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Solidarity with COP21 Protests Brings Hundreds to White House

23379918706_21817b4d36_zBy John Zangas

Washington, DC – Several hundred people allied with environmental organizations rallied at the White House on Sunday, November 30 to show their solidarity with protests happening at the start of a major summit on climate change in Paris.

More than 500 activists called on President Obama to end carbon emissions and implement programs now to transition to renewable energy sources.

Parisians responded to a government ban on planned climate protests by setting 20,000 pairs of shoes in streets near the Place de la République.

Several thousand protesters defied the “State of Emergency” ban nonetheless, congregating at the square. Police tear-gassed protesters and arrested hundreds. One video shows police clubbing youth seated quietly on the sidewalk.

Hundreds of thousands took part in similar actions in step with COP21 protests in Paris. As climate awareness spreads, more are joining efforts to engage governments to end fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy sources. Continue reading Solidarity with COP21 Protests Brings Hundreds to White House

Protesters Rappel from Rafters of Stadium During Panthers Game

By Anne Meador

As many as 74,000 NFL fans at last night’s Colts v. Panthers game in Charlotte, North Carolina, witnessed two people rappel from the upper deck of Bank of America Stadium in the pouring rain.

The “fracktivists” — who were later arrested — suspended themselves in front of the press box and unfurled a banner from the railing above which read, “BoA: Dump Dominion, WeAreCovePoint.org.”

The stunt was broadcast live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which had an audience of more than 12 million the previous week.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.23.59 PMCarried out during one of the biggest match-ups of the season between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts, the banner drop was designed to shame stadium sponsor Bank of America for its financial backing of a gas liquefaction project on the Chesapeake Bay. Continue reading Protesters Rappel from Rafters of Stadium During Panthers Game

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”

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

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

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Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

Protesters object to Dominion Resource's new natural gas infrastructure projects and its kundue influence as a utility in Virginia.
Protesters object to Dominion Resource’s new natural gas infrastructure projects and its undue influence as a utility in Virginia./Photo via CCAN
Protesters from Augusta Co. to Norfolk to Cove Point, Md. unite to challenge business practices wrecking communities and the climate

By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Glen Allen, Va.—Over 150 protesters from across Virginia and Maryland greeted Dominion Resources executives and board members arriving for the company’s annual shareholder meeting this morning, in a sign of the growing citizen backlash over the company’s dirty energy investments and dirty politics. (Click here to view photos.) Continue reading Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

FERC Monthly Meeting Moved Up to Avoid Protests

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Alex Guillén, Politico

FERC has moved up its monthly May meeting at the recommendation of federal law enforcement in order to avoid planned large-scale protests. The commissioner’s regularly scheduled monthly public meeting had been slated to take place on May 21, but because of plans for protest actions involving potentially hundreds of people, FERC has moved up the meeting to next Thursday, May 14. The decision was made after a recommendation from the Federal Protective Service “to better ensure the safety of its staff and the public during the protests planned for May 21 at FERC headquarters,” FERC spokesman Craig Cano wrote in an email.

Coverage of protest at FERC’s April monthly meeting

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