Spectra Gas Pipeline Problems: AIM, Fire, Conflict

This DeSmog series looks at the myriad problems associated with Spectra Energy's 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.

Spectra Energy and its subsidiaries, including 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

Protester at a rally wears a t-shirt that reads 'FERC wake up'
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the construction of a new gas pipeline...
By Itai Vardi, 26 Jan, 2017
Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren
In a January 5 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Massachusetts Senators...
By Itai Vardi, 9 Jan, 2017
FERC office
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded in an environmental assessment that a...
By Itai Vardi, 20 Dec, 2016
Phil Suter, the spouse of Maggie Suter, an official at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (...
By Itai Vardi, 1 Nov, 2016
Connecticut regulators dealt a blow to pipeline company Spectra Energy Corp. this week by...
By Sharon Kelly, 27 Oct, 2016
FERC Chairman Norman Bay with people sitting behind him.
Responding to an inquiry by two U.S. senators, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory...
By Itai Vardi, 19 Oct, 2016
Documents filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show that a contractor hired by...
By Itai Vardi, 9 Aug, 2016
In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth...
By Itai Vardi, 31 Jul, 2016
In April, a massive explosion ripped through rural Salem Township, Pennsylvania when natural gas...
By Sharon Kelly, 19 Jul, 2016
In a potential conflict of interest, a contractor hired by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...
By Itai Vardi, 19 Jul, 2016
Two US Senators have demanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) cancel the...
By Itai Vardi, 14 Jun, 2016
An engineering company with a $1.8 million stake in a Spectra Energy natural gas project hired a...
By Itai Vardi, 6 Jun, 2016
A contractor hired last year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review a...
By Itai Vardi, 26 May, 2016
A business advocacy group lobbied for the reappointment of a federal energy commissioner while one...
By Itai Vardi, 20 May, 2016