtschaffer climbed tree this morning to defend our land from Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline. We will not stop until Spectra stops terrorizing us. Sign the pledge to join the community: tinyurl.com/resistaim‪#‎stopspectra‬ ‪#‎resistaim‬ ‪#‎wesayno‬

Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.
Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.
Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.

URGENT! Spectra workers endangering safety of citizens on private property! Tree clearing only feet from residents! Call Westchester County Police and NY State Police and demand protection for citizens!

Upset with residents and activists in the area, Spectra workers are using chainsaws and heavy machinery dangerously close to observers. They remain on private property owned by the Reynolds Hills Association.

Police officers are on site and refusing to intervene!

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Menacing machines in close proximity to the public. OSHA violations galore. Complete disregard for safety displayed by Spectra Energy and County Police

Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.
Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.
Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.
Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.

Activist Jess Rechtschaffer has started a tree sit in an attempt to protect trees on private property from Spectra tree clearing for the AIM pipeline. Despite threat to public safety, Spectra crews continue to cut dangerously close to residents and their supporters.

‪#‎StopSpectra‬ ‪#‎resistAIM‬ ‪#‎WeSayNo‬

FANG: Fighting Against Natural Gas Sane Energy Project Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)SEnRG Catskill Mountainkeeper Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy Resist the West Roxbury Pipeline

Resist AIM Pipeline's photo.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    The workers may have been threatened by corporate thugs if they didn’t keep going.