Our deep appreciation goes to Owen Crowley, who single-handedly filmed, edited (incorporating the speakers’ slides), and posted video of UFA’s Tankers & Turbines event that was held two weeks ago. If you missed the event at Rutgers Church, you can view the various parts of the evening by clicking on the photos below. Please watch, share, and spread the word that we must get Governors Christie and Cuomo to veto Liberty Natural Gas’ deepwater port application.
1. Sean Dixon from Clean Ocean Action (see their Port Ambrose fact-sheet here) spoke to the audience about Liberty Natural Gas’ proposed port, how it would bring in tankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall, carrying explosive cargo among the shipping lanes of one of the busiest ports in the country. Read more of this post.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is the biggest trade deal in U.S. history, and the most secretive one as well. The anti-fracking community has been hearing about it for some time, because if what has been leaked is true, the TPP is an enormous threat to our efforts to stop the destruction being caused by oil and gas unconventional drilling. Read more…
I write with some embarrassment. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the horrors of fracking. After all, I’d been at the NY City Council meeting (along with Josh Fox) where the truth of what was facing us first came to light (Christine Quinn was against it then).I saw the rushes from Gasland on wrinkled bed sheets in loft spaces when we were all scrambling to get it together. I saw – and was blown away – by Gasland 2. I’ve been to countless rallies and meetings. I know about radon, failing well casings, SGEIS statements, methane flaring, silica dust, brine on roads, and polluted aquifer. So when I signed up to go on a “tour” of fracking sites in PA on July 27th, I almost felt foolish.
I knew nothing. Continue reading…
Minisink, NY is a beautiful community an hour and a half from NYC. Unfortunately it is directly in the path of the gas industry’s fracked gas infrastructure designs. They have sited a giant compressor station just a mile away from people’s homes. It isn’t fully running yet, but test emissions that the industry conducted already have caused horrible symptoms to many in the community. Ironically, many of the towns residents are responders who worked during 9/11 who have respiratory conditions and moved to Minisink for the healthy air and environment. The town is fighting with everything they’ve got to stop the compressor station but they need your help. Continued….
Stop the LNG Liberty Port Ambrose Project
A deep water port to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), the “Liberty Port Ambrose” project, has been proposed for the waters offshore from Jones Beach.
Here are two things you can do to help us stop it:
1) Call Governor Cuomo and NJ Governor Christie!
Ask them to veto Port Ambrose!
Call Cuomo (518) 474-8390 Call Christie (609) 292-6000
Each governor has the authority to veto this project, and Governor Christie has already vetoed a very similar project when it was proposed once before in waters closer to New Jersey. Tell the governors why you don’t want a LNG port!
2) Submit comments on this project by August 22, 2013. Please note that the deadline for public comments have been extended for 30 days. Your voices do make a difference!
Enter the docket number USCG-2013-0363-0006 and submit comments online by clicking here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=USCG-2013-0363-0006. If you have problem submitting comments online, please mail in your comments to:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590
Refer to docket number USCG-2013-0363-0006.
To learn more about this project and LNG, and to find resources for talking points, you can go to the following links:
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy Website http://www.catskillcitizens.org/
Clean Ocean Action Website http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=636
United for Action was blown away when we attended the NYC World Savvy Media and Arts Festival on May 16th at the Poet’s Den Gallery in East Harlem. The theme was “Sustainable Communities” and the students’ ages ranged from 6th through 12th grades. Various media were presented, from photography to dance, art, poetry and video. Some of the fracking art was made into postcards for people to sign and send to Governor Cuomo with a personal message. Feast your eyes on a sampling of their creations!
On Monday evening, the New York League of Conservation Voters held its spring gala at Chelsea Piers. The organization describes itself as “the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. We’re non-partisan, pragmatic and effective.” What the League doesn’t brag about is its all-out embrace of shale gas, a fossil fuel which poisons air and water and displaces truly green, renewable energy. The honoree was Mayor Bloomberg, who also thinks shale gas is pretty swell and has arranged for it to be pumped throughout the five boroughs. The corporate frackers and their infrastructure cousins were all too happy to show appreciation and NYLCV provided them with the perfect venue. Among the list were Chesapeake Energy, Spectra, Williams, Con Ed, National Grid and a bevy of others. Continue reading….
United for Action, W. Village Residents, and Allies File Notice of Appeal in Spectra/HRPT Lawsuit
West Village residents, United for Action, Village Independent Democrats, Sane Energy Project, New York City Friends of Clearwater, NYH2O, and Food and Water Watch have filed a Notice of Appeal in their challenge under New York State law to the Spectra Pipeline. We all object to this high-volume, high-pressure gas pipeline being forced upon New York City, in a manner that is contrary to State law, and without assessment of the security and environmental risks.
What is Fracking?
Hydraulic Fracturing or “Hydrofracking” is a toxic and hazardous process of natural gas extraction which has caused irreparable damage to the environment. It has caused sickness and death in humans and animals, and made farms, homes and large tracts of land uninhabitable. Read more…
More Information on Fracking in our RESOURCE SECTION
The Numbers around Fracking don’t add up:
Watch these hard-hitting presentations from our 2012 “Frackonomics” event on the microeconomics, macroeconomics and external costs of fracking:
- Frackonomics Pt 1 – Deborah Rogers
- Frackonomics Pt 2 – Jannette Barth
- Frackonomics Pt 3 – Al Appleton
- Frackonomics Pt 4 – Q and A
More than just the numbers, the human angle also evaluated:
A study presentation by Dr. Simona Perry who did case studies in affected areas that show industrial strength drilling rips communities apart. Essential viewing.
There are better alternatives:
These speakers at a Renew New York event talk about alternative heating technologies such as solar and biodiesel.
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 1, Miner Introduction
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 2, Duckworth Presentation
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 3, Kamen Presentation