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Environmentalists to protest gas pipeline near an aged N-plant

The Indian Point Nuclear Plant is hundreds of miles away in the Hudson Valley.

But, local environmental groups are leading a protest against a plan to construct a natural gas pipeline within 105 feet of the plant.

The Sierra Club's Niagara Group plans a 10 a.m. rally Wednesday outside of Sen. Charles E. Schumer's Buffalo office on South Elmwood Avenue.

Dubbed the "Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM)" project by Spectra Energy, the high-pressure pipeline would help transport natural gas – including from areas where hydraulic fracturing is allowed – into New York State across the Hudson Valley just south of West Point, and on through New England, maps show.

"This pipeline is a threat to all New Yorkers, not just those living directly in the pipeline path," states a release by the organization. "We all know accidents happen and if something goes wrong on the AIM pipeline, the results could be catastrophic for 20 million New Yorkers."

Sierra Club members plan to call on Schumer to help stop the pipeline project.

Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand penned a joint letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August asking it to "reconsider the approval and construction of this project."



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