Fracking Infrastructure: Living with It, Mapping It with You Are Here

When: View in Calendar » March 23, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Van Etten Community Center, 6 Gee Street, Van Etten,NY 14889, USA

Think NY’s Not Being Fracked? WRONG. Learn why from people who know: They live with it. SUNDAY 3:00 p.m., Van Etten Community Center, 6 Gee Street (Rt 34).

We’ll hear real stories of what it’s like to live with or near some of these fossil fuel infrastructure facilities, which last a long time, unlike the short-term construction jobs for installing them. Join us, spread the word.

 

CPNY Monthly Meeting Tues. 3/24, Venue + Time Change (6:00-8:00)

When: View in Calendar » March 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Chef's Diner, Watkins Glen, NY, USA

Note that we’ll be meeting at Chef’s Diner in Watkins Glen, 6:00 instead of 6:30 p.m.

Chemung County Legislature Monthly Meeting

When: View in Calendar » January 12, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Repeats: Monthly on 2nd Monday - forever
Where: View Map » John H. Hazlett Building, 203 Lake Street, Elmira,NY 14901, USA

Meets second Mondays, 7:00 p.m., in Elmira. At this legislature, the public is “allowed” to speak, but it’s quite apparent that nobody’s listening.

 

Save S-VE Monthly Meeting Date Change: Friday, Jan. 16

When: View in Calendar » January 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: View Map » St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 West Tioga Street, Spencer,NY 14883, USA

Save S-VE will hold its first meeting of the new year at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. The Chemung County Legislature’s outrageous decision earlier this week to approve the Casella corporation’s “environmental impact statement,” despite sustained vocal opposition from the public, we have much to discuss, including upcoming public forums and projects.

DEC Constitution Pipeline Hearings in Oneonta Tues. Jan. 13

When: View in Calendar » January 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: View Map » SUNY Oneonta, Lecture Hall IRC , 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta,NY 13820, USA

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding public hearings on the “Constitution” Pipeline, the 124-mile federal transmission pipeline intended to stretch from the fracklands of northern Pennsylvania into New York State through Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties, ending near Albany.

This “UnConstitutional” Pipeline, as horrified residents have dubbed it, would tear through the Catskills and adversely affect local ecosystems, forests, habitats, waterways, and personal property.

The pipeline was already approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (which permits just about every harmful corporate project that comes before it). Not surprisingly, FERC did not bother to assess the environmental impact of the projects as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Nor did FERC balk that the corporations failed to obtain many key permits, including the Section 401 Water Quality Certification from New York State, required under the Clean Water Act.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has the authority to prevent the project from moving forward by denying the required water quality certificate. If a responsible agency were in charge, it would do so because of the obvious failure of this proposed project to meet NYS water quality standards. According to Catskill Mountainkeeper, once it enters New York, the pipeline would cross 20 aquifers, four public water supply watersheds, and 207 waterbodies, with impacts on 75 acres of wetlands.

Copies of the FEIS and DEC permit application documents can be viewed online at www.constitution pipeline.com. Printed copies are available at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton.

Hearings are being held on Monday January 12 in Binghamton, Tuesday January 13 in Oneonta, and Wednesday January 14 in Cobleskill, all starting at 6:00 p.m. (and presumably lasting as long as there are speakers).

If you cannot make it in person, organizers ask that you submit written comment, which are also being accepted through Jan. 30.

Visit StopThePipeline.org for more information.

DEC Constitution Pipeline Hearings in Binghamton Monday Jan. 12

When: View in Calendar » January 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: View Map » East Middle School, 167 East Frederick Street, Binghamton,NY 13904, USA

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding public hearings on the “Constitution” Pipeline, the 124-mile federal transmission pipeline intended to stretch from the fracklands of northern Pennsylvania into New York State through Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties, ending near Albany.

