Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To Michael and Josh


Michael Moore just got very sick. Josh Fox was nearly killed in an auto accident. Both are two of our most beloved friends, & greatest voices (socialist-worker, environmentalist, peace advocate), both involved the media. Presidential election year. Oil+Gas companies and midstreams companies are all tanked and desperate. Holy shit. Probably a coincidence!

This is intelligence. We don't want to get lost in conspiracy theories, but we also want to consider all possibilities. This is pragmatism. We are at War.

We do not want this war. But it is bring brought to us, to our homeland. We are being destroyed utterly by fossil fuel infrastructure, on a scale which makes the Great Pyramids seem like Tinker Toys.

The industrial capitalists perceive them as "our leaders", which of course they are! And so they go after them with PR bullies like Tom Shepstone or Rick Berman. And if you look at third world nations like Nigeria, and also throughout American history, the Fossil Fuel Industry (inc. coal) has used more physical gangster techniques, paid mercenaries (Pinkertons), physically assaulting people and sometimes even murder.

Ken Sero-wiwa was kinda like me. He did independent media, and exposed the toxic assault his country was suffering under mostly US Oil+Gas companies. Ken was assassinated, executed, hanged by his own fascist government. (Fascism is the merger of Corporations and the State) Judi Bari's car was bombed.

So what many people may not understand is that people like Michael Moore and Josh Fox take on great personal risks in order to do this work. They are not only smart, but crafty, and also brave.

What the industrialists do not understand is, that YES while these people are our great leaders, this movement to protect the earth's climate, the clean air and water, is far beyond one person. There is really no point in Ad Hominem attacks, because it doesn't weaken the movement. It only strengthens our resolve.

Right now our government, CHARTERED to protect and serve the people, is allowing the rapid industrialization of our countryside, forests cut. farms converted to industrial sites, and wetlands filled in. Many streams cut with mechanical trenching machines. FERC is rubber stamping permits to allow companies like Williams Company (with Cabot Oil and Gas) to destroy a forest: 500,000 precious trees, not only because of each tree's aesthetic value, their function as a source of food and shelter for 10,000 living beings, lungs of the earth, or carbon sequestration.

But also I believe these trees have an intrinsic right to exist.

Private property is being seized to build pipelines to serve corporate profits. (We know now much of this gas is for export). Water and air are being contaminated on a vast scale for this. Winter took a spring break here in the NorthEast US, just a little downwind of Porter Ranch. The ice caps are melting at rates far exceeding even the worst-case models. Vast numbers of people are being displaced from their homeland forming a human wave, a diaspora spanning continents.

Friends, just in case.... here is my advice-- Please stay in close contact with y/our dearest friends, allies, teachers, trainers & natural leaders in the climate movement. Find out their needs and nurture them.

In the Eastern wisdom tradition of Yoga, which I study and practice, the great Swamis are venerated and cared for by the community. It is believed that when when we do service for our teachers, we honor them, and we are also doing service for the Earth, and to God.

Remember-- There is strength in numbers. In labor unions, and in the uniform services, we say, "I got your back, brother/sister".

Josh and Michael-- You are cherished by many. Thank you for your service and bravery. Your work inspires me. You set the bar high in excellence. I strive to make media like you do, with truth, compassion, and humor. I strive to the level of public service you have achieved.

You are both, IMO, Heroes.
-- BH in Binghamton

Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to help save 100,000 trees from your sofa

Here are some ways you can help the Hollerans in New Milford PA fighting to save the maple trees against unlawful destruction.

1) Contact the local commander of the PA State Police and inform them that this tree cutting has only been authorized by FERC as, "non mechanized". However they are using mechanical chain saws.

The FERC certificate itself was illegal as it violated the law a dozen ways. This is being litigated in court now.

http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2016/02/my-letter-to-cuomo-schneiderman-seggos.html


STP Petition to Rehear: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20150102-5158

BH letter to NYS AG Schneiderman / Governor Cuomo / DEC Comissioner Seggos: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2016/02/my-letter-to-cuomo-schneiderman-seggos.html

EarthJustice/Catskill Mountainkeeper, et. al: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20160115-5640

Complete FERC docket CP13-499:  http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/eSave.asp?cnt=200&fd=1/28/2010&td=3/7/2030&cat=submittal,issuance&dkt=CP13-499&ft=fulltext&dsc=description

NYS Attorney General Schneiderman: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20160114-5411

2) check the FERC docket (link above) and find any filing for the US Fish and Wildlife. Find out the name of the local administrator. Get them to RESCIND their authorization, since the warm winter has caused an early bird migration.

