Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oneonta hearing will be online today

For the next few months, I will be publishing most of my
stuff to the Youtube channel "NY Friends of Clean Air and Water"
and not "Shaleshock" (which has a copyright strike preventing us
from uploading longer videos).

I have a playlist started for the Oneonta hearings.
There will be 4 segments, all about an hour long. (Last segment is ~46m).
Or you can use this: TinyURL.com/CPDECOneonta011315

Segments 3,4 are online now.
Segment 2 will be online about noon (or a little before).
Segment 1 will be online by ~3pm, but I may not get it added to
the playlist until after 5pm or so.

This took a while to put together due to it being a 2-cam shot.
There is still a slight audio-sync issue, but it's "close enough".

People who want certain segments extracted, I suggest using
a service like tubechop EmbedPlus snipsnip youtubetime.
May want to read this or this.

Cobleskill should go much faster, as there is less work to do,
but I'm seriously multi-tasking next few days.
I appreciate you patience.

BH


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Important info about upcoming DEC hearings SHORT VERSION (please READ and SHARE!)

(short version, just the dates and locations)

Some important info about 6x DEC hearings coming up next few weeks.
Locations/Dates of hearings, Legislative authority, Project status updates.
  1. Constitution Pipeline (Binghamton Jan 12, Oneonta Jan 13, Cobleskill Jan 14) ALL at 6pm
  2. Algonquin AIM(Brewster Jan 21, Stony Point Jan 22) ALL AT 6pm
  3. Crestwood LPG storage at Seneca Lake
    (Feb 12, Horseheads NY) 10am
Some important info about 6x DEC hearings coming up next few weeks.

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Several important DEC hearings coming up. PLEASE READ & Share


NOTE: The location of the Brewster hearing has been changed! Correct info is below.


Short version is here: (Just dates and location)
http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2015/01/important-info-about-upcoming-dec.html



​​
Yes, thank you Governor Cuomo for this ban.

This took great courage, and after many years of
spending great efforts on this,

We the People feel like you have finally heard us on High-volume Hydro Fracking.
For this, we congratulate you.

You will be remembered as the man who banned Fracking in a Shale State.
New York. You will be remembered as the man who courageously
stood up to the most powerful industry on the planet.

I love this video by Jessica Veccione, which I think beautifully captures
the gratitude we all felt when we heard the news.

https://vimeo.com/114822488



New York State is Safe from Fracking! THANK YOU! December 17th 2014


But... we must remind you...



Don't go to sleep, NY.
Don't disband your groups just yet.

many of our communities are fighting many infrastructure projects which are
threatening the health, safety, and well being of our communities, including
waste, pipelines, compressors, CNG, LNG, and storage facilities.

Visit the map and see what's in your neighborhood:
You Are Here, NY!

UPCOMING DEC HEARINGS!

There are several important DEC hearings coming up in January
affecting two large, proposed, interstate pipeline projects under the
permitting authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
  • Spectra Energy's "Algonquin AIM Pipeline"
     
  • and the joint project by Williams Partners / Cabot Oil+Gas blasphemously called the "Constitution Pipeline"

Below please find the hearing locations, project status, and links to
the Legislative Scope of these hearings have been provided to help
you formulate on-topic comments.


Additionally, there is an Issues Conference February 12 in Horseheads
for the LPG storage facility at Seneca Lake. http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/99319.html
More info will be forthcoming on this. Mark your calendar now!



I. DEC Hearings on the Constitution Pipeline

Project Status:


Resistance:

After fighting this project since May 2012, we are in the final stages of permitting,
and the start of construction is dangerously close.

However, the applicant (Williams/Cabot) is in  Catch 22: (a paradoxical
dependency loop):

The USACE cannot complete their surveys until condemnation
proceedings are completed, because a large number of landowners have not given
survey access. But now the ground is frozen, so they cannot complete this work. 

But FERC cannot issue their Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity,
which gives them eminent domain power, until these surveys are done.
So they are stuck.

