VIDEO: Oil pipeline coming to the West Village

Upworthy warns of “a seriously scary thing” happening in the city this November.

Election day? Thanksgiving with your in-laws?

Nope — the planned Spectra Pipeline, which will pump fracked gas up the New York shoreline and eventually into the West Village under Gansevoort Street.

A video by the group Occupy the Pipeline warns of the various dangerous posed by the pipeline, noting that it was “approved against the will of the community,” with 5,000 comments filed against it.

The gas will come from the Marcellus Shale, which apparently has exceedingly high concentrations of radon. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

The video calls out the pipeline’s parent company, Spectra, which reportedly has paid out tens of millions of dollars in fines for safety violations including toxic chemical spills, leaks and explosions.

Footage of a pipeline of similar size and pressure in California, which exploded, killing 8 people and burning down 38 homes is followed by the ominous query: ”Can you imagine this happening in the West Village?”

One YouTube commenter pointed out that the pipeline would run alongside a toddler playground in Hudson River Park, and asked, “What would Jane Jacobs do?”

 

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