AIM Pipeline Criminal Trespassers Arraigned in NY Town Court

handcuffsSpectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline project is an $876 million expansion of the existing Algonquin pipeline system that will carry 342 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas per day to New England states that badly need the gas. On March 3, 2015 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued their final approval for the project, allowing it to go forward. Construction began last year and continues now. Two weeks ago FERC issued an order allowing part of the AIM project–in Putnam County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT–to power up and begin service. However, not all of the project is yet built. Four nutjob protesters criminally locked themselves inside a piece of pipeline in Verplanck (Westchester County), NY last week (see Part of AIM Pipeline Begins to Flow; Protesters Hide in Pipe). They were there to protest “filthy fossil fuels” like natural gas. We’re happy to report the four criminal protesters had their first court appearance yesterday in Cortlandt Town Court. We’re happy that Spectra Energy intends to be sure they are prosecuted. The really good news is that the gas is scheduled to begin flowing in November–and at that point it’s all moot. The hippie criminal protesters can go bug someone else at that point…

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