BXE Rally in DC: November 1 - 7

Beyond Extreme Energy: People Taking Action to Retire Fossil Fuels, Nov. 1 – 7 in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues permits for pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals. That means more deep shale extraction activities in our communities, which means more contaminated well water, more tainted streams, more sickening air emissions, more plummeting property values, more low-level radioactive waste in landfills…

Even as communities across the nation have risen up to fight pipelines, gas storage under lakes, compressor stations and fracked-gas export plants in our backyards, FERC has remained unmoved, unresponsive and unaccountable. FERC has answered only to the fossil fuel industry, rubber-stamping almost every project.

In the face of increasing threats to our health, communities, democracy, property values, environment and climate, people from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. next week to stop FERC’s business-as-usual and to deliver a list of demands.

Nov. 1 – 7: Beyond Extreme Energy: People Taking Action to Retire Fossil Fuels

Join the Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) action — sign up here. Click here for details on each day’s actions, as well as information on trainings, lodging, food and more. If you need a ride or can share a ride, check out this rideboard. (Signing into ridebuzz is quick and painless.) If you are coming to the action, get your story told (meme it!) with this BXE story submission form.

Even if you can’t come out, please support BXE on social media with the hashtags: #FERCdoesntwork, #Fracking. Also, please consider making a donation for this week of action. And, spread the word.

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Human Blockades Protest Marcellus Gas Storage & Pipeline

by Duane Nichols on October 30, 2014

Protest of Plans for Unsafe Storage of Natural Gas under Seneca Lake

Some 10 Arrested as Human Blockade Continues Protesting Methane Gas Storage Facility on Seneca Lake in NY State

From an Article by Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch.com, October 29, 2014

UPDATE: Ten people were arrested on October 29th blockading the two gates at Crestwood, on Seneca Lake. Seven were arrested at the north gate, blockading a truck, and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. Three were arrested at the south gate and charged with trespassing. All have been released and have a November 5th court date.

After blockading the gates of Texas-based Crestwood methane gas storage facility on the shore of New York’s Seneca Lake for two days last week, including a rally with more than 200 people, the human blockade continues.

For the second morning in a row this week, the “We Are Seneca Lake” protesters are blocking the Crestwood gate with protesters expanding the blockade to include a second driveway. With last Friday marking the day that the construction project on this huge gas storage facility was authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin, community members, after pursuing every other avenue to stop this project, are participating in ongoing nonviolent civil disobedience as a last resort.

“We are not going away,” said renowned biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, PhD. “The campaign against dangerous gas storage in abandoned salt caverns near our beloved lake will continue with political pressure on our elected officials—who should be protecting our drinking water, our health and our wine, and tourism-based economy—and nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.”

These community protestors are not the only ones against this project. Last week, the Tompkins County legislature approved a resolution that opposes gas storage on the lakeshore, while the Yates County legislature passed a similar resolution the prior week. These counties now join the Board of Supervisors of both Ontario and Seneca counties, which previously passed motions opposing gas storage, along with the Geneva City Council and the Watkins Glen Village Board that oppose this project.

“As a registered nurse, I know that we need clean drinking water, and it’s important to protect people from all of the insidious byproducts of petrochemical companies,” said Coby Schultz a resident of Springwater in Livingston County. “This area is too precious and water is too valuable of resource to exploit so recklessly.”

On Monday, Steingraber joined Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture sharing her reasons why this project must be stopped. Watch here:

Barbara Schiessher of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association agrees with Steingraber: “The expansion of the Crestwood facility will affect everyone who lives, works or plays on the lake, or consumes agricultural products from the region, including its award winning wines. It will affect the 100,000 residents who get drinking water from the Lake. It increases the likelihood of contamination of our air, soil and water, plus the always present risk of gas leakage, unpredictable explosions and sink holes such as have occurred in a number of salt cavern storage facilities of natural gas and LPG.”

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Some 64 Arrested at Vermont Governor’s Office Demanding End to Gas Pipeline

Source: Rising Tide Vermont, Will Bennington, October 28, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Sixty-four people were arrested last night, after occupying Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office for over six hours, demanding a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure and that the governor stop supporting a fracked gas pipeline in the western part of the state.

Half the group occupied the governor’s office, while the other half stayed in the main lobby of the building. 500 people attended a rally outside of the building, supporting the sit-in.

“We are fed up with a broken, unaccountable, and biased process that is ignoring the clear and present danger of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure so that Gaz Metro and International Paper can increase their profit margins,” said Jane Palmer, a landowner in Monkton along the Phase 1 pipeline route. “The Shumlin administration is ignoring the thousands of Vermonters, including impacted landowners and over 500 ratepayers, who know we can’t afford this project.”

