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Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

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Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Five people were arrested today at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC protesting the agency’s blanket approval of gas infrastructure projects. Nearly a hundred people blockaded the agency and for two hours held a meditation and silent vigil, hindering staff from entering the building most of the morning.

The Department of Homeland Security deployed over 30 officers, who seemed somewhat reluctant to make arrests. They issued several warnings to disperse before arresting five protesters who refused to comply. Continue reading Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

Week of Protests Gets Under Way at FERC

Photo by John Zangas
Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

About 30 activists from as far away as New Mexico rallied today in the first of a series of protests at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC, they say, harms thousands of people through the pipelines and gas infrastructure projects it approves.

Carrying signs and banners, they picketed FERC headquarters. Dozens of heavily armed Federal Protective Service officers erected barricades and were stationed at the doors and a carport entryway. Continue reading Week of Protests Gets Under Way at FERC

Dozens Denied Access to FERC Public Meeting

People from eight different communities affected by gas infrastructure traveled to Washington, DC to attend the FERC meeting.
People from eight different communities affected by gas infrastructure traveled to Washington, DC to attend the FERC meeting./Photo by John Zangas
Agency refuses to acknowledge widespread outrage at role in burgeoning gas infrastructure

By Anne Meador and John Zangas, Cetology

On May 14, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its monthly open meeting took up the issue of the electrical grid’s vulnerability to geomagnetic disturbances. But the government agency’s own vulnerability to public disturbance was front and center.

Federal Protective Services took extraordinary measures to prevent disruption of the Commission meeting by planned protests, barring access to about 30 members of the public. FPS also banned the use of recording devices, brushing aside FERC’s own rule expressly permitting it. Two people were escorted out of the meeting room, three arrested and two more detained.

See below for video of FERC meeting plus interviews with protesters

Continue reading Dozens Denied Access to FERC Public Meeting

Fearing More Protests, FERC Makes “Sit Down and Shut Up” Rule

By Darius Dixon, Politico

SO, THERE IS A RULE FOR ‘SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET’: FERC leaders have apparently had more than enough of the anti-fracking protests that have disrupted their meetings — and in very FERC-ian fashion, they’ve approved a new rule on it.

Order No. 806 clarifies that for the public, the right to observe meetings “does not include disruptive behavior.” The rule notes that “unscheduled statements” are forbidden ex parte communications and “will not be included in the record or considered by the Commission.” Continue reading Fearing More Protests, FERC Makes “Sit Down and Shut Up” Rule

It’s Time to Ratchet Up the Pressure on FERC

More than 2,000 climate justice activists assembled for a rally and march—in Washington, DC  on July 13, 2014—to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to the expansion of a natural gas transfer and storage facility at Cove Point on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo credit: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr

By Ted Glick, EcoWatch

For the third time in less than two years, I met yesterday with the chair of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. I was not alone. With me from the “good guys” side were Tracey Eno, leader of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community in Cove Point, Maryland; Jocelyn D’Ambrosio of Earthjustice and; via phone because her plane arrived late due to weather, Sandra Steingraber from We Are Seneca Lake. Continue reading It’s Time to Ratchet Up the Pressure on FERC

Beyond Extreme Energy: Staying in FERC’s Face

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

We are Beyond Extreme Energy, a growing coalition of communities and individuals on the front lines—and taking casualties—in the extreme energy economy. We are the ones demanding to be heard, closing down First Street and getting in the way of FERC’s rubber-stamping of fracked-gas projects all over the country.

We have been noticed, but rattling and annoying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not our objective. Rather, the permits must stop. The climate-disrupting, community-trampling, enrich-the-few-at-the-expense-of-the-rest system must change. Continue reading Beyond Extreme Energy: Staying in FERC’s Face

Cove Point Protectors Interrupt Monthly FERC Meeting

By Jimmy Betts, We Are Cove Point

Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) coalition, which is challenging FERC’s approval of Dominion Resources LNG export terminal project at Cove Point, MD, peacefully protested at the first of four technical conferences focused on EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  BXE’s activists are concerned about the inherent environmental and climate disruptions not being addressed by FERC and the health and safety of communities impacted by FERC’s industry-appeasing permitting process of fracked gas infrastructure. Continue reading Cove Point Protectors Interrupt Monthly FERC Meeting