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Pipeline Vigil at Cuomo’s house in New Castle

‘Sitting on a time bomb’

Banners at Vigil

Nancy Vann, President of Safe Energy Rights Group (at left)

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NEW CASTLE – Holding signs calling for the state to “Treasure and Defend the Earth,” and to “Stop Algonquin Pipeline Expansion,” environmental activists gathered at the Bittersweet Lane home of Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Sunday for a prayer vigil they hoped would convince him to put a halt the to controversial natural gas pipeline that runs through the Indian Point nuclear facility.
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“We’re gathering in prayer, hoping that the governor has the strength and the morals to do the right thing,” said Paula Dalle Carboneri of Croton-on-Hudson, one of about 25 people who staged the peaceful vigil under the watchful eyes of a handful of New Castle and state police. “There’s no better time than now for him to be on the peoples’ side… Can you imagine a 42-inch gas pipeline exploding at Indian Point?”
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SVD at Vigil

Susan Van Dolsen , co-founder of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)

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Cuomo was not home — he remained in Albany, trying to reach a state budget agreement.
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Enbridge Inc., which merged with Spectra Energy in February, is continuing the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project to replace parts of the high-pressure pipeline. The work includes a recently completed new section through Stony Point, under the Hudson River and into Verplanck and the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan. The project will allow more natural gas to go north from Pennsylvania to New England.
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Watch a video from the vigil here
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The demonstrators noted that, even though Indian Point is now scheduled to close as early as 2021, the spent, radioactive nuclear rods will remain stored there forever.
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“We can’t afford to be sitting on a time bomb,” said Hastings-on-Hudson resident Susan Rutman. “These pipelines rupture, they leak. We’re in imminent danger of a disaster, and it has to be stopped.”
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On Wednesday night, a 12-inch Spectra pipeline ruptured in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, shutting down Interstate 195 and other roads and creating traffic havoc for more than three hours until the spewing gas was contained.
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Bernice McCann, of Irvington, said there’s no reason for the Algonquin pipeline to be expanded “when many major corporations are actually moving toward renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.”
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Dalle Carboneri said those attending the vigil were hopeful they can convince the governor to stop the pipeline. She said state environment officials recently reached out to set up a meeting to hear their concerns.
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“We’re just normal people who love the environment, love our kids and want to ensure a safe future for them,” she said. “We’re hoping that the governor has the strength to be the leader we need him to be.”
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All Banners and Folks at Vigil 2
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