3) keep calling Schneiderman and ask for an injunction based on the legal arguments outlined in his letter to FERC in Jan.

4) keep calling Cuomo and say DENY the 401 for Constitution Pipeline!!! Don't let one more tree fall!!

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

The Last Stand -- NEED BODIES HERE NOW! (Susquehanna Co. PA)

RED ALERT!

Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 9:47 AM

I just got a call from Kelly Finan, who is on the ground at the Hollerans,
2131 Three Lakes Road in New Milford, Susquehanna County PA.

Another chainsaw crew has arrived.
According to Kelly, they will be at the Hollerans'
"This afternoon (Sun) or Monday Morning"

If you have taken the Pledge to Resist Fracking,
if you care about 100,000 trees in PA currently under threat,
NOW is a good time to get involved..

The operative word here is ... NOW.
Thanks for all the letter-writing and phone calls to officials.
NOW IT IS TIME TO USE YOUR BODY.

We are NOT discussing exact tactics on email lists.
What happens may depend on how many people are here.

Presently there are NO arrestable actions planned.
But that could change.

REMINDER--- THIS PIPELINE WAS ILLEGALLY PERMITTED!
OUR GOAL is not to break any laws.
Our goal is to PROTECT this land, PROTECT the trees,
and PROTECT private property rights.






Need protectors, nonviolent witnesses, photographers, videographers, MEDIA/PRESS, and people trained in the DRN Monitor Program in Susquehanna County ASAP. Crews work very fast.

Home base camp is
2131 Three Lakes Rd, New Milford. PA
Holleran Residence / North Harford Maple.
GPS: 41.827, -75.758

Local contacts:
Megan Holleran: 570-709-3268
Alex Lotorto: 570-269-9589

Maps, GPS, Phone numbers:
Please distribute this widely.


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tree Clearing has Begun

I've just heard the chainsaw crews have started cutting trees near Williams Central Station, along the border of Brooklyn Twp PA and Bridgewater Twp (SE of Montrose).

Need protectors, nonviolent witnesses, photographers, videographers, MEDIA/PRESS, and people trained in the DRN Monitor Program in Susquehanna County ASAP. Crews work very fast.

Home base camp is 2131 Three Lakes Rd, New Milford. Holleran Residence / North Harford Maple.

Local contacts:
Megan Holleran: 570-709-3268
Alex Lotorto: 570-269-9589 (after 5pm)

Attached maps. Thx.
Distribute this info widely.


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

My letter to Cuomo, Schneiderman, Seggos: Please TAKE URGENT ACTION to protect 100,000 trees in NE-PA!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Please TAKE URGENT ACTION to protect 100,000 trees in NE-PA!
To: eric.schneiderman@ag.ny.gov, gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us, basil.seggos@dec.ny.gov

Take URGENT Action to Stop the "Constitution" Pipeline!

To: NYS AG Eric Schneiderman
      NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
      NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gentlemen--

Thank you so much for your efforts to protect NY from the dangers of high volume hydrofracking.  But new NY is being threatened by a dozen fracked-gas infrastructure projects, including the "Constitution Pipeline".

This project has involved a series of VIOLATIONS OF LAW, inc. the Natural Gas Act (NGA), & the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA):
  • FERC failed to examine the "character of the applicant"  as required by the Natural Gas Act.

    The applicant "Constitution" being a partnership between Cabot Oil and Gas, and Williams Partners

    • Cabot has been issued 618 violations by the PA DEP since 2009, just in Susquehanna County. According to researcher Vera Scroggins, they are the #1 worst operator in the state.

    • Williams also has an atrocious safety record. Including 4 explosions or fires within 30 miles of Binghamton in just 2 years.  Just Google "Williams Safety Record" and you will find dozens of examples of their facilities exploding, people getting hurt or killed, and the companies being fined for violations.

    The Natural Gas Act demands that if an operator cannot operate safely and be in compliance with regulations, "such application shall be denied." 15 USC 717f(e) 

  • Jurisdictional Facilities under the Natural Gas Act constructed without a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

    It is impossible to transport natural gas though a pipeline 125 miles without an initial compressor. However the design plan submitted to FERC lacked an initial compressor.

