PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Local and national organizations have joined ranks to organize a rally for Sunday, April 3, in Peekskill against the Algonquin Incremental Market, also known as AIM, fracked gas pipeline being built through Westchester, Putnam, Connecticut, and on through New England.
The national environmental organization Food and Water Watch is collaborating with Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, or SAPE, a local grass-roots organization, and others to stage the rally.
“Protecting Natural Resources, Health and Safety in the Hudson Valley, New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Beyond” will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Riverfront Green in Peekskill.
“We must immediately halt construction on the dangerous AIM pipeline, said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region director, Food & Water Watch. "With New York already suffering from the effects of climate change, the state must aggressively transition away from fracking infrastructure – and from all fossil fuels. That should start with rejecting the AIM pipeline, positioned perilously close to the aging Indian Point nuclear facility.”
The rally will focus on the siting of the AIM fracked gas pipeline alongside the Indian Point nuclear facility, putting at great risk 20 million people, including New York City, Wall Street and the economy of the United States.
Speakers will address issues related to all fracked gas pipeline systems, including:
- The health and safety risks to residents within a 50‐mile radius of the Spectra AIM pipeline at Indian Point.
- Damage to air, water and agriculture from all fracked gas pipelines and their infrastructure.
- The serious health impacts of pipeline compressor stations, pigging stations and other fracked gas infrastructure.
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rubber‐stamping of gas pipeline projects.
- Civil disobedience.
- The exacerbation of global warming due to the massive amounts of methane leaked and blown out of the Spectra AIM and other gas infrastructure (methane is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20‐year period).
- The considerable amount of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds emitted by fracked gas compressor stations.
For more information, visit www.sape2016.org .