Most New Yorkers have heard of the Spectra natural gas pipeline and the dangers it poses – but until recently, it’s felt like a vague, far-off worry that may or may not happen. Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth, as the pipeline (also referred to as NJ-NY Expansion Project) is already in progress and is set to be complete this fall, bringing with it the very clear and present danger of exposure to radon (a known cancer-causing radioactive gas) and high-pressure gas explosions. The pipeline is being built directly underneath Manhattan’s West Village, and residents in the area are very concerned about the possibility of flammable water coming out of their taps as seen in the video after the jump. Their arguments are not unfounded – in 2012 alone, there were 244 pipeline incidents resulting in 10 deaths and over $180 million in damages.
The pipeline received the green light early last year as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 report to divert reliance upon coal energy. However, activists argue that the potential health, environmental and safety risks of adopting natural gas outweigh the city’s efforts to reduce energy costs. “In places where drilling has happened, some homeowners have actually been able to set their faucets on fire,” explains a woman activist in the viral video campaign protesting against the pipeline produced by nonprofit group Occupy The Pipeline.
Activists have been staging vigils, protests and halting construction against the approved $1.2 billion project to no avail. The new pipeline will distribute 800 million barrels of gas per day directly underneath the West Village and is set to be complete by fall.
In 2004, Spectra’s parent company, Duke Energy, caused a 1,000 foot-high fireball explosion due to a faulty valve at its Texas gas facility. According to a report on U.S. pipeline safety, regular inspection of natural gas pipelines is lacking with only 7 percent of pipelines requiring rigorous inspection. With a faulty track record and lack of government safety inspections worry of potential fatal explosions and water poisoning due to the coming pipeline is warranted.
Check out Occupy The Pipeline’s viral video above or at this link.
Via Huffington Post