    In fact, several compressors necessary for this interstate pipeline have already been built, including the Williams Central Station, and the CDP compressors in New Milford PA WITHOUT a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as required by 15 USC 717f(c)(1)(A), which states:

    "No natural-gas company ... shall engage in the transportation or sale of natural gas... or undertake the construction or extension of any facilities therefor... unless there is in force ... a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by [FERC] authorizing such acts or operations"


  • FERC's "Conditional Certificate" PRIOR TO the issuance of the complete environmental review has no basis in law, and is a clear violation of their statutory authority under NEPA.

  • FERC failed to examine the "No Action" alternative required by NEPA

  • FERC failed to examine many environmental impacts required under NEPA (cumulative, upstream, downstream, direct, indirect, impacts of segmented projects, and reasonably foreseeable impacts).

  • FERC's "tolling orders" delay their response to Motions to Rehear (and thus lawsuits) violate statutory time limits imposed by 15 U.S.C. § 717r(a)

  • Landowners have had properties condemned, but have not been compensated PRIOR to construction violates the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution

THANK YOU to NYS AG Schneiderman for the letter to FERC in opposition to tree clearing in NY, however this activity is scheduled to begin TOMORROW, Friday 5 Feb 2016, in Susquehanna County PA. Your legal argument demands that NO CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY should occur until ALL the permits are in place. This includes PA.

I am therefore asking you all for immediate action to prevent this massive destruction of living trees, and other biomass necessary for climate stability and which provides home, food, and habitat for 10,000 animals, birds, and other living things.

1) Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Seggos--  Please immediately DENY the Clean Water Act sec. 401 permit. This will put an END to this madness which we have fought since 2012.

2) Attorney General Schneiderman-- Please seek an INJUNCTION to prevent tree cutting in Pennsylvania using the arguments you outlined in your opposition letter to FERC.

Thank you,
William Huston,
Binghamton NY
607-321-7846


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Call for Witnesses & Protectors: NE PA and Central New York


Request for Protectors and Nonviolent Witnesses
Northeast Pennsylvania, Susquehanna County


PLEASE READ and SHARE
A Call for:
Witnesses, Protectors and Nonviolent Warriors
NEEDED NOW
NorthEast Pennsylvania
Susquehanna County

From now until April 1st.
(soon to be needed in Central NY p\
I88 Corridor)

1: Holleran Residence
North Harford Maple Farm
2131 Three Lakes Road,
New Milford, PA
GPS: 41.827, -75.758

2: Solar Residence
39 Hall Rd
New Milford, PA
18834
GPS: 41.877, -75.667


See:
  • 2x attached maps,
  • press release from Energy Justice Network,
  • a plea from an impacted landowner
  • a plea from Bill Huston to save 100,000 trees in NE PA

From an impacted landowner:
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FYI, Constitution Pipeline tree cutting is due to begin tomorrow in PA only, not New York. You are invited to join the Holleran family and North Harford Maple in defense of their maple sugarbush that is in the right of way and due to be cut down in New Milford Township, Susquehanna County! See below for details of how you can help from now until March 31st, the tree cutting deadline according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act! The best way to reach us is by phone (not e-mail):

Megan Holleran
570-709-3268

Alex Lotorto
570-269-9589 

---------- Forwarded message ----------



From: Megan Holleran <megholleran@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 12:30 AM
Subject: NCPMG PA Tree Clearing Call To Action
To: ncpmggeneral@googlegroups.com


Hey everyone,

So, as a result of the partial notice to proceed being granted for PA only, we're gearing up down here to deal with potential tree clearing as early as tomorrow morning. 

We don't know where the cutting will start, but are going to focus on my family's property and maple syrup operation for now. We plan to be present on the property to deter/distract the tree cutting crews starting at 7 am every day until dusk, in shifts. 

We have signed a landowner permission form for people to be on our property and as of now have no immediate plans for any illegal actions as a group. Alex has prepared a Cease and Desist Order (attached), which has been served via the FERC docket, which we hope will help to deter any cutting activities for at least a few days until the attorneys communicate with each other.

If anyone would like to come down and help out, you can contact me at 570-709-3268 for additional information and directions. We will be there at 7AM until at least noon every day until March 31st. The property is located at 2131 Three Lakes Road, New Milford, PA. coordinates: 41.8272387, -75.7585062 

For anyone who's willing to make the drive I can potentially provide a place to stay, a home cooked meal, and free maple candy!

