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Groups Host Workshops To Prepare For Cortlandt Hearing On Pipeline

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion and Concerned Peekskill Residents are hosting two workshops to inform residents about Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market natural gas expansion project.
Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion and Concerned Peekskill Residents are hosting two workshops to inform residents about Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market natural gas expansion project. Photo Credit: File

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Two grassroots groups, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) and Concerned Peekskill Residents (CPR). are hosting two workshops to inform people about Spectra Energy’s proposed Algonquin Incremental Market natural gas expansion project and to help them prepare comments for the federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The workshops will be held on Monday, Sept. 8 from 6-7 p.m. at the Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St. in Danbury, Conn. and on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Buchanan Family Day at the Pavilion, 218 Westchester Ave., Buchanan.

Residents and elected officials throughout Westchester and Putnam counties have become increasingly concerned about the impacts on the health and safety of residents, as well as home values and the municipalities’ liability from this project.

“For residents, this project is frightening. If this proceeds, my children will be living and going to school 450 feet from a massive natural gas pipeline. A rupture at this proximity would be certain to cause fatalities. How can I raise my kids like this, knowing they are at risk?” said Courtney Williams, a Peekskill resident and founding member of CPR.

A federal Energy Regulatory Commission public hearing will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Morabito Conference Center, 29 Westbrook Drive, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Public comment is limited to three minutes and one must arrive early to sign up.

Written comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement must be submitted to the Energy Regulatory Commission by Sept. 29 in order for the issues to be addressed in the final statement. Visit the SAPE website here for information about commenting.

For more information, contact SAPE at info@sape2016.org or call 914-525-8886.

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