Yesterday, I visited the site where crews have already begun working on the Spectra Pipeline in Staten Island, NY. Richard Lynch, a Staten Island resident and environmental activist, gave me a bit of insight as to why the pipeline will be so destructive for this area:
“The site we visited yesterday is called the Old Place Creek wetlands and is owned by the International Speedway Corporation (ISC, NASCAR). It is about 700 acres (the size of Central Park) and contains many rare and endangered species of animals and birds. White-tail Deer, Coyotes, Red Fox, River Otters, Mute Swan, Bitterns, Moor hens, and any other species live on the site. A newly-discoverd species of frog has been found there and is critically-endangered. The maritime Oak Forest that grows there has found no other place and the clay bluffs they grow on were used by native Lenape people for thousands of years. The Spectra pipeline is being installed during the breeding season for migrating birds and likely is destroying many of their nests. Once buried, the pipeline right of way will be maintained as a mowed strip, permanently destroying the wetlands that are there now.”
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