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FERC Commissioner Finds Irony in Protest

The Grim Reaper points out the dangers posed by the Cove Point terminal outside Bank of America on Pennsylvania Ave.
The Grim Reaper points out the dangers posed by the Cove Point terminal outside Bank of America on Pennsylvania Ave.

By Anne Meador and John Zangas

An official at a government agency responsible for permitting gas infrastructure took a potshot at protesters who were disrupting a public meeting on January 21. As Commissioner Tony Clark announced that he was leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when his term expires, he sniped at what he seemed to think was the demonstrators’ ingratitude for a primary service FERC performs: greasing the wheels for gas companies to build pipelines, storage facilities and compressor stations to fuel the electrical grid.

“I find it rather ironic,” he said, “that just 24 hours before a very major winter storm on the East Coast, we have people protesting the very infrastructure that will keep them alive over the next 72 hours.” Continue reading FERC Commissioner Finds Irony in Protest

Hunger Strikers Lay It All on the Line to Stop Gas Pipeline Permits

By Anne Meador and John Zangas

21145973918_4a222b51bd_zVibrations from the fiddler’s bow ricochet off the hot concrete canyon walls of First Street near Union Station. About a dozen people lounge on sleeping bags and lawn chairs on the sidewalk under a blue awning, sipping salt water. They toss a few bucks into a pot for a wager on who has lost the most weight since their public fast began five days ago. Fifteen pounds dropped since Labor Day wins the prize.

It’s come to this. Eighteen days of virtual starvation to draw a line under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s intransigence, its refusal to do much of anything to address controversy, protest, and mass mobilization against the stream of permits it issues to greenlight gas. In other words, rubberstamp approval for the infrastructure projects it takes to transport fracked gas from the shale fields.

The hunger strikers, organized under the name Beyond Extreme Energy, have already attended public hearings; made comments on the FERC dockets; organized petitions; disrupted Commission meetings; protested outside of FERC headquarters for two full weeks with banners, props and art displays; and blockaded its doors, resulting in more than 100 arrests. Continue reading Hunger Strikers Lay It All on the Line to Stop Gas Pipeline Permits

Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP
Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP

By Friends of Nelson

A group of residents from Nelson County traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in a nonviolent action at FERC headquarters that was organized by the group Beyond Extreme Energy.  They joined citizens from all over the country who have been the victims of communicide at the hands of the fossil fuel industry and FERC.

FERC has the power to give away to Dominion our property rights, health, and safety, just as they have done to many around the country through their rubber stamping of infrastructure projects and failure to adequately assess public benefits and alternatives. In Nelson County and beyond, our direct experience of this treatment includes FERC’s unwillingness to hear from the majority of residents who wanted to speak at public meetings (which were stacked to hear pro-pipeline puppets), and their refusal, despite public and federal officials’ outcry, to grant additional meetings.  Furthermore, last Thursday, FERC released the transcript of Nelson County’s March 18th scoping period meeting, and it is so full of errors that it is incomprehensible. They also allowed Dominion to “respond” to scoping comments within two weeks—a deadline that obviously renders Dominion’s review nearly meaningless.  FERC’s negligence shows their regard for our property, health, and safety. Continue reading Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

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”

Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

17976977112_d9d18278af_zOn day two of a series of protests called “FERCus,” activists played a cat-and-mouse game with police, starting out early in the morning at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, proceeding to the U.S. Department of the Interior and then returning to FERC by midday.

They began with an early morning sit-in at FERC as employees arrived at work. Later, they ducked into the Metro, confounding police who were closely following their movements.

They showed up an hour later at the Department of the Interior to protest Arctic drilling. (The Obama administration recently conditionally approved Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Chukchi Sea off of Alaska’s North Slope.) Activists were ejected by security after occupying the lobby for several minutes. Continue reading Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling

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

9 Days of Protest to Expose FERC

Members of Beyond Extreme Energy pose with signs and banners/Photo by John Zangas
Members of Beyond Extreme Energy pose with signs and banners/Photo by John Zangas

Protest organizers say fracking wouldn’t happen without FERC

By Anne Meador and John Zangas

Several days of protests are about to kick off in Washington, DC in response to the increasing toll which hydraulic fracking is taking on communities in the United States and the global climate. A coalition group called Beyond Extreme Energy has planned direct actions on the doorstep of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which approves construction of interstate gas pipelines, compressor stations, gas storage facilities and other infrastructure around the country. Continue reading 9 Days of Protest to Expose FERC