Things you can do:
- Sign up for a volunteer shift (video, photos, monitors, tactical, medics, etc) by calling or texting me at 570-709-3268 with 1) your name, 2) your preferred role(s) 3) time and date you plan to arrive/stay. Shifts are available 7AM-Noon, Noon-4:30 all days.

- Share this information with groups and friends.

- DONATE: Energy Justice Network is accepting donations on behalf of anti-Constitution Pipeline campaigners to support materials costs for resisting the pipeline, 1) go to www.energyjustice.net/donate , 2) make your donation, and 3) (until we have an official donation page) call 215-743-4884 to leave a message with your NAME and that your donation is for the CONSTITUTION PIPELINE FIGHT.

- BUY SYRUP: North Harford Maple, which produces maple syrup from trees in the Constitution Pipeline right of way, have syrup for sale at the above coordinates. If you would like to buy some during your visit, your purchase will help benefit our efforts to oppose the pipeline/offset costs.
More on the North Harford Maple and the Hollerans:http://innovationtrail.org/post/flipping-script-eminent-domain
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Bill Huston's rant and cry for help to protect 100,000 trees in NE PA:
Please share this on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/billhuston/posts/10207590386454437
While WSKG Public TV & Radio​ is promoting their latest content-free Ken Burns type documentary called "Harvest", meanwhile our region is under siege.

Everything we cherish is under grave threat.
Our clean air. Our clean water. Our quiet, rural way of life. Our forests, and every living thing in the forest. Our foodshed. Our property rights. Our DEMOCRACY.

That's IT, friends.
That's the proverbial "Farm".

Here is a comment I left on WSKG's Facebook Page:

NY is now under an industrial assault, an invasion, and occupation, a threat of mass destruction of biomass. Are you interested in that?

Because that could use your attention. There are several active fronts now with
There are active NVDA / Civil Disobedience / Nonviolent Resistance campaigns in
  • We Are Seneca Lake​, nearing 500 arrests since Oct'14.
  • Orange County NY (Protect Orange County​/ Minisink Matters​) fighting the MONSTER Fracked-Gas power plant CPV-Valley,
  • in Westchester County (Resist AIM Pipeline​).
  • We are preparing a ground-based resistance now in Central NY
  • (Occupy the Constitution Pipeline Route​).

This is Civil War going on in New York now. This is no joke. This is not a drill.

Our leaders are 100% committed to nonviolence. But I will tell you also there are a lot of pissed off landowners, and some own guns. We have trainers coming in to the area teaching Gandhi's methods. (Arun Gandhi​ please be aware of what is happening here) but this is not a stable situation. We have New York Attorney General​ Eric T. Schneiderman​ on our side, but a lawsuit will not stop the destruction of 500,000 trees. 

We are asking for Governor Andrew Cuomo​'s help to send in the New York Army National Guard​ and the New York State Police​ to PROTECT US! Protect property rights, uphold the law, and protect our forests and clean water. We are asking WSKG, WBNG-TV Action News​, pressconnects.com / Press & Sun-Bulletin​, WIVT/WBGH NewsChannel 34​, YNN-Southern Tier​, News Radio 1290 WNBF​, FOX 40 News WICZ-TV​ and other media outlets to cover the reality of what is happening here.

The FERC process has been a joke. The Natural Gas Act was not followed because the Williams Central Station, a necessary component, was not scoped as part of the project's environmental review and built WITHOUT A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE and NECESSITY due to a legal loophole written by the American Petroleum Institute​ (API-RP80). The safety and compliance record of Williams Companies​ and Cabot Oil & Gas​ has not been scrutinized as required by the Natural Gas Act, which demands "otherwise such application shall be denied." 15 USC 717f(e). Federal Energy Regulatory Commission​ issues dubious "Conditional Certificates" before the environmental review is complete, and allows properties to be condemned before the suitability of the project has been determed, THEN logjams the administrative appeal with illegal "Tolling Orders". There are COUNTLESS ways the TREASONOUS FERC has allowed the laws of our land to be SUBVERTED. These are HIGH CRIMES which President Obama​ is permitting to occur.

Tree clearing for the "Constitution Pipeline" is scheduled to start TOMORROW Saturday Jan 30 2016. Protectors will be in Susquehanna County to try to prevent this crime against nature and the people. 

Again: Our leaders are 100% committed to non-violence. But this is a DECLARATION OF WAR. We will protect this land. President Obama, Dear Governor Cuomo​: Please help us save our clean air and water.