To get around this, FERC, on behalf of industry, has GAMED THE SYSTEM,
by issuing "conditional approval", which the applicant are using this to begin
eminent domain proceedings. But this is legally dubious.

The conditional approval pending the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Clean Water Act section 404 permit (@ 33 USC § 1345), and several
permits under the NYSDEC's authority, including the
Section 401 Clean Water Act. (@ 33 USC § 1341).

It's all about Water!

LEGISLATIVE SCOPE: (note: all have to do with water)

Article 15 Title 5 Excavation & Fill in Navigable Waters
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 15 Water Withdrawal Non-public

DEC Hearings on the Constitution Pipeline
Locations and Dates:


REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS:

IMO-- The prospects of stopping these projects through administrative means are grim.

Tree clearing is expected to being early February. While I believe we must
engage the regulatory approach to the very end, we must also have a backup
plan.

Landowners who want the best deal during Eminent Domain proceedings,
contact the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities.

email: landownerhelp@ruralcommunities.org or contact Stop the Pipeline.
These groups can assist you finding an attorney to help.

LANDOWNERS and others wanting to
use NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
to stop tree clearing and construction of the UN-constitutional Pipeline,
please call Alex Lotorto @ 570-281-2215 or contact me (Bill Huston).




II. DEC Hearings on the Algonquin AIM pipeline

Public hearing on water and air permits for the expansions of the huge Southeast
and Stony Point compressor stations
Project status:
More info:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20141231_not3.html
LEGAL SCOPE:
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Part 401 Water Quality Certification
Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance
Air Title V - Southeast Compressor Station
Air Title V - Stony Point Compressor Station

DEC Hearings on the Spectra / Algonquin AIM project:
Location and dates:


III. DEC Issues Conference on the LPG storage facility at Seneca Lake
More info:

Issues Conference: Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 624.4(b), a pre-adjudicatory hearing issues conference will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 10:00 AM, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2666 Corning Road, Horseheads, New York, 14845. If needed, the Issues Conference will continue on Friday, February 13, 2015.
Watch for a more detailed alert on this coming soon.


FERC vs. DEC

Both Algonquin AIM and the Constitution Pipeline are under FERC permitting authority.

As you may know, FERC is considered by many of us to be a Rubber Stamp Machine,a rogue agency which does not follow this nation's laws.

FERC routinely violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by
failing to consider cumulative impacts, and impacts of connected projects.

The public and environmental NGOs have complained about this
in comments on dozens of FERC dockets I have examined.
But these complaints are ignored.

FERC violates the Natural Gas Act by continuing to issuing permits to companies with


...[I]f it is found that the applicant is [not] able and willing [to properly] do the acts
and to perform the service proposed and to conform to [the law],

such application shall be denied." 15 USC §717f(e).

FERC violates the Natural Gas Act by granting permits to companies (like Williams)
who construct jurisdictional facilities (like Williams Central Station in Susquehanna County PA,
and the Dunbar Compressor in Windsor NY) without a Certification of Public Convenience and
Necessity
. They just look the other way, take their permit fees, and keep issuing more permits.



So we cannot look to the federal government to follow the law.
Therefore, it is up to Governor Cuomo's DEC to enforce the law
and deny these illegal permits.

Another way that FERC is violating the law is by an abuse of NEPA identified by Maya von Rossum, of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which permits for projects with major environmental impacts under a Fast Track process using a short Environmental Assessment (EA), and not a full, multi-year Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • Crestwood Arlington methane storage facility, FERC docket # --CP13-83 "only" 2,194 tons per year in Greenhouse Gas emissions. This is like 22 coal cars of junk going into the air every years. PS: this only includes emissions from the compressor engines, and does not include fugitive emissions, e.g., pipeline blowdowns. -- FONSI: No significant impacts. EA only -- NO EIS.
  • Minisink Compressor -- FERC docket # CP11-515 -- 61,751 tons per year in emissions. This is like a coal train 6 miles long.  FONSI: No significant impacts. EA only -- NO EIS.
  • Hancock Compressor FERC, FERC docket # CP13-14, 70,438 tons per year. A coal train 7 miles long. FONSI: No significant impacts. EA only -- NO EIS.
  • Dominion New Market Project -- CP14-497 -- 200,000 tons per year in emissions. EA only?
    (heading that way). This is like a coal train 20 miles long.
  • Dominion Cove Point LNG -- 2.0 Million tons per year -- FONSI: No significant impacts. EA only -- NO EIS!!!  This is a coal train 200 miles long.
  • Kinder Morgan NED project -- est. 2.5 Million tons per year (will there be an EIS??)
  • ...there are dozens more like this...

