Village Independent Democrats will hold a forum on halting the advance of gas pipeline infrastructure which threatens health, environment and economic life of New York State.
The forum will take place on May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Annex, 83 Christopher St. (just west of Seventh Avenue). The public is invited. Admission is free.
“The gas industry wants to expand the natural gas infrastructure in New York State to maximize its ability to export natural gas to more profitable overseas markets,” says Nat Johnson, organizer of the forum. “We have to develop stronger regulatory protocols to protect domestic energy markets and further the development of renewable energy, resource conservation and energy efficiency.”
Participants In this panel discussion Include:
- Sane Energy Project – Even though high-volume horizontal fracturing has been banned in New York State, the invasion of fracking infrastructure is going full tilt. To date, Sane Energy Project has identified more than 137 pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste or storage facilities that are proposed, under construction or in operation. Program Director, Clare Donohue, a recipient of the Village Independent Democrats Annual Gala Award in 2013, presents a visual presentation of the website and its significance.
Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York, reports on the status of Fracking in the region and its effects in the more than 7,500 accidents related to fracking since 2013, leaks and spills including oil trains and negatively impacting water quality in rivers, streams and shallow aquifers. This includes projects like the Constitution, Algonquin and Spectra Pipelines and particularly the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal (LNG).
- United for Action is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing groups of like-minded citizens. Ling Tsou co-founder of the group discusses advocacy for the implementation of renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency policies particularly the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas (LNG) port project and the proposed offshore wind farm.
- Port Ambrose LNG terminal has been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas off Long Beach, Long Island for the New York/New Jersey area. Linda B. Rosenthal represents District 67 in the New York State Assembly; she along with State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto this project. Assemblymember Rosenthal discusses the status of the opposition to the Project – which would damage our marine ecosystem, put us at risk from terrorist attacks, exacerbates climate change and put pressure to frack for more gas across the Northeast region.
Press Contact: VID President Nadine Hoffmann at 212-741-3265, or email her here.