HUNGER STRIKE | CLIMATE STRIKE
STOP THE WILLIAMS PIPELINE, CUOMO
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Thursday, May 16, 2019 New Yorkers will begin a 3-day Climate Hunger Strike in front of Governor Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office on Tuesday morning ahead of New York State’s May 16 permitting deadline for the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline proposed for New York Harbor.
Contacts: Lee Ziesche, Lee@SaneEnergyProject.org, 954-415-6228
MEDIA ADVISORY: Climate Hunger Strike to Stop the Williams NESE Fracked Gas Pipeline
May 14-May 16, 8am-7pm - Midtown Manhattan
New Yorkers will begin a 3-day Climate Hunger Strike in front of Governor Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office on Tuesday morning ahead of New York State’s May 16 permitting deadline for the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline proposed for New York Harbor.
The women ranging from ages 21 to 75, will sit outside the office on a water-only hunger strike from 8am-7pm each day until a decision is made on the pipeline.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 -Thursday, May 16 (8am -7pm)
WHERE: Outside Governor Cuomo’s office, 633 3rd Avenue, New York, NY
WHO: 3-day Hunger Strike: JK Canepa, Kim Fraczek, Lily Walsingham-Johnson, and Lee Ziesche 1-day Hunger Strike: Joan Flynn and Monica Hunken
See portraits and statements below
WHY: New York State must make a decision to deny or approve a permit for the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline by May 16. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved permits for the pipeline on May 3, and declined to take greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts into account. New York State can now only deny the pipeline with the 401 Water Quality Certificate as granted by the Federal Clean Water Act.
Since FERC will not take climate impacts into account, despite dissent by one of its commissioners, and New York State is limited to only one water permit to approve or deny interstate fracked gas pipelines, the women say they are participating in the hunger strike to show New Yorkers reject the project because of its climate ramifications. They also want Governor Cuomo to know that the people are closely watching his decision and urge him not to wait until the last minute.
Three final days remain for New York to decide and their concern is that two other pipelines in New York State, the Northern Access Pipeline in Western New York, and the Valley Lateral Pipeline in Orange Co., were both overturned by federal court because the Cuomo administration did not declare water permit denials in a timely manner. At a time when the federal government is trying to fast-track pipelines and strip states of their rights to deny projects, they’re urging Cuomo to respond quickly and boldly.
The hunger-strikers say that the Williams NESE pipeline will impact New York waters, and our health, safety, democracy, and climate. Despite banning fracking in 2014, Governor Cuomo has approved fracked gas infrastructure projects across the state. Independent researchers are finding large leakage rates of methane from both fracking and fracking infrastructure, putting Cuomo’s approval of pipelines and power plants at odds with the State’s climate goals.
This will be the first major fracked gas infrastructure project Cuomo's administration will rule on after his announcement of a "Green New Deal" for New York.
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