Peekskill Residents Rally Against Proposed Pipeline

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An example of what the proposed Spectra Algonquin pipeline would look like.
An example of what the proposed Spectra Algonquin pipeline would look like. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Erica Mills

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill residents are coming together to express their opposition to a gas pipeline that would run through part of the city.

The Stop Algonquin Pipeline Expansion group is holding a meeting in Peekskill on Tuesday, July 15, to work on how it can stop the project.

The 42-inch 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, 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.

Courtney Williams is hosting the meeting and said many in Peekskill are not aware of the potential hazards. She said neighbors have been contacted by Spectra about coming on to their properties to do surveys.

"We need to work together and inform our neighbors and the city of Peekskill," Williams said. "A lot of people didn't know this was coming through and the impact it could have."

Williams said municipalities have been forced to spend money on infrastructure damage. 

"Peekskill needs to be aware and ensure its financial well-being isn't jeopardized," Williams said. "Roads could get torn up, and water mains could be crushed."

Mayor Frank Catalina is expected to attend the meeting, while members of the Common Council, County Legislators John Testa and Catherine Borgia have been invited.

"We want them to hear our concerns and our platforms," Williams said. "They can help contact the EPA or Department of Environmental Conservation to make them aware of this."

Getting people aware this is coming through Peekskill is Williams' main priority. She said she was initially rebuffed by the Common Council, which told her the project would not be going through Peekskill.

"We need to get the board to step up and protect the residents of Peekskill," Williams said. 

Williams is also concerned about the impact it will have on her neighbors.

"Banks sometimes refuse to give mortgages for people purchasing properties with natural gas infrastucture on the property," Williams said. "It can be hard to get homeowners insurance."

For more information on the meeting, visit http://sape2016.org/

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This Pipeline doesn't serve Peekskill. We need to see the list of donations made to Elected officials who have the authority to approve this project.

Thanks for sharing information about this important issue Courtney. I hope that a different route will be considered. This would be too dangerous and too expensive for Peekskill and Cortlandt. Our towns are likely to be stuck with a big bill for infrastructure repairs and for upgrading the emergency services (particularly the fire departments) which are not sufficient to deal with this expansion. Our taxes could wind up higher and this area wouldn't get any benefits from the gas. It's all going to New England.

Boilermaker- We already have multiple pipelines in our area, this project would expand one of them. We want to make sure the project has enough oversight to ensure safety.

While there are pipelines all over the place, this one will run beside Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Smaller pipelines in sparsely populated areas have been rerouted to avoid decommissioned nuclear power plants, however the proposed route for this pipeline runs along Indian Point, with 2 functioning reactors in a densely populated area. Five percent of the US population lives within 50 miles of Indian Point.

We are not a refusing all natural gas pipelines, we're insisting that the route for this one does not jeopardize our immediate neighborhood and the entirety of the NY metropolitan area.

Also, we aren't using any of this gas. This pipeline won't deliver gas to us, it's transporting it up to New England for export. So having this pipeline won't save us any money on gas.

You realize that the current pipeline goes right through the middle of indian points property? It has been like this since the plant has been built.

Noreen- thanks for catching that, it's a misquote. What I did say was that people have trouble getting mortgages and homeowners insurance on properties with natural gas INFRASTRUCTURE on them- meaning wells, stations, and transport pipelines, not simple residential natural gas. I've emailed Mr. Barron and asked for a correction, as it is an important distinction.

Do you want to go back to a coal pile and a pot belly stove at every home. Every Street and Avenue in New York City have large high pressure gas service for every building . Compressed gas is now available and running many school buses, and trucks. Lets bring down more natural gas from upstate New York . Remember you pay more County Sales Taxes on oil products for your home heating. Plus all the Federal and State Road Taxes.

I have never heard of a bank refusing a mortgage because the home has natural gas!!! The mortgage reps I work with have not experienced any issues securing either financing or had a lender refuse an insurance policy issued to the home as long as the insurers rating meets the banks guidelines! I would rather have natural gas than dealing with an oil tank!!!