Friday, August 31, 2012

Smokey the Bear Says....Radon Gas is Bad for Kids

Coalition Against Rockaway Pipeline

They Want To Put A Pipeline Through The Rockaways Too!


The proposal (Williams Companies).
The Transco/Williams Company  has a plan to build a $265 million Pipeline in the Rockaways and into Brooklyn. The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project has not been approved yet. If it gets approval it will be creating even more demand for Fracked Gas and put more pressure on NY State to allow drilling upstate, which will destroy dairy farms and people's access to clean water, the very source of life. 

Supplying Fracked Gas to National Grid to serve up to NYC residents is exactly like piping carcinogenic chemicals into your home for your family to inhale. RadioActive elements will be served up to your kids, your loved ones, restaurant workers etc. This is an all out onslaught on Public Health, not to mention the environmental and economic impact it will have on the Recreational Areas in will destroy. Please check out Jamaica Bay Ecowatch for more information. Also check out Brooklyn For Peace's article about this proposed pipeline. From their report: Because the proposed pipeline is in a federal park, Congress must approve it. The House has already done so. The bill is now in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Call Senators Charles Schumer (202-224-6542) and Kirsten Gillibrand (202-224-4451). Tell them to VOTE NO on HR 2606, the NYC Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, when it comes before the Senate.
Please join CARP  and Occupy the Pipeline as we have a Rally on the beach this Sunday to raise awareness and activate those who would protect Public Health and the Environment against Dirty Energy. 
Meet at Jacob Riis Park by the flag pole at 10:30 am. Look for the Giant Fish Puppet! Bring signs and banners be ready to go swimming! We will be out there until 3pm and then will head to an undisclosed location to partake in a blockade training. Come Join Us and you will find out where. Or text @Fracked to 23599 for alerts. 
You can also follow us on twitter! @occupy_pipeline 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 27th Don't Frack NY Rally in Albany, NY

Over a thousand concerned citizens of New York and surrounding states came out yesterday with a massive show of unity among grass roots campaigns to Ban Fracking in NY State. This ground swell of support around a single issue is probably the biggest single issue movement since Civil Rights. Looking around at the people present yesterday, I saw people from literally all sectors of society. All ages, races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds are coming together to say NO! Hell No! Ban Fracking NOW!!

all photos courtesy of Eric Walton

 Gas Industry Supporters love to claim that allowing Hydrofrackers drilling access to NY State land will provide economic recovery & job opportunities to local people. This claim is easily debunked when looking to the states that have already fallen victim to their claims such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wyoming and West Virginia. People in these states would surely have something to say about these claims.

The Gas Industry claims are designed to create a rush to invest because the cost of drilling is so high, often higher than the actual yield from the drill. They claim an increase in jobs, but the industry brings with it wildcat crews to work the rigs from out of state. These crews travel from drill rig to drill rig with the industry. They come into communities and flood the real estate market, which in turn jacks up their prices, resulting in an increase in local homelessness. Locals get priced out, usually the most vulnerable citizens such as the poor and elderly end up with no place to go.

 The Industries claims of increase in job opportunities are exaggerated. For example, in Pennsylvania, the Gas Industry claimed that it created 90,000 jobs over a 4 year period. Not according to the Pennsylvania Dept of Labor which reported just 10,000 jobs were created by Gas Industry and out of that, 7,000 went to out of state workers!~

 Economic Boom claims are also extremely bloated by the Gas Industry to make it sound more appealing. Speculation is no different than gambling. They are using their claims to create a Ponzi Scheme which will benefit Wall Street and hurt farmers and residents.

 Estimate by Prof. John Schwartz of Ithaca College: Potential gain from Shale drilling in NYS would be $1.1 Billion Annually - $22 billion over a 20 year period. (if the bubble lasts that long) This figure is not minus other factors such as environmental damage, human health costs, fires, explosions etc.. Conversely, the Proven gain from traditional industries that Hydro Fracking would destroy, such as Tourism, Farm, Dairy, Recreation, Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Fishing, Grapes & Wine is over $20 Billion Annually. Do the math. That's over $400 Billion in a twenty year period! How many jobs would we loose from these industries if NY allows Fracking?

 Furthermore, it's imperative that Fracking is Banned in all 62 counties in NY because if drilling is allowed in one county, the water table is affected in all the surrounding counties. Water isn't separated by county lines. Those are human constructions.

*facts courtesy of the publication "The Flowback"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Don't Frack NY Rally

Today's Rally at the Sheraton Hotel to send a message to Cuomo at his Summit that New Yorkers Dont Want New York Fracked was a huge success!
Two Activists infiltrated the Summit Meeting and interupted the program to Perform a Magic Trick which turned water into brine, which the lovely assistant drank and then stumbled out with the help of the security guards. Keep an eye out for the upcoming video. 
The two activists were sitting at the table next to Cuomo, when they stood up and interrupted the speaker. 
The man, a magician spoke:
"Jesus of Nazareth turned water into wine. With the miracle of HydroFracking, Cuomo and his friends at Halliburton will turn water into brine." 
He then did a magic trick with a glass of water, turning it green. He handed it to his lovely assistant, she drank it and started to convulse as she held up a banner that contained an anti fracking message with all the chemicals listed. They were both escorted out of the room, the assistant was half carried as she was dreadfully sickened by the fracked water. We don't know if this influenced Cuomo's decision the next day to postpone lifting the ban on allowing Hydro Fracking in New York State. We can only hope.
Another anonymous action resulted in a banner dropping from the 20th floor of the Sheraton Hotel to the cheering crowd below. 
No arrests were made.

If you see yourself reflected in the faces of those attending the rally, please join us. It's going to take All of Us  to Stand Up and be Counted! We Don't Want Your Fracking Frack, Cuomo, Bloomberg, Spectra, Chase, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and on and on. We will not STOP until YOU STOP.

Water is Life.

photos courtesy of Eric Walton, Christopher Brown and Mickey Vegan.

Join Us! Text @Fracked to 23559 for updates about future actions and planning meetings

follow us on twitter: @occupy_pipeline

Come to the Planning meeting tonite at 450 West Street in Manhattan at 7:30pm

Most Importantly: SPREAD THE WORD!!! Keep up the Good Fight, People.