NYLPI and Concerned Citizens of Dover Comment on Iroquois Enhancement by Compression (ExC) Project

April 30, 2024

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Photo of an industrial power plant with a smoke stack spraying bright orange plumes of smoke

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and Concerned Citizens of Dover NY (CCD) submitted comments to Project Manager Karen Gaidasz, Bureau of Energy Project Management at the NY DEC Division of Environmental Permits, regarding the proposed Iroquois pipeline expansion project.

Citing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and New York’s Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA), NYLPI and CCD urged the DEC to deny the permits on several grounds, namely that more than doubling the existing pipeline could have disastrous effects on Dover and Athens, NY, a small community already overburdened by environmental justice-violating industrial facilities.

“CCD’s concerns are compounded by the dangerous and aging interstate Iroquois gas pipeline on which the ExC expansion is being proposed. The pipeline runs for nearly seven miles in Dover, forcing its way through the land of fifth generation farming families and marring the landscape with fuming infrastructure that is ominously visible across the valleys in town. When it built the pipeline in the 1990s, Iroquois took shortcuts and committed numerous violations of federal law, leading to historically high fines that at the time were second only to those associated with the notorious Exxon spill. These violations put the pipeline at even greater risk of rupture or explosion, the consequences of which can be extremely dangerous. Residents of Dover have lived with this ticking time bomb in their backyards for almost forty years and should not be forced to increase the risk of disaster by doubling the pressure exerted on the pipeline.”

Read the full comments here.

We must not continue to sacrifice disadvantaged communities for an unnecessary and dangerous project that would set the state further behind on its greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandates. Join NYLPI and CCD by submitting comments here.

Photo by Charlie Quimby, CCD member, taken 1.3 miles from the Dover compressor station

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