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“Hudson River at Risk 6: A Pipeline Runs Through It”

There are countless unknowns about the safety and future of both projects but one thing is certain: Neither helps provide New Yorkers with gas or oil. As we’ve come to learn in our reporting of this series about risks to the Hudson River and Valley, both pipeline projects bring to New York exorbitant risks and deliver absolutely no benefits.

The Algonquin Incremental Market Project (AIM) pipeline, located on the east side of the Hudson River, cutting through the heart of Westchester County. The AIM pipeline, owned by Texas-based Spectra Energy, is one of three connected construction projects linking a single series of pipelines running mostly underground from New York to Boston, carrying natural gas fracked from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Each of the three segments has been approved by FERC - the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - yet no agency has stepped back and taken an environmental assessment of the entire four-state project.

I had convinced myself that a life, severely simple, made up of hard work and solitude, was the life I really wanted

I told myself that someday soon I would move, perhaps to the West Side, near the Hudson. I ought to live somewhere permanently: a small room, high up, very simple, facing the river, with, late at night, long walks up the Drive. I had convinced myself that a life, severely simple, made up of hard work and solitude, was the life I really wanted, and I was experiencing in advance some of the healing effects of living near the river in that magically bare room.

~ Alfred Hayes, “In Love” (NYRB Classics; July 23, 2013)