Here is one way FERC violates our environmental laws:

http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/10/fercs-illegal-abuse-of-nepa-ea-fast.html


And BTW, the courts are rigged in various ways, and not surprisingly, rarely enforce the law to protect people and property from harms.

http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/09/federal-judge-who-wrote-minisink.html


To quote one of our nation's top attorneys fighting FERC projects, Carolyn Elefant:

"I don't see how any of these cases are winnable".
Source: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/08/minisink-lost-appeal-minisink-residents.html

Leveraging DOH Commissioner's report

and NY's "legally binding prohibition of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state."

on the health impacts of fracking, saying the risks are too great.


http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/33/62/47/7285238/11/628x471.jpg "I think it would be reckless to proceed in New York until more authoritative research is done. I asked myself, 'would I let my family live in a community with fracking?' The answer is no. I therefore cannot recommend anyone else's family to live in such a community either."

-- 
Dr. Howard Zucker, Acting NYS Commissioner of Health


  • But what about the people of Minisink? ... Where several families are suffering the health impacts
    of Compressor Station built with questionable legal authority
    in a residential neighborhood?



  • What about the people of NE Pennsylvania?

    ...Where people have had their communities fracked
    and water polluted on a mass scale IN PART DUE to
    the YES vote of Governor Cuomo's appointee on the
    Susquehanna River Basin Commission these last 4 years?


    Carol French, at Paradise Rd, (site of water contamination). ​Photo: Les Stone
  • What about all these pipelines, compressor stations, and toxic waste facilities?

    ...which are already harming citizens of NY, and also encouraging fracking in
    Pennsylvania?

Bottom Line:

These DEC permit hearings are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to pack the house,
to send a strong message to our Governor that while we do appreciate the ban on HVHF,
and will shower him with gratitude over this bold action to protect our state,

But we are expecting more of the same...  Much more.
Our communities are under attack, an INVASION of FRACKED GAS INFRASTRUCTURE.


Not only is this the WRONG WAY for the climate and the future of planet earth,
these project are causing grave harms to NYers ...TODAY.
My New Year's Resolution is going to be to encourage the cooperative relationship
we are developing with him, and looking for his support of clean, renewable energy.
  • Including, building a local, sustainable NY energy grid built on clean, green, technologies,
  • AND-- his commitment at killing several unpopular, unnecessary, dangerous,
    & environmentally damaging infrastructure projects
    , notably,
    • the Constitution pipeline,
    • the Algonquin AIM project,
    • Port Ambrose LNG,
    • the Dominion New Market Project,
    • CNG / LPG / NGL storage projects at Seneca Lake.
    • ... etc. ...
  • Meaningful relief and remedy to the people of Minisink.
  • AND ALSO-- If Fracking is unsafe for the people of NY, then it is unsafe for the people of PA.
    Therefore, will will expect a NO vote coming for all new water withdrawal permits from his representative on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
Can I get an AMEN to that?
See you at the DEC hearings!
Bill Huston

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be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kinder Morgan NED: Biggest freaking compressors I've ever seen!!










Note: After I published this, it was pointed out to me that these data are from the original resource reports 9/2014. There was a major reroute published 12/2014. This sizes, location, and number of these compressors have changed. But in sum, the aggregate HP is still in the same ballpark: 465,000 HP. -- BH

I don't know quite what to make of this, so I am just reporting to you what I've found.

