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Tuesday Action: Stop the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Army Corps of Engineers!

February 25, 2013

Tomorrow, Tuesday February 26th between noon and 1 pm in Philadelphia, residents in the lower Delaware River Basin have a chance to protest the ongoing clearcutting now taking place in the upper Delaware River Basin. As residents in the upper Delaware River Basin — in the Milford (Pike County) area of Pennsylvania and across the river in New Jersey — begin their second week of public vigils, protest, and direct action to stop the clearcutting now going on to make way for a fracked gas pipeline called the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Upgrade, this week downriver voices join in.

On Tuesday, at a vigil (12:15) and press conference (12:30) organized by Protecting Our Waters at the Army Corps of Engineers office in Philadelphia (Wanamaker Building, 100E Penn Square, Phila 19107), speakers will include Maya van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Matt Walker, of the Clean Air Council, to speak about the devastating impact fracked gas pipelines and compressor stations have on air and climate; Rachel Leone, who has been involved with the upstream protests; and a statement by Gifford Pinchot, who has been sitting in a tree to block the clearcut.

The Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Commissioner, who votes according to President Obama’s wishes, is the fifth vote on the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which has abdicated its authority to regulate pipelines proliferating in the Basin before any trees are cut. The ACE also has authority directly to protect wetlands from clearcuts.

All are invited to express solidarity with residents in the upper Delaware River watershed who’ve been suffering the direct impacts of clearcutting; to protest against the degradation of our watershed created by fracked gas pipeline proliferation; to press the Army Corps of Engineers to intervene to stop the clearcutting right now in and near sensitive wetlands; and to make our voices heard by the Delaware River Basin Commission — including its federal vote, the Army Corps of Engineers Commissioner — to refuse to grant the next-stage permit for Tennessee Gas Pipeline digging and trenching.

No chainsaws, no bulldozers, no induced fracking: stop the Tennessee Gas Pipeline NE UP and protect the Delaware River Basin!

WHAT: Stop the Tennesse Gas Pipeline Solidarity Vigil and Press Conference

WHERE: 100 E Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107, South Lobby.

The Army Corps of Engineers office is in the Wanamaker Building, at the corner of Juniper Street and E Penn Square, at the SE corner of City Hall. It’s between Market and Chestnut and it’s between 13th and Broad.

WHEN: Vigil, 12:15 pm

Press Conference, 12:30 pm

VISUALS:   Spell out “NO PIPELINE” with our bodies

WEAR a red hat, red jacket to give the red light to the chainsaws and bulldozers.

Join the Event on Facebook.

To take action by phone and on email, please click here. YES, although the clearcut is underway, the phone calls and emails are still meaningful: 

To learn more about the blockade and tree-sit, including press coverage, visit Stop the Tennessee Pipeline!

And in case you missed it, our own post last week, along with its links, provides broader context for this struggle. It’s important to keep in mind that we continue to learn every day of more families displaced from their homes by fracking; more illness; and more dead animals. See this eloquent and disturbing description of impacts on the Hagy family in West Virginia, as well as their neighbor, who reported that 30 animals died due to contaminated water.

Fracked gas pipelines mean terrible acute impacts to those on the ground; degraded water and air; compacted soil, dead vegetation, permanent harm. They also mean more fracking. So come join us on Tuesday, if you can’t, use this Action Alert.

Reminder: Please bring/wear a RED HAT; or a red jacket if you have one, to help us make a “NO PIPELINE” graphic with our own bodies!

For more information please contact eric@protectingourwaters.com or call/text Iris: (mobile) 215-840-6489.

3 Comments
  1. February 25, 2013 9:52 am

    I really REALLY wish I could be there, and I can’t, but my heart is with the protesters, the marchers, and the blockade. I have made my photographs of the Saturday march available at Flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendylynnelee/

    Please feel free to use whatever might help get people out to these vitally important events.

  2. Paul Roden permalink
    February 25, 2013 10:31 am

    Dear friends,
    In order to stop fracking, we need to have an alternative. I have started a petition on the White House “We, the people” Website ordering the US Department of Energy to conduct a study on transitioning to renewable energy by 2030 without fossil fuel or nuclear power.
    I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by March 24, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

    We the People, allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    You can view and sign the petition here:

    http://wh.gov/vmC3

    Here’s some more information about this petition:

    Conduct a study on converting the US to renewable energy by 2030 without fossil fuel or nuclear power. Dr. Jacobson at the University of California at Davis and Dr. Delucchi at Stanford University in their Nov. 2009 Scientific American article and in their March 2011 articles in Energy Policy journal have outline a plan for the world to convert to renewable energy without fossil fuel or the use of nuclear power, using existing technology. Germany has adopted a similar plan and will obtain 80% of their energy from renewable sources and shut down all of their nuclear power plants by 2022. The German government, the Chancellor and the Bundestag (parliament) from Conservative to Green, left to right are united behind this plan. Why can’t we do that in the United States? How did the politicians in Germany overcome the lobbying and campaign money from the energy and the electric utilities?

    Just copy and past the link above or click on it and sign the petition. http://wh.gov/vmC3

    I have 30 days to gather 100,000 signatures.

    Thanks,

    Paul Roden

  3. patricia.libbey@verizon.net permalink
    February 25, 2013 9:30 pm

    Hope to see you there!   

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