For decades, New York Harbor was a dumping ground for industrial, medical and household waste leading the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to determine it was some of the most contaminated waters in North America. Then, in the 70s, the Clean Water Act was passed and slowly but surely the harbor is coming back to life.
After sending an e-blast in July to customers urging them to lobby elected officials in support of the Williams fracked gas pipeline, and after bullying business owners and developers into supporting the pipeline by withholding new gas hookups, National Grid is now trying a new tactic…
New Yorkers temporarily* stop Williams fracked gas pipeline in New York Harbor.
* Governor Cuomo left the door open for Williams to reapply, and NOW is the time to turn up the heat -- on renewable heat! Details and next steps below!
The New York State DEC conditionally rejects toxic and unnecessary pipeline in the face of threatened moratoriums, New Yorkers vow this pipeline will never be built
In the heat of a nearly three-year fight against the Williams fracked gas pipeline, the New York Department of Conservation issued a rejection of the permit to the dangerous and unnecessary pipeline. The rejection “without prejudice” allows Williams to resubmit its application with additional mitigation measures. The pipeline is slated to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania through New York Harbor and out to the Rockaways. Activists will address the decision at a rally on the steps of City Hall tomorrow at noon.
Our Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, issued the following statement:
“New Yorkers are winning the fight against the Williams fracked gas pipeline, and we’ll make sure this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline is never built. While Cuomo refuses to stand up for our health and safety, utilities and gas companies are holding our energy needs hostage, manufacturing false demand and threatening moratoriums if we don’t let them poison our communities. New York is at a crossroads, and this is the time to meet National Grid’s moratorium threat with funding the renewable heating and cooling industry. This outcome is even more reason why we need a state-wide ban on all new fossil fuel projects. There’s no room for fracked gas in a Green New Deal for New York.”
Now is the time to turn up the heat on renewable heat!Annnd ACTIONS:
1. Join us Thursday at noon on the steps of NYC City Hall to join together, celebrate, rally the Williams Pipeline decision and
2. Join us Thursday at 5:30pm outside Cuomo's event to turn up the heat on renewable heat!
The clock is ticking, and we have three days to Stop The Williams fracked gas pipeline.
On September 7, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo cruised over the Hudson River -- in a garishly gas inefficient 1932 Packard convertible once owned by Franklin Roosevelt -- to ceremoniously open the Mario Cuomo Bridge six days before the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, at Cuomo’s NYC office, a growing number of police officers with zip tie handcuffs around their waists surrounded a group of New Yorkers who had shut down Third Avenue to call out his inaction on the climate crisis..
Weeks after Cuomo’s former top-aide and childhood friend was found guilty on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and fraud for construction Competitive Power Venture’s 680MW fracked gas power plant on the Millennium Pipeline in Orange Co, NY, Cuomo tells New York residents “I don't know the specifics of this specific plant,” ignoring the years of protest and thousands of letters, public hearing statements, calls and more from residents across New York State.
On Monday, Sane Energy joined our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy in Washington D.C. for the Crack FERC Open action where two bamboo 15 foot tall “fracked gas drilling rigs” with protesters locked inside were set up to blockade the entrance in front of the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) building to prevent business as usual to operate.
Right now, community solar projects throughout New York are being hurt by the State's complicated pricing scheme called VDER, shutting everyday New Yorkers out of the market. If we don’t act quickly, New York could lose billions of dollars worth of solar project investment and jobs in the solar energy sector.
Senator Joseph Griffo has introduced a bill that will put a stop to this and help get solar power projects back on track, and we need him to make sure that bill moves forward…
On Monday May 14, Governor Andrew Cuomo was the keynote speaker at the New York League of Conservation Voters’ (NYLCV) 2018 Gala. As reported on by LittleSis, employees of Millennium, a company building a fracked gas pipeline in New York, are on the NYLCV board, and the organization has received substantial funding from other fossil fuel companies like Williams, which is also proposing to build a fracked gas pipeline through NY Harbor.
That’s it, we’re storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We’re not going to bus up just to go “rah-rah-rah” on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into a transition fund.