This “UnConstitutional” Pipeline, as horrified residents have dubbed it, would tear through the Catskills and adversely affect local ecosystems, forests, habitats, waterways, and personal property.

The pipeline was already approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (which permits just about every harmful corporate project that comes before it). Not surprisingly, FERC did not bother to assess the environmental impact of the projects as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Nor did FERC balk that the corporations failed to obtain many key permits, including the Section 401 Water Quality Certification from New York State, required under the Clean Water Act.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has the authority to prevent the project from moving forward by denying the required water quality certificate. If a responsible agency were in charge, it would do so because of the obvious failure of this proposed project to meet NYS water quality standards. According to Catskill Mountainkeeper, once it enters New York, the pipeline would cross 20 aquifers, four public water supply watersheds, and 207 waterbodies, with impacts on 75 acres of wetlands.

Copies of the FEIS and DEC permit application documents can be viewed online at www.constitution pipeline.com. Printed copies are available at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton.

Hearings will be held on Monday January 12 in Binghamton, Tuesday January 13 in Oneonta, and Wednesday January 14 in Cobleskill, all starting at 6:00 p.m. (and presumably lasting as long as there are speakers).

If you cannot make it in person, organizers ask that you submit written comment, which are also being accepted through Jan. 30.

Saugerties Public Forum: “Danger! Pilgrim Oil Pipelines Coming Through Our Town?”

When: View in Calendar » January 10, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: View Map » Saugerties Senior Citizens Center, 207 Market Street, Saugerties,NY 12477, USA
Contact: Sue Rosenberg
1-845-246-3449
cappsny@gmail.com

Speakers: Kate Hudson, Jen Metzger, Kathy Nolan
Sponsors: Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline Saugerties NY (CAPPSNY), Frack Free Catskills
Co-Sponsors: Esopus Creek Conservancy, Protecting Our Waters
Contact: cappsny@gmail.com / 845-246-3449 – Sue Rosenberg

The increasingly controversial bi-directional pipelines proposed by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, have now been opposed in resolutions passed by 30 municipalities in New York and New Jersey. The pipelines would come through Saugerties if approved, carrying fracked crude oil from Albany down the NY State Thruway corridor to refineries in New Jersey, and “refined products” back north. To make sure the facts about Pilgrim Pipelines are well understood, all are welcome to attend tomorrow’s forum.

From the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline Saugerties New York (CAPPSNY):

“Kate Hudson from Riverkeeper, Jen Metzger from Citizens for Local Power, the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and Kathy Nolan from Catskill Mountainkeeper will speak, answer questions, and explore actions we can take to protect our community.

Saugerties landowners who have already been approached by Pilgrim for permission to access their property for an initial survey are particularly encouraged to attend, as there are concerns about the information some report to have been given.

Information on the resolutions passed by some other towns along the proposed thruway route calling on the NYS Thruway Authority to reject use of the right of way to carry this crude oil and asking Gov. Cuomo and the DEC to oppose the pipeline will also be available.

Please join us.

CAPPSNY Flyer excerpt:

What are the Possible Risks?
Pipeline leaks, oil spills, explosive chemicals, compressor stations that emit toxic air pollutants, construction, traffic

How Can Saugerties Protect Itself?

* Learn all we can about the risks
* Keep them off our land: Saugerties Landowners have been approached by Pilgrim Pipeline representatives. You have the Right to Deny them Access to your Land!
* Pass local and county resolutions: Kingston, Rosendale, New Paltz (town and village), Woodstock, Rochester, Marbletown, Rhinebeck and 22 New Jersey towns already passed resolutions opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline

 

“We Are Seneca Lake” Arraignments Alternate Wednesdays, Town of Reading

When: View in Calendar » January 8, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Repeats: Weekly on Wednesday until May 30, 2015
Where: View Map » Reading Town Court, 3914 County Route 28, Watkins Glen,NY 14891, USA

Every other Wednesday for the foreseeable future, activist arrestees will have their time before Justice Raymond H. Berry in Town of Reading Court, 3914 County Rd. 28, Reading Center, NY 14876. First half of each group will be heard at 5:00 p.m., next at 7:00 p.m.

