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NY official requests halt on natural gas pipeline

Nearly a dozen people were arrested for protesting at one of the sites in New York where work is being done to expand the Algonquin Pipeline.  A new pipe, doubled in diameter from the current infrastructure, is being installed from Pennsylvania through New England.  The pipeline runs between compressor stations in Southeast and in Danbury.  New York State Police arrested 11 people early yesterday morning for blocking two separate entrances.  They were charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to leave. 


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being asked by New York officials to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline near the nuclear power station.  State health, environmental, utility and security agencies say they are launching an analysis of the safety risks from Spectra Energy's Algonquin pipeline. 


This month, Entergy revealed that radioactive water was found in three of 40 monitoring wells on site, the result of contamination from a radioactive isotope.  The Greater Danbury area is within a 50 mile radius of Indian Point.


Meanwhile, in Danbury, Spectra Energy has withdrawn its request to lease a small parcel of City land off Driftway Point Road for workspace where the expansion is happening.  Spectra would only say that they no longer need the property.

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