#SpeakUpChuck! Stop the AIM Pipeline Expansion

Stop the AIM PipelineOn July 13th 2015, a large community of residents showed up, with an appointment, to Senator Charles Schumer's Peekskill office to deliver almost 24,000 petition signatures to stop Spectra Energy's Algonquin Interconnect Market Pipeline (AIM). Along with the petition signatures, the community invited Senator Schumer to attend Wednesday afternoon's Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hearing where Nuclear expert Paul Blanche will speak about the danger of the proximity of a high pressure gas pipeline adjacent to the aging nuclear power plant, Indian Point. To add insult to injury, Spectra Energy proposes to the expansion project to transverse the Hudson River and travel near two fault lines. This puts the lives of not only local residents in danger, but the entire region which exceeds 20 million people.

Senator Schumer and his aides, left for the day before the scheduled appointment, and left residents outside to speak to the press: LHV_07-13-2015_AlgonquinPipeline_LC_10PM.mov.
Residents decided to take action and walk into the office to deliver the petitions and the invitation to 2 young interns at the front desk who were left after Senator Schumer and aides decided to not be present at the office. The interns took detailed notes of our concerns, accepted the petition signature and invitation to the NRC hearing.
After the action, the Sane Energy team joined local families to go to the site, just feet away from their homes. The community is surrounded by old growth trees, medicinal herbs, and raspberries that burst in your mouth with sweet-tart flavor. We documented a few of the residents with the YOU ARE HERE map pin to feature on the interactive online map of fracking infrastructure in New York. Visit www.youarehereNYmap.org to see the extent of fracking infrastructure in New York State. We will soon be working with our neighboring states to expand the map.
We MUST stop this pipeline.

Dr. Courtney Williams, local cancer researcher, mom and advocate to shut down the pipeline, lives 450 feet away from the proposed site.

We wanted to be sure Chuck Schumer didn't miss our invitation to the NRC hearing on Wednesday where nuclear expert, Paul Blanche will testify against the AIM pipeline proposal near the aging Indian Point.

The traveling 50 foot banner "The United States of Fracking" showed up to show how the AIM pipeline is one piece in a poisonous web plaguing several nations.

After residents heard that Schumer and aides left the office before the scheduled appointment, they decided to take action, enter the building and speak with the young interns that Schumer's aides left to man the office.

Young interns, left to deal with meeting a concerned public after Schumer's aides decided to skip the scheduled meeting at 4pm on a Monday afternoon.

Fresh, delicious raspberries growing near the proposed pipeline

A few of the people who live 450 feet from the proposed pipeline.

Dr. Susan Rubin shows us the medicinal herbs that will be destroyed for the pipeline. This here is a remedy for Poison Ivy.