Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CP13-499: Emergency Actions to save 500,000+ NY trees

This message is going to the Service List for Constitution Pipeline.


As you may have seen today, heavily armed Federal Marshals
were in Susquehanna County today to facilitate cutting down
a family's stand of maple trees used for producing maple syrup.

As you can see from the photos and videos, these Federal Agents were armed with assault rifles, despite the fact that all protests on this land for the last 30 days were peaceful and respectful and non-violent.

Last Thursday, the applicant, Williams Partners, and Cabot Oil and Gas motioned to FERC to begin cutting trees in NY despite the fact this pipeline is not fully authorized, as there are still two outstanding permits.


You can see on the docket, this has been opposed by several NGOs and also the NYS Attorney General Eric Shneiderman:


This authorization from FERC could come as early as tomorrow, so the chainsaws could be cutting trees in NY as soon as Thursday.

This 4 year process has involved DOZENS of serious violations of federal laws, by the rogue, lawless, and industry captured FERC:

We are asking you to do a few things.
Please read the note below from Julia Walsh and Craig Stevens, and
  1. FILL OUT THE SIGN-ON FORM: http://bit.ly/1TkNZD6

  2. IF you are a concerned citizen, especially if you are directly impacted landowner, PLEASE CONSIDER coming to Albany tomorrow.

    WHERE: Albany, Legislative Office Building, Press Room
    WHEN: 1pm

  3. KEEP CALLING Governor Cuomo and ask him to DENY the 401 Permit, and also call up the National Guard to Protect NY Forests and Property Rights! 1-518-474-8390

Thanks-- Bill Huston

From Julia Walsh: 

Friends -

If you haven't heard the news, today the Constitution Pipeline Company is proceeding with​ cutting trees at the Holleran​ family​'s m​aple ​grove in Pennsylvania. FERC gave the company permission to cut trees along the 25-mile portion of the proposed route in PA despite the fact that NY has not and may never grant permits for the pipeline.

Last week, the Constitution Pipeline Company made a second attempt to get FERC to allow them to cut over 700,000 trees along ​the remaining ​100 miles of the proposed route in ​​NY​. The​ company​ asked FERC to approve their request by tomorrow Wednesday, March 2nd. Thankfully, yesterday, NY Attorney General Schneiderman weighed in again and demanded that FERC not allow tree cutting in NY while the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation continues its review of the 401 Water Quality Certificate.

​ In light of these recent events,​ ​a ​group of folks living along the pipeline route crafted this letter to Gov Cuomo and ​the ​DEC asking​,​ once again​,​ that NYS reject the 401 Water Quality Certificate immediately.

Please sign your group onto this letter today. We will accept sign-ons until 10am tomorrow ​(Wednesday) ​morning. Here is the sign-on form: http://bit.ly/1TkNZD6

Tomorrow at 1pm we will hold an emergency press conference at the press room in the Legislative Office Building in the State Capitol to release the letter with landowners from ​along the pipeline route in PA and NY​, ​including member​s​ of the Holleran family.

(Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701247720147567/ )

We will also be launching a social media campaign​,​ #StopFERC​,​ to raise public awareness about FERC's reckless actions, which protect Big Gas and Oil while sacrificing the health, safety and property of the American people.​ Through this campaign and at the press conference, residents of NY and PA will stand in solidarity, demand that FERC NOT allow tree cutting in NY, and call on Governor Cuomo and the NYSDEC to immediately deny the 401 Water Quality Certificate for the Constitution Pipeline.

Together we will can STOP THE PIPELINE!

Julia Walsh & Craig Stevens

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

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