BREAKING: ResistAIM community member Jessica Rechtschaffer climbed tree this morning to defend our land from Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline. We will not stop until Spectra stops terrorizing us. Sign the pledge to join the community: tinyurl.com/resistaim #stopspectra #resistaim #wesayno
For Friday the 13th last week, a couple of lawless troglodytes had a festive decorating party and short occupation of a temporary work zone being used to install a water line connecting the city of Middletown to CPV’s toxic gas power plant in Wawayanda NY.
Our message is simple: FUCK SKANSKA.
We want to make the connection between the fracked gas power plant currently under construction right here in the Hudson Valley and the animal lab being built on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Both projects are being built by Skanska, an international construction firm that doesn’t seem to care who they build for, be it animal torturers or frackers.
Despite widespread local opposition and piss poor outreach to nearby residents, CPV has moved forward with site preparation and SkanskaUSA Civil Northeast, Inc, Ecco III and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. have been destroying the moist fields and wildlife habitat on site since the summer. Recently they’ve begun to install 1800, 35 feet deep pylons for building the foundation and although they have been moving fast, we are picking up steam, growing our numbers and plan to escalate in defense of our bio-region now under attack.
We are inspired by the fierce resistance of the No new Animal Lab campaign that has been pressuring Skanska to cut their contract with the University of Washington. They’ve marched en masse 2x, locked down on site and gone to the homes of Skanska executives across the country to stop this lab and the animal abuse it unnecessarily creates. We wish them the best of luck and hope our small gesture of solidarity reaches them well!
For the animals of the earth,
Hudson Valley Earth First!
PS. They are planning a mobilization in New York in January to keep the pressure on Skanska to give up their plans and leave the animals alone. See you in the streets!
Local resident Nancy Vann decided to take a stand against Spectra Energy’s AIM Pipeline this morning and stop destruction of her property stolen by eminent domain. #stopspectra #resistaim #wesayno
Protesters blocked the entrance to the Algonquin pipeline staging area in Montrose early Monday morning, leading to several arrests.
Spectra Energy has filed plans with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand its pipeline from New Jersey to New England in stages; so far, two have been delineated. The first, called AIM, covers compressor stations in Stony Point and Southeast plus about 37 miles of pipe, including under the Hudson River, in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The second, called Atlantic Bridge, covers other short segments of the pipeline between New York and Canada.
Over the past couple of months, FERC has approved work to start on various parts of the project, including drilling across the Hudson River.
The group, Resist AIM, was formed by residents and activists after concerns expressed by them and New York politicians were dismissed by FERC.
Here’s their whole press release:
Montrose, NY 11-09-15 – Today at 6:30 AM, twenty people took courageous action to stop the AIM pipeline from being built in Westchester by blocking access for an hour to Spectra Energy’s wareyard. Spectra Energy’s Alqonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project would involve building a high-pressure 42-inch diameter pipeline within 100 feet of Indian Point facilities and would expose local communities to toxic emissions from compressor stations along the pipeline path. The pipeline is being built against the wishes of the community, and in some areas Spectra Energy has used eminent domain to seize property for construction against the will of landowners and homeowners. This has outraged residents and environmental and public safety advocates who point to Spectra’s abysmal safety record as proof that the company cannot be trusted to construct a pipeline safely. A coalition called Resist AIM has formed to stop the project from moving forward. Nine members of the coalition were peacefully arrested for blocking two wareyard driveways today, holding banners and singing before being taken into custody.
Lisa Moir, a local parent and business owner, explained why she was participating in the day’s action: “At the end of the day , I’m doing this for my daughter. She will be on this earth long after me. She and her family will have to live with the poisoned air, polluted waters, and empty soil. I want to be able to look her in the eyes and say that I did ALL I could do to change these broken systems. Taking a stand now means I will have no regrets later.” Courtney Williams, a Peekskill mother and cancer researcher, agreed: “This pipeline will run only 400 feet from my daughter’s elementary school. Whether it’s the immediate threat of a pipeline explosion leveling her school or the broader threat global climate change poses to every child, it is wrong to build this pipeline. I owe it to my daughter, her 300 classmates, and every other kid to do something to stop this.”
Today’s action comes after years of trying to stop the project through standard regulatory channels have shown that the regulatory agencies involved – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – are unwilling to consider the full impacts of this project. On twitter, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker has claimed that “federal agencies have failed to protect WC residents,” while State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Brad Hoylman have both called upon FERC to halt its plans to move forward with the pipeline.
“There are so many reasons to oppose this project,” said Brook Packard, a Rye resident and member of Resist AIM. “Because it’s wrong. Because communities should have the right to determine their own future. Because it’s wrong to have a handful of greedy corporate gas men living 2,000 miles away tear up the Hudson River Valley and it’s wrong and foolish to have corporate greed determine our energy policies. Because if I poisoned my neighbor, I’d go to jail, but Rob Astorino and Spectra Energy get cash. And because I love this region – I was raised here, I was captivated by its stories and heritage, my daughter’s middle name is Hudson so she would have a sense of place, and I’m not willing to let this area become a wasteland.”
