Tag Archives: New York

Charges Won’t Be Dropped for 84 Crestwood Protesters

Protesters in front of the Crestwood gas storage facility/Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake
Protesters in front of the Crestwood gas storage facility/Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake
Schuyler DA Joseph Fazzary said to rescind his support for dismissal of trespassing charges

By Ray Finger, Star Gazette

The Schuyler County district attorney has decided not to dismiss trespass charges against 84 protestors arrested at the gates of Crestwood Midstream Partners, We Are Seneca Lake said Thursday.

Those protesters were part of a civil disobedience campaign organized by We Are Seneca Lake in opposition to plans by Crestwood to expand natural gas storage and add liquefied petroleum gas storage on the lake’s western shore. Continue reading Charges Won’t Be Dropped for 84 Crestwood Protesters

Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

Resident says family suffering maladies
Milennium's gas compressor station in  Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record
Millennium’s gas compressor station in Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record

By Jessica Cohen, Times Herald-Record

TOWN OF MINISINK – Public health toxicologist David Brown does not call his work with people living around gas compressor stations “research.”

“When people are sick, you don’t do a study. You find out what they’re sick from,” he said.

Brown is a founder of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a nonprofit group begun in 2011, initially devoted to providing public health information and services related to natural gas extraction in Washington County. Continue reading Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

Biologist Tells Head of FERC: Your Agency’s Approach Is “Dysfunctional and Downright Treacherous”

Since the We Are Seneca Lake campaign began on Oct. 23, 2104, there have been 216 arrests. The campaign is working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding Finger Lakes region from the gas storage expansion project by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive gas tanks for highly-pressurized products from fracking: methane, propane and butane. Photo credit: We Are Seneca Lake

By Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

Author’s note: On Wednesday, I was part of a citizen delegation that met with the chief commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC), Cheryl LeFleur, and eight of her staff. Led by Ted Glick of Beyond Extreme Energy, who had requested the meeting, our group included Tracey Eno from We Are Cove Point and Jocelyn D’Ambrosio of Earthjustice. I represented We Are Seneca Lake. Sadly, my flight from upstate New York was delayed for hours by bad weather. Hence, I ended up delivering my remarks to Commissioner LeFleur by speakerphone, while standing just outside the baggage claim area of Dulles International Airport. Continue reading Biologist Tells Head of FERC: Your Agency’s Approach Is “Dysfunctional and Downright Treacherous”

Constitution Pipeline: ‘The Keystone Pipeline of Natural Gas’

By Ted Glick, EcoWatch

“This Constitution pipeline is about enriching a few billionaires by impoverishing the people of New York State,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. told Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. “And the bullying that we’ve seen go along with this, the corruption—FERC is really a rogue agency, it’s a classic captive agency, it issued this permit illegally.”

A popular movement is building against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for its outrageous rubber-stamping of permits for expansion of the gas industry. Kennedy’s powerful indictment of FERC on national television last week was the latest manifestation of this hopeful, much-needed development. Continue reading Constitution Pipeline: ‘The Keystone Pipeline of Natural Gas’

Towns Threaten Secession Over Governor’s Fracking Ban

FRACKING PENNSYLVANIA

By Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post

Fifteen New York towns that are upset at Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking have threatened to secede from the state and join neighboring Pennsylvania, where fracking is allowed.

The towns, all members of the Upstate New York Towns Association, have expressed interest in secession, Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch told The Huffington Post. The association is compiling a report to assess the feasibility of joining Pennsylvania. Continue reading Towns Threaten Secession Over Governor’s Fracking Ban

Attorneys for NY Regulatory Agency a Little Too Cozy with Crestwood?

Photo courtesy of Gas Free Seneca
Photo courtesy of Gas Free Seneca

Photo: From left, New York DEC attorneys Jennifer Maglienti and Larry Weintraub; Crestwood attorney Robert Alessi on right.

Via Gas Free Seneca:

On February 12th and 13th, an Issues Conference was held in front of an Adjudicatory Law Judge regarding the storage of gas in unlined depleted salt caverns along Seneca Lake. Jennifer Maglienti, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Program Counsel to the Division of Mineral Resources, not only aggressively sided with Industry on every issue, she and other DEC counsel collaborated with Crestwood attorneys throughout the entire proceedings. They were observed whispering, passing notes back and forth during oral arguments, and communicating with each other for the duration of the Issues Conference. Continue reading Attorneys for NY Regulatory Agency a Little Too Cozy with Crestwood?

Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

By Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

[Editor’s note: Since the We Are Seneca Lake campaign began on Oct. 23, 2104, there have been 216 arrests, with six of those arrests yesterday. The campaign is working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding Finger Lakes region from the gas storage expansion project by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive gas tanks for highly-pressurized products from fracking: methane, propane and butane.]

I told the guy at the wilderness outfitter store that I needed footwear appropriate for standing motionless in frigid temperatures with occasional bouts of below-zero wind chill. For possibly long periods of time.

He asked if I was going ice fishing.

There are no guidebooks for how to carry out a sustained civil disobedience campaign during winter—let alone one that involves human blockades that intercept trucks attempting to enter a compressor station site on a steeply sloping lakeshore with 18 inches of snowpack. Continue reading Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

Pressure Mounts to Halt Storage Permit Near Seneca Lake

A march in downtown Geneva Saturday called for a halt to a proposal seeking to permit liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake.   COURTESY OF WE ARE SENECA LAKE TOO FACEBOOK PAGEA march in downtown Geneva Saturday called for a halt to a proposal seeking to permit liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake Too.

By Julie Sherwood, Irondequoit

As the state moves into what could be the final stage in permitting liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake, those against the plan are stepping up efforts to stop it.

Next week the state Department of Environmental Conservation holds an “issues conference,” which determines if the DEC will pursue further investigation of citizens’ concerns on the proposal’s environment effects.

“This is the endgame,” said Doug Couchon, a key organizer of the “We Are Seneca Lake” group opposed to the plan. Couchon, who lives in Elmira, was a speaker at a rally Saturday in Geneva dubbed We Are Seneca Lake, Too. Continue reading Pressure Mounts to Halt Storage Permit Near Seneca Lake

10 protesters arrested at Crestwood gates

By Jeff Stein, Ithaca Voice

Ithaca, N.Y. — Ten people, including two from Tompkins County, were arrested in the ongoing protests at the gates of the Crestwood natural gas facility in acts of civil disobedience on Wednesday.

One of those arrested — Jim Connor, of Schuyler County — is 83 years old.

The total number of arrests since demonstrations began this fall is now 210, according to We Are Seneca Lake, the group mobilizing opposition to the expansion of the natural gas facility. Continue reading 10 protesters arrested at Crestwood gates

New York’s Fracking Battles Heat Up

By Patrick Robbins, The Indypendent

When we heard in December that Governor Andrew Cuomo would prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, many activists breathed a sigh of relief — it looked like a frack-free New York was becoming a reality. Unfortunately, New York is already being fracked, if you understand “fracking” to mean the full life cycle from drilling to transportation to consumption. Right now, there are many ongoing infrastructure campaigns that could use your support:

PORT AMBROSE

Liberty Natural Gas LLC (a shell corporation made up of anonymous Cayman Islands investors) is pushing a plan to build a liquified natural gas port called Port Ambrose in the New York Harbor. This project would bring dangerous, super-sized liquified natural gas tankers into the harbor at a rate of roughly one per week over the course of a year. In addition to the security risks associated with a highly volatile fuel and the danger to marine ecosystems, this project will create financial incentives for more fracking all over the Northeast. It is also being proposed in an area that is under consideration for building offshore wind power, which we desperately need. Continue reading New York’s Fracking Battles Heat Up