2 women urge state to tighten regulations on gas emissions

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Two Hudson Valley women are urging the state to put stricter regulations on gas emissions, and one town in Northern Westchester is already on board.

Suzannah Glidden is the co-founder of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion. She is spearheading the push for legislation to enact more restrictions. 

Glidden says she nearly died twice from the emissions.

"I went to the hospital for a week,” she says. “I was at home for 24 hours another time -- racing heart, shortness of breath.” 

Glidden blames air pollution released by the natural gas infrastructure system in place at Spectra Energy in Brewster.

"When they vent extra amounts of gas and these extra toxins, they don't notify us so we can leave the area," she says. 

A spokesperson for Spectra Energy says the pipeline has operated safely for decades.

"The Algonquin System was designed to meet and exceed federal safety standards and regulations," the spokesperson says. 

A video posted by a resident in Orange County purports to show moments where harmful gases are released. His special camera picks up images that can't be seen by the naked eye.

The town of North Salem said Tuesday that the compressor stations are too dangerous. The town passed a resolution urging the state's DEC to take action for the many residents in the Hudson Valley who live near natural gas facilities.

Glidden and Amy Rosmarin are also pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do something.

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