Dress warmly, as the “public servants” who run the court like to keep people freezing outdoors instead of letting them into the building, although there is plenty of room inside to keep them all warm. And leave your electronics in the car, or you’ll be barred from court, even if you use your phone only as a clock, or want to look something up. The little powers that be like to flex their muscles by making We the People feel subservient and helpless.

Think there’s something wrong with this picture — besides the fact that the wrong people are being accused of crimes?

Still, we can show up and support each other!

Next dates (check WeAreSenecaLake.com for latest updates):

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (April Fool’s)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (Tax Day)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big One Down! But More to Go . . .

CPNY celebrates the NYS ban on fracking, but knows it’s only one piece of the ongoing fossil fuel threat.

The Coalition to Protect New York’s grassroots members are greatly relieved that it’s almost certain New York will not allow fracking. Governor Cuomo has given us a holiday gift in announcing that he has truly left the decision to science, and that common sense prevailed.

Dr. Howard Zucker, who did a health assessment, and Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Peter Martens came to the only possible conclusion— that fracking harms human health and our environment and should not be undertaken.

This decision came about because of the hard work of thousands of people — scientists, health practitioners, veterinarians, and primarily grassroots activists. These individuals have tirelessly and without fanfare sponsored public forums, panels, and screenings; gone door-to-door to educate their neighbors and local officials; lobbied state officials; rallied; bird-dogged the governor; protested infrastructure buildout; spoken to the media; and written countless public comments, brochures, letters, op-eds, websites, research studies, white papers, policy briefs, testimonials, even documentary films and books.

“There are a lot of heroes in this movement,” said Jack Ossont, one of CPNY’s cofounders. “Perhaps none are as worthy of kudos as attorneys David and Helen Slottje. Their tireless work through their public-interest law firm Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc. gave hope to the scores of towns that have passed strong local bans that stood through challenges in the highest courts in the state.”

CPNY is celebrating this victory along with the many other groups in the state that helped make it happen. But we are not blind to the proliferation of fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure going on all around us, right here in “frack-free” New York State. “We know we must keep our focus to stop the pipelines, compressor stations, water withdrawal for fracking, and brine spreading that are already here,” said another CPNY cofounder, David Walczak. “At least five New York State landfills are accepting radioactive frack waste from Pennsylvania. And of course in the Finger Lakes, we must continue to defy the Crestwood corporation’s dangerous gas storage on Seneca Lake, where more than 130 protesters have been arrested in the last two months.”

It’s good to take a brief breather, but the fossil fuel corporations have been laying their plans for years and are bound and determined to destroy our future. We must stop them.

Meanwhile, the many, many volunteers who helped make this ban happen should congratulate themselves for their selfless hard work. “One lovely gift we can thank the governor for this holiday season,” said CPNY’s Maura Stephens, “is a bit more restful sleep—something we have been living without for years.”

Lots of Indy Media Coverage of Ongoing Seneca Lake Protests, Arrests

The now-six-week-long escalating resistance to the Crestwood Midstream gas storage facility in salt caverns along beautiful Seneca Lake has added 93 people to the list of citizens who have been arrested. The peaceful resistance began when Jeremy Alderson, Gary Judson, Susan Walker and others first chained themselves to the fence at Inergy (now Crestwood) gas storage facitlity in September 2012; subsequently,  12 others were arrested, three imprisoned, in 2013.

The latest campaign has been getting a lot of press, including a segment on Democracy Now!

Some of the latest coverage:

From Inside Climate News: “In NY Tourist Haven, Arrests Continue at Methane Storage Project”
From EcoWatch: “6 Jailed, 9 Arrested in Ongoing Fight against Methane Gas Storage”