Ya’ll should also enjoy this recently written article written by Sasha, of the Earth First! Journal Collective!
In the beginning of 2015, to the astonishment of many- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will be putting forth a statewide ban on Horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HDD or “fracking”) in so called New York. For years, the prospect of fracking within the “empire” state loomed over our heads. With many fearing just “how many people have to feel the impacts of drilling first hand to convince the state we don’t need this?” The fact that fracking is now banned in New York is certainly a victory, owed to grassroots persistence not Cuomo or his administration. While the ban is a big sigh of relief, it certainly falls flat. If we’ve learned anything from our former (farce) of a moratorium on fracking it’s that “banning” the drilling for fracked gas on paper actually has done nothing to stop growing infrastructure projects and by all stretches of the imagination cannot. From the gas storage facility in Finger Lakes, all the pipelines crisscrossing the state, the recently built Minisink Compressor station, and beyond.
Regionally, our networks need to escalate our resistance to gas infrastructure by cross pollination, skill shares and shut them down with creative and effective direct action.
Locally we should turn our attention to the Power Plant being planned for western Orange County and throw this project into the trash before its too late!
Your friendly neighborhood Hudson Valley Earth First!ers are continuing to meet with community members, form bonds, stare at lines on maps/piles of documents, and generally get shit done from; speaking all over the north-east and beyond, showing up to these big wigs conferences and business meetings souring their self-congratulatory audiences.
what happens next?
Now we must show Competitive Power Ventures they should have no hopes of building it’s proposed Valley View Energy Power plant, A 640-megawatt dirty gas project that if built in Quarter Four of 2015 will take up 30 acres of an 122 acre tract, (of mostly marshy wetlands) it will include two fabulous smokestacks that will pump out VOC’s as easy as 1,2,3 and above all else will cost a cool $900M to build.. All that for the promise of $2.8 Million in tax revenue and about 25 permanent jobs. Fantastic.
CPV Valley Energy’s website erroneously claims the Valley Energy Center is some kind of “custom-designed solution to meet the growing electricity needs of the region.” When the fact still remains: the inhabitants of this area want no part in this filth at all. If we allow this plague on the “Hudson Valley” we should not be surprised when greed- and growth for the sake of growth prevail. The key investors of CPV’s nightmare- Warbug Pincus and Steven Remillard, have no right to decide what is or is not vital to this ecosystem based on some arbitrary EIS approval that points out exactly what we are up for if this project ever became reality.
“The Final EIS evaluates the environmental impacts identified in the DEIS Scope, and the comments provided in response to the DEIS. Impacts evaluated include impacts on land and land use, visual resources, air quality, noise, wetlands, and water resources, socioeconomics, traffic, cultural resources, soils, geology, and seismology, and wildlife”
*taken from FEIS
We must always remember that these industry types are not our friends nor our community and are the exact same people(s) who actively to plan to destroy both. Reading all of CPV’s findings or “best practices” to maintain compliance with the state, and it’s agencies are completely nonsensical- from noting “Ideal conditions for threatened Bog Turtles,” finding the Georgia Bulrush, a plant Species of Greatest Conservation Need, disrespecting the burial grounds of the Ramapough-Lenape Tribe, potential impacts to Indiana Bats and migratory songbirds, and the list goes on and on (Page 30 EIS). But these things are of no importance to the Gas industry they only see dollar bills and you and I are “misinformed” “arrogant” or “criminal” for seeing through the smoke and mirrors.
Conveniently- Competitive Power Ventures have been seeking “New York’s” “energy highway” initiative- which gives funding to energy projects…. If Cuomo or Dr. Zucker were truly sincere about their concerns of health impacts the “energy highway” wouldn’t be a fast lane to dirty energy (The now built Minisink Compressor Station not only applied for energy to highway, but pointed to CPV as a reason why they should be granted funding before it was even built!). With all of the permits in the hands of CPV they are now seeking out the remaining 3/4th of the funding. Local community members have gone as far to demand the state does not give a single cent, sending a community written letter to Albany however, when Competitive Power Ventures submitted it’s Energy to Highway application it was well…. drooled upon by the following:
Our resistance has been seeded all over- and soon will take root. Our collective power can only flourish this spring.
A truly holistic approach to combating this menace is underway encompassing many ways of thinking- acting, and reacting Steve Remillard may think he’s on the “1 yard line” but we have the homefield advantage.
We will win.
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