Sane in the News April-June 2015


An Albany press conference calling on the DEC to create a Health Impacts Study for gas infrastructure feature the YOU ARE HERE map.

Media Coordinator, Patrick Robbins, was featured on Democracy Now (forward to 9 minutes) filmed at the rally to demand a veto from Governor Cuomo for Port Ambrose. Port Ambrose continued to feature in the Long Island press: 

“This is fantastic, especially because part of what caused the delay is the massive public response,” said Clare Donohue, program director for the Sane Energy Project, an environmental group that opposes Port Ambrose. She added that with the timeline suspended indefinitely, the final decision might be pushed back to the height of beach season, creating an opportunity for her organization to further engage the public. –Long Beach Herald

“We live in a beach community and there’s so many hazards that we have to worry about: hurricanes, a possible tsunami. Why add more worry to us?” said Long Beach Fire Chief Richard Corbett. “And if there’s a leak or some sort of accident out there, it could harm the fish. It could destroy our ecosystem.”  – The Indypendent

The Whitney action generated a slew of press, from the New York Times to the art media, with intense public commenting at every turn:

Artist-activist Kim Fraczek reports that the goal of the artful protest was to “engage the public to ask questions about fossil fuels, our future and what roles our institutions should play in leading us to a renewable future rather than succumbing to more fracked gas.” – Popular Resistance

I’m sure that most of the people that will attend the receptions for the opening of the Whitney have no clue that the pipeline is there,” said Clare Donohue, program director at Sane Energy Project. – Arts Beat, The New York Times

At, protesters published a letter questioning the museum’s “fossil fuel infrastructure.” It reads: “How can a museum that literally covers up the dirty fossil fuel industry be a beacon for the future of art and culture?” – Artforum

One of the most impressive features of Tuesday night’s Whitney Museum protest was the coalition of 23 organizations that collaborated on the guerrilla inauguration. – HyperAllergic

In the case of Spectra, the Whitney’s caginess clearly benefits the financial interests of the dominant fossil fuel industry and its allies, at the expense of the museum’s workers, public, and its art collection. –ArtFcity, April 20

The newly erected Whitney Museum for American Art in the Meatpacking District has already come under fire for a perceived ethical issue: being built near a gas line that brings fracked fossil fuels into Manhattan. –Eflux

As far as your assumption that new pipelines are the solution to old pipelines, please understand that this infrastructure leaks from the moment it’s built and gets worse as time goes on.  –

In a real sense, the new building is the least of the Whitney’s concerns. For better or possibly worse — there have already been protests over its proximity to a pipeline carrying fracked fuel. – New York Times

Such assurances did not sit well with the dozen local residents who attended the May 11 Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting. They expressed their solidarity with the effort to bring the museum to a community meeting to address the concerns they share with the Sane Energy Project. –Chelsea Now


The YOU ARE HERE map was Gasland's Map of the Week! The FERC blockades were covered:DC Media


An inquiry from a member about a notice he'd received about a planned gas release to the Upper West Side motivated him to generate this post.