Check out the file called

NED_Pre-Filing_Letter.DOCX

 
          "Request to implement the Commission's pre-filing procedure for the Northeast Energy Direct Project"

Under Accession Number 20140915-5200, "Application to open a pre-filing proceeding of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. under New Docket for Tennessee's Northeast Energy Direct Project " under FERC docket PF14-22.
Page 7.

Someone from Franklin NY asked me to look up the air emissions for the proposed Franklin Compressor. It's bad enough-- either 20,500 HP or 30,000 HP, with typical emissions at 100,000 tons per year in Greenhouse gasses (CO2e).

Keep in mind the TOTAL amount of new compression for the entire Dominion New Market project is 33,000 HP over 3 sites at 11,000 HP each. So the proposed Franklin compressor is 3 times the typical big transmission line compressor I've seen.

But then I noticed that the compressors between the Wright (NY) Interconnect and Dracut Mass are the biggest I've ever seen. I about fell over. 3x Titan 250's @ 120,000 HP each. These are the largest commercially made compressors available, and ~10x the size of the typical compressor I've seen (I've looked at many).

120,000 HP happens to be about equal to 90 Megawatts, or the output of a GE90 jet engine found in the largest aircraft, like a Boeing 747 or 777.

So the total compression proposed for the KM NED project is about 480,000 horsepower, which is the equivalent of 4x of the biggest jet engines made.
See the attached graphic.

According to the filed documents, the Kinder Morgan NED would require a total of
  • 8 compressor sites
  • 32k + 20.5k + 30k + 20k + 120k(!!!) + 120k(!!) + 120k(!!) + 23k horsepower
  • Total horsepower = 485k HP. 
  • All are turbines except the "Market Path Head Station" in Schoharie (pipeline junction) which are reciprocating. 
Rough estimates of total GHG emissions for all of these:
Total HP for turbines: 465k HP.
Total Recip HP: 20k
GHG estimates are 100k tpy per 20.5k HP for turbines or 100k/20.5k = 4.9 tons per year per HP. Estimating that recip engines are approximately 2x that = 9.8 tons per year per HP
Total GHG estimates:
465kHP * 4.9 tpy/HP
+ 20kHP * 9.8 tpy/HP = 2.3 Million tpy  + 196k tpy = 2.5M tpy.
2.5 MILLION TONS PER YEAR.
Total GHG emissions for KM-NED = 2.5 MILLION TONS PER YEAR in emissions.
  • 10k tons = coal train 1 mile long
  • 100k tons = coal train 10 miles long
  • 1M tons = coal train 100 miles long.
  • 2.5 M tons = coal train 250 miles long -- from NYC to Rochester.
To put that into perspective, the biggest emitter I've ever seen to date was Dominion Cove Point, which is estimated to be 2.0 M tpy of CO2e in GHG emissions.
Wow / What the Hell?

Where is all this gas coming from?
Going to?

Holy crap people.

I... am... speechless....

Every day I look at these technical documents
I keep finding a bigger monstrosity then I've ever seen before.

To paraphrase Adam Headley (age 10)--
this is just stupid.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Propane Shortage detail, Seneca Lake connection to Tar Sands

I've been studying the propane shortage and other related issues
for some time.

I hope this is helpful. Citations are included to original sources.
http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/03/winter-propane-shortage-and-nyseneca.html

I've just updated this blog post with something new I found
from an industry presentation showing that the effects of
propane exports
upon last winter's shortage was ~3.5x
that of the result of increased consumer demand (including
from the Polar Vortex, and wet corn harvest). 


Annotated:

Also check out the testimony of Kevin Bernstein (spokesman for Crestwood!!!)
explaining that the shortage was caused by the partial reversal of the
TEPPCO pipeline (that's the one that terminates at the storage facility
across the street from Crestwood) to send valuable Marcellus NGLs to
the Gulf Coast for refining.

Bernstein video is here:
http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/03/winter-propane-shortage-and-nyseneca.html

Also check the National Propane Gas Assoc. spokesman Richard Roldan
explaining the Tar Sands connection.

Cochin Pipeline (recently reversed) sends valuable NGLs from Marcellus Wet-Gas
regions (E.OH, WV, SW PA) to Canada for Tar Sands Development.

