Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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The sun'll come up tomorrow?

Yes, yes it will. And then the lawsuits will start. Whatever happens after the expected announcements about fracking on February 13th, we're in this together. See you on the other side of Wednesday.

Order Your Radon Test Kit Before Feb. 28th!

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We are testing the radon levels in the gas coming from our kitchen stoves, because if any of the 5 planned gas infrastructure projects surrounding NYC go online, the danger of exposure to cancer-causing radon could put city residents at grave risk.
Reserve your kit ASAP by completing the online application. Don't delay––the test program ends soon! This week, pick up a kit on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday nights. You can prepay online and have a kit mailed to you ($18), or bring exact change ($15) to any of the pickup locations. The more people who can pay full price, the more scholarships we can offer.
Watch the video explaining how easy it is. Still not up to speed on why radon from fracked gas is so risky? Check out this primer.

LAST DAY to Intervene in the Rockaway Pipeline

Just as we did with the Spectra pipeline, opponents to the Rockaway Transco pipeline must intervene before the FERC deadline if they wish to have legal standing to challenge the pipeline later. The Rockaway Lateral would carry high-pressure fracked gas into Gateway National Recreation Area, threatening a wetlands and beaches that thousands use every day. And this in an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
Instructions on how to intervene are found on the website of CARP (the Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline). Opposed to fracking? Pipelines like this increase the demand to frack––YOU'RE a stakeholder. Live in the gas fields of Pennsylvania? That's where this gas is coming from––you're also a stakeholder. Know friends in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island? Tell them too.

Emergency Rally, Today @ 2pm in Binghamton

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Meet at 2pm in the State Office Building
for a rally directed at Governor Cuomo, rumored to be floating a plan to drill between 10 and 40 test wells in the Southern Tier before the regulations are complete, with the intent of "studying" the effects. Southern counties must not be a test case for a proven toxic industry. Speakers include Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Craig Stevens and others.
Where: State Office Building
44 Hawley Street, Binghamton.

Weds., Feb. 13th: Two Big Fracking Events, NYC

A Community Forum On Hydrofracking; Our City, our State and our Future. Discussion of the news out of Albany will no doubt be high on the agenda, plus looking at how fracking affects NYC.
6:30pm at Ansche Chesed, 251 West 100th Street. Sponsored by: State Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jose Serrano; Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal; Councilmember Gale Brewer; District leader Marc Landis; Food and Water Watch; Sane Energy Project and Environment New York. RSVP to Ben Schachter at 212-544-0173 or Bschachter@adrianoespailiat.org
Sane Energy Project will have radon test kits available. Please complete the online registration beforehand if possible.
What's in the Water? 7pm, Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets). This event is free and open to the public, RSVP at link above. The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) debuts "What's in the Water?," a poster that breaks down the fracking process and shows how it could impact the food and water supplies of New York City. CUP worked with Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the design studio Papercut to create the fold-out poster (which was posted in over 200 subway locations). CUP will be joined by Al Appleton, a Senior Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, and Barry Estabrook, author of Tomatoland, and well known for writing about issues of food safety and justice.

Thurs., Feb 14th @ 6pm, Spectra/Con Ed Hearing, NYC

CB4 Hearing on the Proposed Con Ed extension of the Spectra pipeline:
Until very recently, the community board of Chelsea/Clinton was unaware that the Spectra pipeline would affect them. Although the planned Con Ed extension is set to begin construction in April, no one at CB4 has seen a map, construction documents, an emergency response plan––Nada. But now that they've been alerted, CB4 has made their regular monthly meeting into a forum on the pipeline, inviting Spectra and Con Ed to answer questions from the community. Because of the larger-than-usual expected attendance, they've moved from their usual Chelsea meeting place to a few blocks north, in Clinton (what used to be known as "Hell's Kitchen").
The pipeline extension is slated to run up 10th Avenue to 15th Street, alongside the beloved High Line park and near galleries, shops, residences and hotels. The pipeline will sit a block away from Google's NYC headquarters and adjacent to the Whitney's collection of irreplacable art.
Since it's being held on Valentine's Day, we know you'll want to attend and show Spectra the love (especially since the sweet nothings they whispered at the last hearing left us wanting more). What happened when Con Ed and Spectra met with the community last December in the West Village? Read all about it, here, or watch the video. Questions about the route, the construction, an emergency response plan, and the lack of an environmental review remain unanswered, and questions about radon were thoroughly swept under the rug.
Public participation is highly encouraged: Community Board Four meeting, Thursday, February 14, 6pm, at 351 West 42nd Street (near 9th Avenue). Since we're likely to be feeling all electrified following our encounter with Con Edison, we'll meet up for a Valentine cocktail afterwards, at West Bank Cafe (42nd street at 9th Ave, just down the block).

Thursday, Feb. 14th, SRBC Hearing in Harrisburg, PA:

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will hold a public hearing on February 14 at 1 pm regarding water withdrawal applications. These water withdrawals will have a detrimental impact on New York State and enable fracking. Then at 3pm, the Commission will hold another hearing on its new proposed rule to better protect small headwater streams. Where: Pennsylvania State Capitol, Room 8E-B, East Wing, off Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg, PA.
If you can’t make it to the hearings, written comments can be submitted until February 25. Send them by mail to SRBC, 1721 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102–2391, by email to rcairo@srbc.net, or online. To learn more and take action to protect the Susquehanna, click here.

Saturday, Feb. 16th, Minisink Rally

Minisink residents’ fight to stop the insane compressor station is gaining support from people and organizations far beyond Minisink because the outcome will affect communities across the country. Actor/Activist Mark Ruffalo will rally next Saturday right across from the compressor station, along with John Feal, 9/11 first responder advocate and President of the Fealgood Foundation. Info here.

Climate Rally, Sunday, Feb. 17th, Washington DC:

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Forward on Climate Rally: MORE THAN 100 buses are going! Departures from Upper Manhattan, Midtown, 3 Brooklyn locations, the Rockaways, the Bronx, and Westchester. Register here. National buses, more info here.
Can't make it to the rally?
Check out this amazing way to still make your voice heard and watch the live stream!

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