Thank you.

Attached is a map showing where 100,000 trees are scheduled to be clearcut,
a scar about 20 miles, 100'ft wide which will never heal, if we permit it.

Frontline Defenders will be asked to attend nonviolence training.
TinyURL.com/CPNVDATrainingSignup
  • Please bring warm clothes,
  • camping and hiking equipment (boots!)
  • Cameras, CB radios.


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mary Anne Grady Flores: contact, donations & media coverage



From: Mary Anne Grady Flores <gradyflores08@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Subject: Mary Anne Grady Flores: contact, donations & media coverage
To:


DEAR ALL:

To write to Mary Anne:

Mary Anne Grady Flores

Inmate #: 12001966
Jamesville Correctional Facility
PO Box 143
Jamesville, NY 13078

 

To donate so she can make phone calls, etc., please make checks out to

Ithaca Catholic Workers (w/ Mary Anne Grady Flores in memo line) and mail to:

Ithaca Catholic Workers, 514 N. Plain St., Ithaca, NY 14850

 

For video on her actions (in English w/Spanish subtitles): https://youtu.be/3V8ElSbrEHg

 

See Jan 2016 media coverage of Mary Anne's case & on the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, at:

• Democracy Now! exclusive web interview: http://www.democracynow.org/…/web_exclusive_drone_war_prote…
• Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/mary-anne-grady-flores-dron…
• Ithaca Voice:
o http://ithacavoice.com/…/standing-ovation-thunderous-appla…/
o http://ithacavoice.com/…/12-photos-of-ithacas-anti-drone-g…/
o http://ithacavoice.com/…/ithacas-grandma-drone-protester-w…/
• Syracuse Post Standard: http://www.syracuse.com/…/20…/01/dewitt_drone_protester.html
• Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/…/grandma-drone-protester-be-jailed…
• Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/…/grandma-drone-protester-reman…
• Popular Resistance: https://www.popularresistance.org/grandma-drone-protester-…/
• Brave New Films: https://www.facebook.com/bravenewfilms/posts/10153207342527016
Center for Media and Democracy: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2016/01/13018/pacifist-drone-protestor-heads-jail-while-armed-militants-oregon-act-impunity

·     Bill Moyers website: http://billmoyers.com/story/a-drone-protestor-heads-to-jail/ 

·     Mint Press News: http://www.mintpressnews.com/212938-2/212938/

-- a friend

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Mary Anne Grady Flores
Ithaca, NY 14850 1-607-280-8797
Ithaca Catholic Workers  /  Los Obreros Catolicos de Ithaca
"If you think one person can't be effective, you've never been 
in bed with a mosquito" -War Resister's League 
"Si usted piensa que una persona no puede ser eficaz, nunca 
he estado en la cama con un mosquito" Liga de Opositores de Guerra 
"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely 
essential to it"   Howard Zinn (1922-2010)     
"La protesta más allá de la ley no se aparta de la democracia, es 
absolutamente esencial para que" Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.  It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness... 
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."  -- Howard Zinn



www.democracynow.org
www.upstatedroneaction.org
www.cpt.org
www.catholicworker.org
Aljazeer a- look it up on line
The Guardian <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gaza






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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WSKG Sloppy Reporting on Constitution Pipeline

First their article, then my comment.

PLEASE feel free to visit the WSKG News page and leave a comment.

http://wskgnews.org/post/constitution-pipeline-asks-fell-trees-spring#stream/0

Constitution Pipeline Asks To Fell Trees This Spring

By Jan 12, 2016
The route of the Constitution Pipeline as of July 26, 2013.
Credit Constitution Pipeline Company.

The company behind the Constitution Pipeline wants permission to cut down trees along its route. The project aims to transport Pennsylvania's natural gas through upstate New York and to eastern markets. It got federal approval in 2014 but still needs New York State to award water quality permits. After that, federal regulators can give it the "all clear."

In the meantime, Constitution Pipeline Company says it needs to cut down about 75,000 trees. It won't move any earth and will leave the stumps in place. Company spokesman Chris Stockton said the regulation gives them a narrow window, so the work doesn't disturb certain birds and bats.

"We need to start now in order to complete the work prior to this spring," Stockton said. "That's so we can stay within the environmental window and [in] compliance." The next possible window for tree felling would be in the fall. 

The company stresses it's not talking about construction, but environmental groups feel otherwise. Moneen Nasmith is a staff attorney at Earthjustice and is representing the Sierra Club, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and others in filings against the Constitution Pipeline. "It is the first step of construction, it is an incredibly destructive step," she said. "There's some real concerns about how that will affect the streams and waterways and wetlands that are near the pipeline route."

Nasmith also argues there are still unresolved appeals to the original federal approval.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declined to comment on pending decisions. Constitution Pipeline asked FERC to decide by Friday, but it may not issue a ruling by then.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation has until April to rule on the water quality permits. 

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My comment:

WSKG, Bret Jaspers-- this article has two big factual errors.

1: First is the headline. "Constitution Pipeline Asks To Fell Trees This Spring"
Spring begins Sunday, March 20, yet CP must stop tree clearing after April 1 due to restrictions placed on them by US Fish and Wildlife due to concerns for endangered bats and migratory birds. The fact is that CP wants to begin removing trees NOW.

2: Next is the statement, "Constitution Pipeline Company says it needs to cut down about 75,000 trees." Do you every try to fact check these things? Or do you just print whatever the industry PR people tell you as if it is Gospel? The fact is if you do some simple calculations, based on WIDTH of the pipeline construction right of way (100'ft), multiplied by the LENGTH of the pipeline (121 miles), you get the AREA which will be disturbed. Then, use some basic estimates for how much of the area is urban, farmland, and forest, then calculate the number of trees per acre, you will find the actual number of trees is more like 430,000. This is the number I arrived at. (My calculations are here: http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-many-trees-acres-of-forests-and.html) The folks at Stop the Pipeline performed a similar calculation and derived 700,000 trees. So the number given to you by Chris Stockton is about 1/10th the actual number, a very big error.

This issues (energy and the environment) are extremely important to your listeners, and WSKG has a history of poor reporting in this area. Omitting important facts, or getting things wrong. PLEASE try to do a better job. If you have questions about Constitution Pipeline, I would be happy to give you details.

While the group "Stop the Pipeline" is engaged in Administrative Remedies, I will tell you that the Constitution Pipeline Direct Action Group began trainings in NVDA, Nonviolent Direct Action one year ago. We have already performed one physical blockade of a site in the Town of Davenport, Delaware County, and they are preparing to disrupt tree clearing, should it occur. The next training will be happening very soon, so interested folks, please sign up here. Sign up instructions: http://tinyurl.com/CPNVDATrainingSignup
The Facebook presence for the CP Direct Action Group is located here: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyTheConstitutionPipeline 

thanks



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

MASSIVELY good news! EPA SAB says conclusion "no widespread or systemic" contamination from fracking.not supported by the EPA's own data

For immediate release on any list:

Friends, this is the biggest fracking news since the NY Ban--

First, the background:

June 5, 2015, EPA released their draft assessment on High Volume Hydrofracking,
which revealed for the first time by EPA, that fracking had in fact contaminated
underground sources of drinking water, something they had publicly denied
for many years. 

HOWEVER-- the cover letter says that EPA had not found "widespread or systemic" evidence of water contamination from such related drilling activities.

PROBLEM-- this executive summary did not match the substance of the report.

Of course the Oil+Gas industry celebrated this, and added their own spin.
"Fracking does not produce water contamination!!!", they cried. However,
this is the exact opposite of what the body of the report stated.

http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy


October 2015, the EPA's independent Science Advisory Panel called a hearing
to review the findings of this report. Some of the people in PA who had been
impacted learned about this (I understand it was Ray Kemble), and raised the alarm.

In a short amount of time, a list technical experts and affected persons
from all over the country from key areas (Dimock PA, Parker Co TX,
and Pavilion WY) were assembled, and a list of demands were created.

Ray Kemble, John Fenton, Craig Stevens, Ron Gulla, Steve Lipsky gave absolutely
stunning testimony! WATCH starting at 58 min:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJw7wuWURew#t=58m

Jan 7 2016: IT WORKED!

The EPA Science Advisory Board just released their draft report today.
WOW! It is stunning.  I just spoke to Craig Stevens who told me,

"It's a long technical document which we are still digesting. But from
the looks of things, we got everything we were asking for!"


Here is a long link. Just start with the cover letter-- first 4 pages:
Here is a short link which directs to the above link but is easy to share:
TinyURL.com/EPASABDraftFrackingReport2016



Highlights from filmmaker Hope for Peace:

On Thursday, January 7, 2016 3:30 PM, Hope Forpeace <hopeforpeacenow@gmail.com> wrote:


Summary on mentions of major cases: (Great work, friends)

Pg 1
The SAB has concerns regarding the clarity and adequacy of support for several major findings presented within the draft Assessment Report that seek to draw national-level conclusions regarding the  impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The SAB is concerned that these major findings are presented ambiguously within the Executive Summary and are inconsistent with the  observations, data, and levels of uncertainty presented and discussed in the body of the draft Assessment Report.

Of particular concern in this regard is the high-level conclusion statement on page ES-6 that "We did not find evidence that hydraulic fracturing mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States." The SAB finds that this statement does not clearly describe the system(s) of interest (e.g., groundwater, surface water) nor the definitions of  "systemic," "widespread," or "impacts." The SAB is also concerned that this statement does not reflect the uncertainties and data limitations described in the body of the Report associated with such impacts. The statement is ambiguous and requires clarification and additional explanation. 
Pg 2
While the EPA appropriately aimed to develop national-level analyses and perspective, most stresses to  surface or ground water resources associated with stages of the HFWC are localized. For example, the  impacts of water acquisition will predominantly be felt locally at small space and time scales. These local-level hydraulic fracturing impacts can be severe, and the draft Assessment Report needs to do a better job of recognizing the importance of local impacts. In this context, the SAB recommends that the  agency should include and explain the status, data on potential releases, and findings if available for the  EPA and state investigations conducted in Dimock, Pennsylvania, Pavillion, Wyoming, and Parker County, Texas where hydraulic fracturing activities are perceived by many members of the public to have caused significant local impacts to drinking water resources. Examination of these high-visibility cases important so that the public can understand the status of investigations in these areas, conclusions associated with the investigations, lessons learned for hydraulic fracturing practice if any, plans for remediation if any, and the degree to which information from these case studies can be extrapolated to other locations.   
Pg 33
Much public interest in hydraulic fracturing in general and in this assessment in particular is generated by experiences at individual sites. Chapter 1 should acknowledge the importance of these experiences, and the needs associated with public outreach and education related to drinking water quality. The Assessment Report should include (not necessarily with all detail in Chapter 1) explicit summaries of  studies that have been conducted in Dimock, Pennsylvania, Pavillion, Wyoming, and Parker County,  Texas, including the status of those studies and the currently responsible government bodies associated with monitoring of hydraulic fracturing activities in these areas. 
 
Pg 67
However, the SAB finds that the agency should include and fully explain the status, data on potential releases, and findings if available for the EPA and state investigations conducted in Dimock, Pennsylvania, Pavillion, Wyoming, and Parker County, Texas where hydraulic fracturing activities are  perceived by many members of the public to have caused impacts to drinking water resources.  Examination of these high-visibility cases is important so that the public can understand the status of  investigations in these areas, conclusions associated with the investigations, lessons learned for  hydraulic fracturing practice if any, plans for remediation if any, and the degree to which information  from these case studies can be extrapolated to other locations.  
Pg 122
The Synthesis (and the draft Assessment Report, more generally) fails to bring forward important  findings on the relationships between the HFWC and contamination of private drinking water wells,  including those in Dimock, Pennsylvania, Pavillion, Wyoming, and Parker County, Texas. Although the  role of hydraulic fracturing-related activities in water-well contamination within these localities  continues to be debated, these sites have a high profile and many members of the public view them as  being of high potential relevance to hydraulic fracturing-related impacts to drinking water resources. 


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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Urgent Call For Witnesses: Tomorrow Friday, Davenport, Delaware Co. 7am

URGENT ALERT--

Tomorrow, Constitution Pipeline crews will be at 2409 Coe Hill Rd. Davenport, NY 13820 to remove trees and to build a bridge.

Call for photographers, videographers, witnesses, and (if you feel so moved and have attended nonviolence training) disruptors.

To my knowledge
a) DEC HAS NOT ISSUED FINAL 401 PERMITS

b) FERC HAS NOT ISSUED A NOTICE TO PROCEED FOR THIS ACTIVITY.  (I'm on the mailing list and  nothing came through today. I also just checked the docket and there is nothing there).

This is potential illegal activity.

Bring:
1) Warm clothes
2) Snacks and water
3) Still camera, videocamera, smartphone
4) Renewable energy signs

Google Maps: Click "Get Directions"
https://goo.gl/maps/C1oCfeTLvKK2




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)