Connection between Alberta Tar Sands Mining
and Seneca Lake NGL/LPG Storage

There is a popular misnomer used by almost every mainstream
media outlet, from Wikipedia, to the NY TImes, to PRI's Living On Earth:
 "Alberta Oil Sands" or "Tar Sands Oil".


Friends-- THERE IS NO SUCH THING as TAR SANDS OIL.

The product being shipped in pipelines from Alberta (like what spilled in Kalamazoo MI,
 Mayflower Arkansas and other places) is mostly a product called DILBIT (Diluted Bitumen).



Dilbit IS NOT OIL:



The reason why it is so important to get this exactly correct is because of the implications.
THEY ARE MINING BITUMEN in Alberta, and Bitumen is GARBAGE.

Like shale-gas and shale oil, it is literally the "Bottom of the Barrel",
the dregs of hydrocarbons.

Properties of mining HYDROCARBON DREGS
  • DREGS: Bitumen mining (tar sands), fracking shale
  • Mining/extraction difficult 
    • very low EROEI
    • capital intensive
    • energy intensive
  • High environmental costs
  • High transport costs
  • Low quality product
    • Requires great effort to "upgrade" and synthesize tar sands
      into useable fuels
If you look at old refinery diagrams, "bitumen" or "asphalt" are commonly called
"residuum", or "bottoms product", i.e., shit. Waste product.


Bitumen cannot be transported in a pipeline. They must EITHER add dilutants
to it, e.g., DILBIT (diluted bitumen) using NGLs from the Marcellus (this is
the connection to Seneca Lake Storage and the propane shortage)...
...or "Upgrade" some of the bitumen into lighter products, by smashing the longer hydrocarbon molecules at extremely high energy levels (up to 1,500'C-3,000'C), which are near those found in a thermite reaction (the melting point of steel, 3,700'C) or the surface of the sun (5,500'C). 

~$10B Suncor Upgrader in Ft. McMurray, Alberta

So they are "assembling" crude oil from component parts:

Extra-heavy Bitumen from Alberta + NGLs from Marcellus = DILBIT
DILBIT => sent to refineries to make "refined products"
(gasoline, kerosene/jet fuel, diesel, heating oil, lubricating oils, etc).

"Upgrading" bitumen is also extremely polluting. Check out the Great Sulfur Pyramids
of Alberta, objects so large they can be seen from space.
Some notes about the amount of tar-sands product coming into the US today,
by my estimate, about %14 of total US refinery inputs are Tar Sands products.

US production of Crude Oil is about 7M bbls/day.

Tar Sands imports are about 91% of 2.6M bbls/day.
Source: http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_epc0_im0_mbblpd_a.htm

Total US imports of crude oil is 7.4M bbls/day. 
Source: ibid

Canadian "Crude" output is ~9% is Syncrude, ~9% is Tight Oil, ~82% is Dibit
So total tar sands output from Canada is about 82+9=91%.
(I pulled this from many sources so tough to get an exact cite)

Total domestic crude oil consumption = ~14.4M bbls/day
of which ~2.3M bbls/day is from tar sands, or about 14%.


I hope this is helpful--
WmH

Monday, December 15, 2014

CELDF's Tom Linzey on Pipelines

I was just talking to someone tonight from Lancaster County PA fighting the Atlantic Sunrise. She mentioned that CELDF were helping them.

Then this came though... in the context of conversations on certain lists, I found this very timely and impactful. IMO, the CELDF approach is the correct one for the long term. It's getting to the root of the problem, not putting Band-ades over symptoms. -- BH

http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/linzey-to-stop-pipeline-force-local-governments-to-pick-a/article_5c080811-0952-5b20-a6e5-052fd111fecb.html

Linzey: To stop pipeline, force local governments to pick a fight
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 2:00 am

By Thomas Alan Linzey

Kudos to The Roanoke Times for telling it like it is ("Friendly advice for pipeline opponents," — Nov. 23 editorial). In a nutshell: The law protects energy corporations, not pipeline opponents.