In addition to its obvious safety and security risks, the AIM pipeline would increase our dependence on climate-changing fossil fuels at a time when the nations of the world are increasingly recognizing the need to move to renewable energy.
“I am standing up for the health & well-being of my sisters and brothers and say No to Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Pipeline Expansion,” said Susan Rutman of Hastings, NY. “It’s unacceptable that 20 million people’s lives and properties are being put at tremendous risk by this huge, high pressure, fracked gas pipeline under construction, coming across our beautiful Hudson River and sited next to Indian Point Nuclear Plant! What a horrifying prospect, that a Fukushima-like catastrophe can occur with a pipeline rupture here. A thorough, transparent and independent risk assessment must be done before one more tree is cut down. I am a Westchester mother and I want to help Stop Climate Change with renewable energy infrastructure.”
This is only the beginning. For more information, please visit www.resistaim.wordpress.com
#ResistAim #StopSpectra #WeSayNo
Support Stephanie Wilson!!
Late last night while attempting to help a man whose dog had been hit by a car, Stephanie Wilson was run over by an SUV. The accident left her with life threatening injuries and claimed the life of the dog she was attempting to help (the man she was with was also injured, though less severely). For anyone who knows Steph, they know that her being injured while attempting to help others is an emblematic example of her unceasing willingness to put the lives of others before herself. Over the years, Steph has rescued countless animals, often traveling to disaster areas to volunteer as a relief worker, and has never hesitated to help someone in need. Just last week she was rescuing animals from the flooding in South Carolina. But now this ceaseless champion of others needs your help.
As of now, Steph is sedated with a fractured skull and a blood clot in her brain. While all this is incredibly terrifying and her condition is critical, we and her doctors are cautiously optimistic that she will pull through. However, as Steph spends her life doing animal rescue (which as anyone involved knows is a passion project more that a stable career), she is without insurance. What is more, the individual driving the SUV that hit her was driving an uninsured vehicle on a suspending license. Therefore it is expected that the medical costs for a sustained hospital stay are likely to be astronomically high and likely will fall all on Steph herself. This is where you come in.
We are asking you to help her manage this unexpected burden. Please consider donating to help get Steph back on her feet and support the animals currently under her care. If you can’t personally afford to donate, please pass this gofundme campaign along to your friends. All money raised will go towards Steph’s recovery and immediate costs of animal care for the animals currently in her rescue.
Thank you and please keep Steph and her loved ones in your thoughts at this difficult time.
Click the following link!!!! https://www.youcaring.com/stephanie-wilson-454345#.ViaM2Z0Fy14.email
November 14th – 7pm
$5 – 10 suggested donation
Proceeds will be split between the Hudson Valley Earth First! action fund against fracked gas infrastructure and an indigenous resistance group to be determined.
BillXNye (antitheist science grind)
Gone Berzerk (ex – Doomscenario – thrash power)
Cell 63 ( loud and punk)
Hudson Valley Earth First!
322 Main St, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Action Alert! Support the Protest Against GE Trees at ArborGen
Early Monday morning, activists from around the Southeast and as far north as Maine converged on the global headquarters of genetically engineered tree giant ArborGen to tell them in no uncertain terms that they must tear down the walls of secrecy regarding their GE loblolly pines and eucalyptus trees and dissolve and discontinue their research and development.
Monday’s action was but a small representation of the global public rejection of GE trees. In 2015 alone, more than a quarter of a million (269,867) people have signed on in rejection of genetically engineered trees.
Add your voice to the chorus!
Upload a photo of yourself with a sign reading ‘ArborGen: STOP GE Trees!’ to #stopgetrees and #nogetrees
Call ArborGen and the USDA and tell them you support the action and that GE trees must be banned!
ArborGen Inc. (843) 851-4129
2011 Broadbank Court, Ridgeville, SC 29472
Biotechnology Headquarters: (301) 851-3877
Sign the petition against GE trees by clicking here
Get involved! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask how you can help us organize to stop GE trees in your region.
Direct Action Workshop
SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center
Wednesday September 16th
From lunch counter sit-ins during the civil rights movement to living in a tree to stop it from being cut, direct action takes many different forms. This training will provide a space to explore what is direct action, when to use it, how it integrates into campaign strategy and much more.
For questions or to RSVP: email@example.com
Planning Meeting for
Sunday September 13th 3pm – 6pm
Shannen Park (1918 Route 284, Slate Hill, NY )
Across the country, and the world, powerful movements are using nonviolent direct action to to disrupt business as usual and demand lasting systemic change.
These moments show that broad mobilization and disruption are ways that we can transform our society. It is time we move beyond conventional strategies. Its time we connect across movements and #FloodTheSystem
The recent ruling on the need for a new supplemental environmental impact statement did not go our way, as many of you will have learned in the Times herald record paper. We are all, I know, disappointed; we also are shocked and confused by the apparent inconsistencies of the ruling and hope to understand better what happened as time goes on.
attention. There ANOTHER PICKET this coming TUESDAY SEPTEMBER
8th, 7 – 9 a.m.
mean Mondays beginning the 14th.