Peekskill Approves Resolution To Urge Review Of Pipeline Safety

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A truck drove around Peekskill last night expressing support for the Spectra pipeline.
A truck drove around Peekskill last night expressing support for the Spectra pipeline. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Courtney Williams
An example of what the proposed pipeline would look like.
An example of what the proposed pipeline would look like. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Erica Mills

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill Common Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night, Aug. 12, to make sure a proposed 42-inch pipeline undergoes a comprehensive and transparent review process.

The Spectra Algonquin gas pipeline would replace a previous 26-inch pipeline that has existed for 60 years. The pipeline, which is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), would run across the Hudson River and into Peekskill, Cortlandt, and Yorktown.

The town of Cortlandt has already expressed opposition to the pipeline, concerned about its placement 450 feet from Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School.

Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina said while the city has no say in the approval process, they want to make sure their voices are head.

"We are an affected municipality," Catalina said. "We want to bring our concerns and issues to the appropriate authorizing body. We've outlined issues we think are important."

Catalina said he wants to ensure Spectra has the proper insurance and would not disturb any property owners. He said he does not personally support the pipeline.

"It affects our citizens," Catalina said. "I wouldn't mind if the pipeline was going through Massachusetts, but I don't think it should come into our area, where there are a lot of residences. It's a very crowded area."

Courtney Williams, who has been one of the leading opponents of the pipeline, said she was glad the city passed the resolution.

"I am hoping other cities and towns will follow suit," Williams said. "This area already has Indian Point and the Wheelabrator plant. It's an unfair burden."

Williams said Spectra brought people to the meeting who claimed to be local residents that supported the project, only they were not from Peekskill.

"Unions don't support this project," Williams said. "These jobs are temporary and not permanent positions. Spectra is trying to pressure and intimidate residents and elected officials."

While Williams was pleased with the resolution, she said it was a small victory. 

"We need to show we are united in opposition so FERC hears us," Williams said. "They have a reputation of rubberstamping projects. We have to keep up momentum and pressure. This project is unsafe for the community."

A meeting will be held in Yorktown, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church on Gomer Street.

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Anyone in the Union Construction Trades will tell you that employment is more often temporary and not long term. This project is no exception. I am in Union Construction (IBEW) and have been out on my share of 2 week tickets. Contractors hire out of the local union hall and the members are employed for the duration of their scope of work. Some specialty trade positions can't be filled locally because the Local Union doesn't have workers that have the required skillset. That has been demonstrated on the Tappan Zee Bridge project... Tappan Zee Constructors was allowed to bring in workers from out of state that had the proper skills to complete the piling welding that was required. Id like people to not be fooled into thinking Union Construction Trades dont support this project. If a tradesman is unemployed, many times he/she can take one of these jobs until a longer term job comes up. Been There Done That.

http://www.iuoelocal137.com/index.cfm
http://www.teamsterslocal445.org/
Nope, nothing about this project on their websites... Any work offered to the membership is good work, regardless of the duration.

Pile Driving for the New Tappan Zee Bridge is employing Union labor and the locals providing manpower know it is temporary. I truly hope the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties which has 36 affiliated organizations steps in and says something about this disinformation.

Anyone in the Union Construction Trades will tell you that employment is more often temporary and not long term. This project is no exception. I am in Union Construction (IBEW) and have been out on my share of 2 week tickets. Contractors hire out of the local union hall and the members are employed for the duration of their scope of work. Some specialty trade positions can't be filled locally because the Local Union doesn't have workers that have the required skillset. That has been demonstrated on the Tappan Zee Bridge project... Tappan Zee Constructors was allowed to bring in workers from out of state that had the proper skills to complete the piling welding that was required. Id like people to not be fooled into thinking Union Construction Trades dont support this project. If a tradesman is unemployed, many times he/she can take one of these jobs until a longer term job comes up. Been There Done That.

Sandhogs say nothing either.
http://sandhogs147.org/

Thanks too for unanimously adding resolutions regarding Peekskill's "Environmental Justice" status and tighter insurance requirements. There are already enough adverse environmental impacts in Peekskill. This pipeline would just add insult to injury!

Thank you for speaking up at the Peekskill City Council Meeting. The information you presented clearly demonstrates the detrimental effects of this problematic pipeline on Peekskill and as well as our neighboring Towns and Villages.

And I must add, the truck that drove around was transporting non-residents, despite claiming otherwise in neon on the outside. If only residents had $1.3 billion in profits to outfit trucks with LED panels.

Thank you Sam and the Daily Voice for being the only news outlet in the area to be covering the intimidation tactics Spectra is using against residents!

Much Thanks to our Mayor and City Council for standing up for the best interests of Peekskill. The Pipeline offers nothing for our residents except health and safety problems. It was clear at the City Council meeting that Representatives from the Project were poorly prepared to answer the many concerns from our residents who were quite well prepared with valid questions. Our Community has come together to say... no this dangerous venture of non residents.