Groups protest pipeline project near Indian Point
Environmental groups and families protested outside Sen. Charles Schumer's office in Peekskill Monday over what they say is a dangerous pipeline project.
The protesters are asking New York's senior senator to denounce the AIM project, a natural gas pipeline adjacent to Indian Point.
The new section of the Spectra Energy pipeline will go from Stony Point, under the Hudson River and into Verplanck and Buchanan.
Activists say the pipeline is too close to the nuclear power plant, only being 100 feet away from Indian Point.
A spokesperson for Spectra Energy told News 12 that the project will provide affordable and environmentally friendly energy, adding that the company has been operating safely for more than 60 years.
More than 23,000 have signed a petition urging Sen. Schumer to put a stop to the project.
The project has already been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Jason Kaplan, press secretary for Sen. Schumer, says in a statement that the senator believes further investigation of the pipeline needs to be done. "Sen. Schumer remains committed to urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt the expansion of the Algonquin pipeline until all environmental impacts and potential public health risks are fully addressed and independently analyzed. It is also imperative that local residents have ample opportunity to publicly voice their concerns."