Part of AIM Pipeline Begins to Flow; Protesters Hide in Pipe

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Spectra 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 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. Earlier this year NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to stop work on the pipeline (see Gov. Cuomo Asks FERC to Halt Algonquin Pipeline Near Nuke Plant). A few months later NY’s lib Dem senators got in on the act (see NY’s 2 Radical Senators Call for Halt in Building Algonquin Pipeline). We’re happy to report none of the above efforts to stop AIM succeeded. Last week 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 yesterday. They were there to protest “filthy fossil fuels” like natural gas…

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