Demonstrators from across the state are concerned that the Shumlin administration, including the Public Service Department, are promoting dirty fracked gas as a climate solution, despite the well known climate impacts of extracting and burning fracked gas.

Dr. Maeve McBride, coordinator of 350 Vermont, said, “Today, hundreds of grassroots Vermonters are sitting in to call for a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure, including Vermont Gas/Gaz-Metro’s proposed fracked gas pipeline, and to demand energy and climate solutions that are transparent, accountable to our communities and put people and the planet first. As the Governor said himself, these solutions need to come from the grassroots, not from the top down.” McBride was among those arrested.

Supporting arguments made before the Public Service Board over the past two years, the demonstration focused on how, despite industry rhetoric, fracked gas may actually be worse for the climate than other fossil fuels.

“The science is clear – whether the goal is avoiding CO2 emissions or sparking a transition to an emissions-free energy system, the fracked gas boom and this pipeline are no substitute for ambitious energy and climate policies, weatherization, efficiency and decreased consumption,” said Dr. Rachel Smolker, a Hinesburg resident. “Once the gas bubble pops, ratepayers are going to be stuck with higher bills, paying the cost of this pipeline for years to come and still struggling to heat their homes.”

After police issued a final dispersal order, sixty-four people stayed in the building. All were removed from the building by Vermont State Police, and cited with criminal trespassing.

The coalition planning the event is also calling for a blockade at the Vermont Gas Pipeyard in Williston, Vt., this coming Saturday at 9 am.

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Major Gas Leak from Sheared Well Head near Steubenville, Ohio

October 29, 2014

Mandatory evacuations for gas well leak has been lifted – WTOV9 Steubenville Updated: Wednesday, October 29 2014, 07:26 AM JEFFERSON COUNTY, OH — The mandatory evacuation in Jefferson County is over at this time. Residents that were forced to leave their home overnight Wednesday due to gas leak along township road 187 can return home. [...]

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UPDATE: WV Surface Owner’s Rights Organization

October 28, 2014

>>> Update from WV-SORO by Julie Archer, Director <<< WVU Extension Service:  Oil & Gas Educational Programs — This Week & Next <<< Understanding Renegotiation and Renewal of Natural Gas Leases >>> Tuesday, October 28 – 6 p.m. at the WVU Upshur County Extension Office, Buckhannon, WV Wednesday, October 29 – 6:00 p.m. at the [...]

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Four Interstate Pipelines Proposed for Gas from WV & OH Area

October 27, 2014

Billion-Dollar Projects To ‘Become the Norm’  — Local Gas Will Be Transported By Four Interstate Pipelines From an Article by Casey Junkins, Wheeling Intelligencer, October 26, 2014 Moundsville, WV — As natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale region increases, the next issue is getting the gas to market. That’s where the pipelines come in. [...]

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Fracking Chemicals Pass Thru Loopholes in Federal Regulations

October 26, 2014

Fracking companies use loopholes to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals From an Article by Laura Arenschield, Columbus Dispatch, October 23, 2014 Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel fuel contains chemicals that can cause cancer [...]

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Sunday School 109 — Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

October 25, 2014

Spiritual Ecology — A Spiritual Response to our Present Ecological Crisis A Collection of Essays, Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, GSC Publication, 2013 The Zen Master — Thich Nhat Hanh — was asked what we need to do to save our world. “What we most need to do,” he replied, “is to hear within us the [...]

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State of West Virginia Continues Irresponsible Drilling Plans

October 24, 2014

‘Near-catastrophic’ blowout leaves chem firm wary From an Article by Ken Ward, Charleston Gazette, October 22, 2014 As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a “near-catastrophic” gas-well [...]

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An “Econosphere” is Gradually Dominating Our Essential Biosphere

October 23, 2014

HELP! — Our Biosphere is being replaced by an Econosphere Commentary by S. Tom Bond, Retired Chemistry Professor and Resident Farmer, Lewis County, WV When I was about 16 and began to drive, I noticed the yellow spots on the map, and how much space they occupied. These were cities, of course, too densely developed [...]

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WV Eastern Panhandle Officials Move to Block Marcellus Wastes

October 22, 2014

WV Senate Rules Committee Moves to Ban Marcellus Waste from Eastern Panhandle From an  Article by the Editor, MorganCountyUSA.org, October 21, 2014 The West Virginia Legislative Rule Making Committee yesterday moved to close a loophole in state law that would have allowed radioactive Marcellus shale waste into the LCS Services Landfill in Hedgesville, West Virginia. [...]

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