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Third Pipeline Project Under Scrutiny

Two pipeline projects that would have crossed the northeast have been scrubbed: activists are now calling for a third pipeline to be stopped. 

Politicians and activists have stepped up their efforts to halt Spectra energy’s proposed AIM pipeline that would be routed through the lower Hudson Valley. It’s already been green-lighted by the Federal energy Regulatory Commission, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s concerns that it runs very close to the Indian Point nuclear power plant.  Downstate leaders including Westchester Assemblywoman Sandy Galef sent FERC a letter demanding the agency respect the state’s authority and jurisdiction in determining AIM’s future.

A Spectra official tells the Times Union the firm intends to proceed with construction.  Plans for both the Northeast Pipeline and Constitution Pipeline were shelved last week.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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