Spectra Gas Pipeline Problems: AIM, Fire, Conflict

About the Spectra Gas Pipeline Problems: AIM, Fire, Conflict Series

This DeSmog series looks at the myriad problems associated with Spectra Energy’s (now merged with Enbridge Inc.) gas pipeline system as the company seeks to expand the pipeline network across the Northeast. The series explores conflicts of interest and whistleblower claims surrounding the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline, Atlantic Bridge pipeline, and more.

Enbridge, Spectra Energy and its subsidiaries, including Algonquin Gas Transmission and Texas Eastern Transmission, face increasing scrutiny from members of Congress and federal agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The aftermath of the Salem Township explosion, and other concerns brought to light by DeSmog and other investigations, raise serious questions around Spectra’s intention to site a pipeline carrying highly pressurized natural gas within 1,200 feet of Indian Point’s nuclear reactor #3. 

This is an ongoing series, so check back for more developments as DeSmog continues to investigate. 

In This Series

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Lawmakers from Massachusetts urged Canadian energy-giant Enbridge on Wednesday to reconsider the siting of a compressor station in a densely populated area outside of Boston. In a letter to the com...
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A contractor working for the federal government to monitor construction of Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge natural gas project works for the company in various other capacities, according to documents D...
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is permitting a contractor with a known conflict of interest to monitor Enbridge’s Atlantic Bride natural gas project. This decision joins a growing ...
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Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) acknowledged they regularly allow energy companies to exclusively preview and revise draft permits as a matter of commo...
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Massachusetts environmental officials allowed Spectra Energy to quietly review and edit a draft approval of an air pollution permit the state plans to grant the company for its Atlantic Bridge gas ...
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As Spectra Energy was seeking state permits for its natural gas projects running though Massachusetts, company lobbyists maintained a close and ongoing relationship with top state environmental off...
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A document submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) suggests the agency had clear information that a contractor hired to review Spectra Energy’s proposed Atlantic Bridge gas pro...