It's been manufactured that way, of course, to make sure that energy corporations are shielded from community efforts to stop them. Corporations use agencies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide an additional layer of insulation and control between communities and those corporations "regulated" by the agency; and corporations routinely use state legislatures to roll over trespass and other property laws.

It's an unwelcome fact, but corporations have privatized our governments. In Virginia, people trying to stop intermodal transportation projects, pipelines, boondoggle smart roads, uranium mines and a slew of other projects are thus forced to fight not only the corporations proposing the projects, but their own state and federal governments.

We end up trying to convince state and federal agencies to deny permits in hearings where communities are lucky if the microphones are even connected; or fighting lengthy battles that aren't even about whether the project happens or not — only whether more compensation will be paid as it happens.

Virginia wasn't always this way, of course. With their Massachusetts counterparts, Virginians spearheaded the American Revolution, and were the first people in the country to adopt a declaration of rights in their constitution — the content of which was copied by every other state in the country.

That declaration of rights established that the role of government is to protect our civil and political rights, and that governments are legitimate only if they are controlled by the people who live under them. If they don't do either, it is our right — indeed, our duty — to replace those governments with ones that will.

Our forebears wouldn't recognize the system we currently have, which miserably fails both of those tests. Our local governments are forcibly prevented from protecting our civil and political rights due to a variety of accepted legal doctrines — like pre-emption, corporate rights, and the Dillon Rule.

As for the actual people living within each county, while the system "sees" municipal corporations like county governments, it doesn't "see" the people who live in those municipalities as having any authority whatsoever.

Realizing that, communities in Pennsylvania are now using their local governments to adopt bills of rights that ban pipelines, frack injection wells,and fracking itself. In New Hampshire, communities have joined together to adopt community bills of rights that ban new powerline projects and the pumping of their water by multinational corporations. In New Mexico and California, people acting through their county governments have banned all fracking.

Want to stop the newest pipeline that's been proposed? Stop fighting under the corporate script that's been written for you. Turn your back on FERC and the state legislature. Make them irrelevant.

Force the county boards of supervisors to enact a law that bans certain major eminent domain takings unless approved by a referendum of county voters. Force them to enact a law that refuses to recognize parts of the state law legalizing trespass. Force them to enact a law that forces energy corporations to make their case for public necessity at the county level prior to filing eminent domain actions.

Will the corporation and the state argue that the county doesn't have the power to take these actions? Of course. But without forcing a confrontation between the state and the local, and between the corporation and we the people of each county, silence is considered consent.

Forcing the corporation to sue the community to vindicate corporate rights over the community's right to decide dispels the persistent myth that we have a democratic system.

Because you don't have a pipeline problem, Virginia, you have a democracy problem.

Since the corporations have the system locked up, stopping the pipeline inevitably means engaging in this kind of collective municipal civil disobedience; and it will probably also require doing the traditional kind — physically stopping the surveyors and bulldozers in nonviolent actions in community after community.

While that's happening, it may even mean building a community-based movement to change the Virginia constitution to elevate people's rights above the rights of corporations. Communities in eight states are doing that now, and a National Community Rights Network had its first meeting in October.

It's a tall order. But then again, Virginians have risen before to cleanse the system, by building a new one outside of it.

Just ask the 1776 crowd.

Thomas Alan Linzey is the Executive Director and Chief Counsel of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law firm that has provided legal services to over five hundred local governments and community groups across the United States. He was raised in southwestern Virginia and served as the attorney leading legal opposition to the "smart" road near Blacksburg.



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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

My first substantial PD patch MultiLooper w/Reverb

I call it MultiLooper.pd
I distribute it as "Looper-Reverb".
It's a couple of very useful patch abstractions.

This is a beta release to the PD community for feedback.

looper.pd*:

This is a simple looper abstractions based on
a PD tutorial by Dr. Rafael Hernandez.
I added sliders to scub back and forth
at different rates.

I also added a pan [hslider], and an LFO
which can be enabled to move it.
You can adjust the rate, amplitude, and offset.

