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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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“Catastrophic Threat” Motivated Activists Sentenced for Cove Point Crane Climb

Judge Sentences Cove Point Defenders to 40 Days for Trespass
Carling Sothoron at top of crane at Offsite A.
Carling Sothoron at top of crane at Offsite A.

By Anne Meador

On April 20, two environmental activists appeared in Maryland District Court in Calvert County on charges related to a protest against the Cove Point LNG plant, in which they climbed up the arm of a crane and dropped a banner at a Dominion Cove Point construction site.

In separate proceedings, Carling Sothoron and Heather Doyle pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing for entering the construction area known as “Offsite A” before dawn on February 3. Charges of failure to obey a lawful order and malicious destruction of property were dismissed for Sothoron and Doyle respectively. Continue reading “Catastrophic Threat” Motivated Activists Sentenced for Cove Point Crane Climb

Will New FERC Chair Protect People or the Fossil Fuel Lobby?

Federal Protective Services officers pull Ted Glick out of his seat at FERC meeting.
Federal Protective Services officers pull Ted Glick out of his seat at FERC meeting./Photo by John Zangas

By Ted Glick, EcoWatch

From the time I walked yesterday into the FERC building—that’s the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the most powerful and dangerous federal agency most people have never heard of—things felt and looked different.

First were the cops. There are always FERC security personnel at the front entrance, but it seemed like there were twice as many yesterday as I’d ever seen before in past visits. In addition, and ominously, there were also a couple of Department of Homeland Security/Federal Protective Services police prominently stationed where they could not be missed. Continue reading Will New FERC Chair Protect People or the Fossil Fuel Lobby?

Protestors Bring Ongoing “Situation” to New FERC Chairman

Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”
Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”/ Photo by John Zangas

By Anne Meador

At his first meeting as FERC Chairman, Commissioner Norman Bay gave the cold shoulder to demonstrators who repeatedly interrupted him to protest what they say is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rubberstamp approach to regulation.

“Oh my God, we have a situation here. The situation is not going away,” shouted protestor Charles Chandler. “There is no democracy here. You just ignore what I write on my computer.”

Video of protests at FERC meeting

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Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight

Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake

By Jeff Stein, The Ithaca Voice

A judge in the town of Reading dismissed charges Wednesday night for 42 people arrested during ongoing acts of civil disobedience at the gates of a proposed natural gas expansion in Schuyler County.

Twelve of of the protesters who saw their charges dropped are from Tompkins County. Continue reading Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight