Petitions to the New York Governor may have helped him send this message to FERC
about Spectra’s AIM pipeline project that would go far too close to the document-forging caught-fire leaked-oil-into-the-Hudson River Indian Point nuclear plant:
Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, 28 Feb 2016,
Plan to Expand a Pipeline at Indian Point Raises Concern,
On Monday, the state plans to notify the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission that it will take a hard look at the project in light of
a series of problems at the nuclear plant since last May. In
addition, the state will ask federal regulators to suspend their
approval of the project — effectively halting construction
— until the study is completed.
“I am directing Continue reading NY Gov. asks FERC to suspend license for a Spectra pipeline →
Rally against pipeline and compressor station September 28th, Monday
430pm at Albany Civic Center, sign up to speak at FERC hearing at
530pm, speak at FERC hearing starting at 6pm.
Please remember that scientific studies show that within one mile of a
gas compressor station in New York, which is 1/4 the size of the one
planned for Albany (meaning it will impact people within a 4 miles
radius) , the following impacts on health were recorded:
asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, and rashes
elevated levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen
- increased mortality rate of persons over 65
double the risk of autism in expectant mothers in the third trimester
Some people think Continue reading Oppose Sabal Trail at FERC Albany, GA 2015-09-28 →
County attorneys are paid to be cautious.
County and city Commissioners are elected to represent the people.
Which will Albany and Dougherty County listen to about unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous pipelines like Sabal Trail?
Albany Herald, 4 August 2014,
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 101: Albany’s municipal government based on charter, codes,
Dougherty County officials, who represent residents outside the city
limits, say municipalities like Albany have more governmental
flexibility in that they are not completely bound by state mandates.
But Albany’s city attorney says that is not exactly accurate.
“The state has the authority to preempt any local laws other
than zoning,” Nathan Davis says. “If state law ‘moves
into an area’ — such as the fireworks law that went into
effect in July — municipalities must have a local ordinance
that matches the state law.
“There has been in our community a call by some to create an
ordinance that would impact the ultimate decision of whether that
(Sabal Trail Transmission) pipeline is allowed Continue reading Albany, GA attorney missing the point about ordinance against pipelines →
The woman who stood up for Love Canal residents and caused the federal
government to create Superfunds now calls for a nationwide fracking ban.
And with no fracking, there will be no new pipelines!
Buffalo News, 13 July 2015,
Another Voice: Federal fracking ban should follow New York’s lead,
By Lois Marie Gibbs
On June 29, New York took the final step in the process to ban
fracking, following the announcement of the ban last December based
on significant public health risks. In many ways, the ban stems from
the large movement of activists and scientists who raised their
voices and showed clearly that fracking has unacceptable dangers.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deserves tremendous praise for standing up to
the oil and gas industry and protecting the public health and safety
of all New Yorkers.
Unfortunately, the federal government’s plans for fracking contrast
poorly Continue reading Follow New York State and ban fracking nationwide –Lois Gibbs →
Local ordinances lead to state laws banning fracking and pipelines.
And don’t forget Sabal Trail has to get permits from the Georgia
Department of Transportation for road crossings and an air quality permit
from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Albany compressor
station, or no pipeline.
There is plenty local, state, and federal elected officials can do to
stop this invading fracked methane destruction and hazard.
Rev. Ezekiel Holly
called on local officials to act.
Here are some ways how.
How about a county ordinance rooted in
the Comprehensive Plan?
A local ordinance was used by Jefferson County, Florida to keep Nestle out of the same
Local ordinances have been used in Pennsylvania to stop pipelines, and
upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Local ordinances were used across New York State to ban fracking,
upheld by the state Court of Appeals,
until the state government finally took up the cause and
banned fracking statewide.
Now New York state residents are saying Continue reading Fracking and pipeline bans start at the local level →
Gasland posted on facebook
a picture of an ad against fracking, pipelines, and LNG export
in the New York Times 9 July 2015
by Yoko Ono, Gasland, Food and Water Watch, and many other groups.
sign onto that letter here.
Everything it says applies as much to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
and the Williams-Spectra-FPL Transco-Sabal Trail-FSC fracked methane pipeline chain as it does to New York and Williams’ “Constitution Pipeline”.
Here are a few excerpts:
By now the whole world knows that Fracking is bad for your health!
It is bad for communities and it is bad for the climate. That is why
I am so glad that New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo banned
But now we are facing the gas industry who are still trying to Frack
New York. The fracked gas industry wants to build a pipeline that
would cut across New York state like a scar that never heals. It
goes by the ridiculous and Orwellian name “The Constitution
Pipeline”. How dare they!
We cannot allow another poisonous plan for our beautiful state that
we all love.
We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas
across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets. The
danger to our homes, is also Continue reading Stopping fracking means stopping pipelines: Yoko Ono et al. in the New York Times →
FERC previously denied a Spectra pipeline, and now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) may prevent one.
After three months of asking, John Peconom of FERC divulged how many pipelines FERC had ever denied:
two, of which one was for a pipeline from an LNG site in Providence, Rhode Island,
KeySpan LNG, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC,
denied by FERC 5 July 2005.
According to Spectra Energy:
Continue reading Spectra already lost at FERC once; could also lose at NRC →
This, Sabal Trail, is what a historical precedent looks like.
They protested fracked methane storage, were arrested,
and the charges were just dismissed with prejudice,
which means they case can’t be brought back on those charges.
Everything they said about Seneca Lake
applies equally to the Sabal Trail pipeline,
the Palmetto Pipeline, Elba Island LNG export, and the rest of the
whole cash-out-before-the-carbon-bubble-pops fossil fuel boondoggle.
Sometimes, in good conscience, citizens must engage in non-violent acts
of civil disobedience to protect our sacred trust.
Surveying for the unnecessary, destructive, and hazardous Sabal Trail
fracked methane pipeline is not “imperative”, no matter how many
threatening letters Sabal Trail sends.
These are our sacred trust: Continue reading Justice was served at last for the Seneca Lake protesters →
Lock your gates and call the sheriff and a lawyer if you see any signs
of pipeline trespass, and complain to the state Attorney General,
advises someone dealing with Williams’ Constitution Pipeline,
and since Sabal Trail has already had a criminal trespass trial,
we can’t expect them to be any better.
Just because you’re on holiday the rest of this week,
don’t assume the pipeline company is.
And you’ll probably need an attorney for those
eminent domain lawsuits if Sabal Trail gets a FERC permit,
file your motion to intervene or ecomment today.
Chip Northrup wrote for No Fracking Way,
Pipeline Threatens Then Trespasses, Continue reading Beware pipeline trespassers during holidays →