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Pack These Hearings: Stop The Constitution Pipeline!

January 12, 2015

Public hearings for a proposed fracked gas pipeline are being held one per day for the next three days in New York. Please pack these hearings in Binghamton, Oneonta, and Cobleskill! All details below.

Many of us have been resisting the proposed Constitution Pipeline, with its mammoth compressor stations, for years. Others are just joining this key two-state struggle to protect the people, waterways, land, and air along the pipeline route, as well as the communities in Pennsylvania’s shalefields. Shale gas is even worse for climate than coal. This pipeline must be stopped.

As proposed, it would run 121 miles from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY.  It would be 30 inches in diameter, and initially carry 650,000 decatherms per day (Dth/d) of fracked gas extracted from the sacrifice zones of Pennsylvania.

We have an opportunity to stop it before non-violent civil disobedience becomes necessary. History is made by those who show up:

BINGHAMTON
Monday, January 12 at 6 PM
East Middle School Auditorium
167 East Frederick Street
Binghamton, NY 13904

ONEONTA
Tuesday, January 13 at 6 PM
SUNY Oneonta, Lecture Hall IRC #3
108 Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820

COBLESKILL*
Wednesday, January 14 at 6 PM
SUNY Cobleskill, Bouck Hall Theater
State Route 7
Cobleskill, NY 12043

An administrative law judge will take public comments on the proposed “Constitution” Pipeline at three DEC hearings next week in Binghamton, Oneonta and Cobleskill. It is critical that we attend. Bring signs, bring friends and wear blue. If you’d like the opportunity to speak, be there early to add your name to the sign-up sheet.

To find out more about the hearings, go to this link. On this same page, you can download and print a flyer about the hearings to post EVERYWHERE in your town.

The DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) can stop this pipeline. DEC upholds New York’s stringent water-quality standards, which the pipeline would violate. The pipeline would tear through 277 streams, ponds and rivers, and over 10 miles of wetlands. It would clear-cut 1,000 acres of forest, increasing damage in future floods. It would cross 45 trout and trout-spawning streams 84 times, threatening the fish and their habitat. Tell the DEC: Don’t allow the destruction of our pristine water bodies or risk our individual, town, and village water supplies so that fracked gas can be shipped to foreign markets.

On January 2nd, Stop The Constitution Pipeline (STP) filed a request for a rehearing with FERC, claiming FERC violated three federal laws and the United States Constitution. New Yorker’s rights have been violated by FERC’s approval of the Constitution pipeline. (See the full document here).  Now, we have to pack these hearing rooms and inundate the DEC with substantive comments on the 401 water-quality certificate.

Thanks to Collin Fox Thomas and all our allies with Stop the Constitution Pipeline for this alert.

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