(* actually you will find looper1.pd and looper2.pd due to a namespace collision which I couldn't solve -- this is beta code!)

billverb.pd:

Nothing fancy, just an abstraction which allows adjusting
certain common reverb parameters.

The combination of these two modules is proving to be
extremely versatile in my sound-design work (for video).

I have included links to two different versions.


  1. PD Source Code + sample sounds from Freesound. (11MB)
    http://ChangeTheFrame.com/~bhuston/PD/Looper-Reverb-0.1-wSounds.zip
  2. PD Source Code only. (57 Kb)
    http://ChangeTheFrame.com/~bhuston/PD/Looper-Reverb-0.1.zip
  3. Sample track: Fear of Industrialization
    https://soundcloud.com/williamahuston/fear-of-industialization

    This track was extremely simple to produce, requiring just two samples: a crash cymbal sample played backwards and auto-panned, and a slowed and scratched sample of some metal pipes being rolled around on a concrete floor (From Freesound).

I will post a video soon showing how to use these.

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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Monday, December 8, 2014

SERIOUS limitation of MoveOn petitions. CONSIDER ANOTHER PLATFORM

MoveOn provides several nice options for their online petitions,
however there is a serious limitation.

THEY are collecting email addresses for every signed,
however they WILL NOT PROVIDE these to list managers.


However they do give us a way to contact signers THROUGH THEM.

I am presently looking into other platforms for Online Petitions
and would be grateful if you have suggestions.

Thanks,
BH


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fwd: WASL current stats (10-3-14), and current map of Arrestees domicile

By my count, we are on Day 15 of this campaign
(counting days of blockades, arrests, court dates,
and release dates where we have video. This is not
really consistent, but suits the video archive, so YMMV :)

1 Thu, October 23, 2014 blockade
2 Fri, October 24, 2014 200 person blockade!
3 Tue, October 28, 2014 blockade
4 Wed, October 29, 2014 10 arrests
5 Mon, November 3, 2014 15 arrests
6 Wed, November 5, 2014 Court for first 10 Defenders, Dwain Wilder jailed
7 Mon, November 17, 2014 10 arrests Climate Marchers
8 Tue, November 18, 2014 8 arrests
9 Wed, November 19, 2014 9 arrests Business Coalition, Court (Sandra Steingraber, Colleen Boland, Roland Micklem jailed)
10 Thu, November 20, 2014 9 arrests, Roland released
11 Fri, November 21, 2014 12 arrests
12 Tue, November 25, 2014 Sandra Colleen released
13 Mon, December 1, 2014 10 arrests Schuyler County
14 Wed, December 3, 2014 Court for 19, six are jailed (Jimmy Betts, Michael Clark, John Dennis, Kelsey Erikson, Susan Mead, Judy Leaf)
15 Thu, December 4, 2014 Protest only, then blockade 9 arrests

WASL Total Arrests: 92
WASL Unique bodies: 83 + 9 arrests of repeat offenders
Overall Total Arrests: 107 (includes Seneca 3+12)
Overall Unique bodies: 95 (includes Seneca 3+12)

WASL Average Age (for those we know, 3 are unknown): 53.6
WASL Total Ages Known: 4774 years.
WASL Total Age (Best Guess): 4935 (average age * 92)



Latest Map. Notes:

1) Chenango County becomes yellow due to my error. Should have been yellow since 11/3 Ken Fogerty. (I had him as Chemung Co.)
2) Cayuga County becomes Lt.Orange.
3) One more arrest for Tompkins County and I must change the color scale!
4) Added QUICK STATS box.





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Friday, December 5, 2014

Bruce Baxter update, Bainbridge NY standoff w/Constitution Pipeline

At Bruce Baxter's property in Bainbridge NY (Wednesday)
when 2 dozen Defenders showed up to keep Constitution Pipeline (CP) crews
off the land, there was a legal determination made by the State Police that the drilling
crew from CP were legal due to a DOT permit they had in-hand.
(Permit: https://www.scribd.com/doc/249189168/DOT-permit-NYS-Hwy-206-work-Bainbridge-Constitution-Pipeline)

They blockaded from Sunrise/7AM until about 11 am. Suddenly, several people
had to leave, and it seemed evident that we had scared off the crew.

However, shortly after most or all of the Defenders left, a drilling rig showed up
along with several service vehicles and a crew to direct traffic. Cops were called.
Drilling test bores for horizontal drilling required for going under the road commenced.

The "Constitution" pipeline was just issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
by the  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), despite that dozens of outstanding issues
raised during scoping have not been adequately addressed in the FEIS.

The question is whether the DOT owns the land, or just an EASEMENT.
IMO, this question is complex, & requires a court to determine.
Yet the police, with insufficient facts, decided the permit was legal
and chose to side with Constitution Pipelines right to drill, over the Landowner's Right to defend his land from trespass.

The State Police threatened the property owner with arrest if he did not move his truck to allow the drilling to occur. The Commander in Chief of State Police is Governor Andrew Cuomo. The officer who made the determination was Sgt. Lennon, based in Sidney.

(I think that is a little bit weird, since John Lennon (author of Sgt. Pepper, by the Beatles) used to have a farm in Sidney. Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon have been incredible friends to the Anti-Fracking movement in NY.)

ABOUT FERC

I consider this permit for the so-called "Constitution Pipeline"
really a Declaration of War against We the People
made by rogue agents within the US Government
on behalf of private, profit-seeking interests.

Why do I say FERC is a lawless, rogue agency?

1: While they theoretically must obey the Courts, and the Legislature,
in fact FERC demonstrate CONTEMPT of the people's law,
and continuously defy orders of the Federal Courts
.


2: FERC DEFIES NEPA
in dozens of ways, across dozens of dockets.

e.g., Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC, No. 13-1015, D.C. Cir. Feb. 6, 2013.

This case involved illegal project segmentation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of four separate projects by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company  FERC was caught allowing project segmentation, which treats each project as point-sources, and thus prevents the cumulative impacts of the aggregate of related projects to be considered as is required by NEPA.

Yet FERC is still segmenting occurring across dozens of dockets.
(cf. http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2014/09/ferc-master-docket-list-ne-pipeline-lng.html )

FERC is allowing an EA-only fast track process for several projects producing extreme amounts of pollution

Millennium Pipeline/Columbia's Hancock Compressor, 100k+ tons per year
Arlington Storage at Seneca Lake (Inergy/Crestwood) 100k+ tons per year
Minisink Compressor (Millennium/Columbia) 100k+ tons per year
Williams Central Station, 100k+ tons per year

3. FERC DEFIES ORDERS OF THE COURTS

The DC Circuit Court ordered FERC to review this case on remand, and cautioned FERC to obey the law.

4. FERC Defies the Natural Gas Act

FERC defies the Natural Gas Act  by allowing jurisdictional facilities to be constructed (e.g., Williams Central Station in Brooklyn PA, and also the Williams Dunbar compressor in Windsor, NY) without a Certficate of Public Convenience and Necessity as is required by law, and without sanction against the operators.

FERC also defies the Natural Gas Act by continuing to issue certificates to operators like Williams which atrocious safety and compliance records. In such a case, the law demands that "the permit shall be denied", yet FERC keeps on with their rubber-stamping.

5. This is due to a loophole in FERCs regulations, which was written by the American Petroleum Institute, and included by reference into the law. That is to say, FERC has delegated important permitting authority to the very industry they are supposed to be regulating, without the consent of Congress.

6. FERC is funded by the same industry they are supposed to regulate.
(in the form of permit fees and taxes). FERC receives no funds by Congressional appropriation.

The 4 sitting FERC commissioners are committing TREASON under COLOR of Law by SUBVERSION of our Constitutional Government on behalf of profit-seeking PRIVATE INTERESTS while putting many human lives at risk.
Treason is the highest crime known to our law.

Even President Barack Obama does not have much control of FERC.But he does control the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, which still must issue a wetlands permit. So there is still hope.

(WRITE AND CALL THE U.S.A.C.E, PEOPLE!)


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