Stop the Spectra Pipeline Through the West Village – Attend Public Hearing Oct. 20

Stop the Spectra Pipeline!

Zero fossil fuel dependence by 2030 is possible and necessary.

Final Public Hearing, Thursday Oct 20th in West Village

IMPORTANT! If you oppose the Spectra pipeline, it is crucial that you attend the upcoming FERC hearing and submit comments. The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 20th, 7pm, at P.S. 41, Greenwich Village School Auditorium, 116 West 11th Street NYC 10011.

If you cannot attend the hearing, please download the sample comment letter and mail it to FERC before Oct. 31st: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/FERC%20letterDB.pdf Please spread the word and ask all your neighbors to do the same. You may also comment online at the FERC website: FERC: Help – How to Submit Comments via eComment (Use Docket #CP11-56-000).

It is also highly recommended that you become an Intervenor on the project, in order to have the legal standing to bring suit, should FERC approve the project: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/How%20to%20Become%20an%20Intervenor.pdf

FERC has, in the draft EIS, indicated their intention to approve the Spectra pipeline. If you want to have a say in this decision, you must comment before the deadline on Monday, October 31st. This is the LAST opportunity for public input to FERC. A final EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and decision is expected by January 2012.

Stop the Spectra Pipeline!

Zero fossil fuel dependence by 2030 is possible and necessary.

Final Public Hearing, Thursday Oct 20th in West Village

IMPORTANT! If you oppose the Spectra pipeline, it is crucial that you attend the upcoming FERC hearing and submit comments. The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 20th, 7pm, at P.S. 41, Greenwich Village School Auditorium, 116 West 11th Street NYC 10011.

If you cannot attend the hearing, please download the sample comment letter and mail it to FERC before Oct. 31st: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/FERC%20letterDB.pdf Please spread the word and ask all your neighbors to do the same. You may also comment online at the FERC website: FERC: Help – How to Submit Comments via eComment (Use Docket #CP11-56-000).

It is also highly recommended that you become an Intervenor on the project, in order to have the legal standing to bring suit, should FERC approve the project: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/How%20to%20Become%20an%20Intervenor.pdf

FERC has, in the draft EIS, indicated their intention to approve the Spectra pipeline. If you want to have a say in this decision, you must comment before the deadline on Monday, October 31st. This is the LAST opportunity for public input to FERC. A final EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and decision is expected by January 2012.

Spectra Cited for 17 Safety Inadequacies

Natural Gas Watch reports that Spectra Energy has been cited by federal regulators for 17 inadequacies in its pipeline safety operations and procedures, such as surveillance, emergency plans and welding procedures. Spectra Energy Cited By Feds for Probable Pipeline Safety Violations – … Continue reading ?

Stop the pipeline, Stop Fracking

Pipelines and fracking are inextricably linked. Pipelines are the infrastructure that carry shale gas from the drill site to our homes. The extraction process of methane, from cradle to grave, has been found to be more damaging even than coal, … Continue reading ?

FERC announces dates of public hearings

From the 9/16 release by FERC: Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. The public comment deadline is October 31, 2011. In addition to or in lieu of sending written comments, FERC staff invites you to … Continue reading ?

GOP pipeline bill would block safety reforms

“A pipeline bill offered by House Republicans on Wednesday would block some safety reforms and ignores other recent safety recommendations made by accident investigators in response to a deadly natural gas explosion last year near San Francisco.”

GOP pipeline bill would block safety reforms – Forbes.com

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Reports of solar’s death are greatly exaggerated

“The solar company Solyndra recently filed for bankruptcy, which media reports have depicted as the end of solar power in the U.S. This is like saying there is no future for the internet because Netscape went out of business.” Vote Solar

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Limited Time for New Yorkers to Weigh in on their Energy Future

Two reports were released this week, which both launched distinct public commentary periods. On Wednesday, September 7th, simultaneously to the largest natural gas protest in the United States as of yet, which occurred in Philadelphia, the New York DEC (Department … Continue reading ?

NYTimes Reports Inadequacies of Pipeline Regulatory System

The Exxon spill at Yellowstone, the Enbridge spill in the Kalamazoo; more than 100 significant spills each year . . . Experts say the PHMSA is chronically short on staff and leaving too much control in the hands of pipeline operators. Agency … Continue reading ?

Draft EIS for Spectra Pipeline is Released; Public Comment Period Opens — Deadline is Oct. 31

FERC has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Spectra pipeline project. As expected, FERC has recommended approval of the pipeline, stating repeatedly that Spectra’s mitigation suggestions are adequate to protect residents in New York and New Jersey. This recommendation … Continue reading ?

San Bruno explosion: “A failure of the entire system”

San Bruno explosion

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From The Los Angeles Times: The National Transportation Safety Board also said PG&E exploited the lack of monitoring by regulators, who mistakenly placed “blind trust” in the utility. San Bruno pipeline explosion: ‘A failure of the entire system’ – latimes.com The New … Continue reading ?

Rising price of gas could affect co-op/condo owners

gas price chart

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Intense demand for gas in Asian markets, combined with overstated reserves, is likely to lead to increased domestic prices for natural gas. For building owners in NYC who are affected by new heating oil rules, this is cause for deep … Continue reading ?

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Spectra Cited for 17 Safety Inadequacies

Natural Gas Watch reports that Spectra Energy has been cited by federal regulators for 17 inadequacies in its pipeline safety operations and procedures, such as surveillance, emergency plans and welding procedures. Spectra Energy Cited By Feds for Probable Pipeline Safety Violations – … Continue reading ?

Stop the pipeline, Stop Fracking

Pipelines and fracking are inextricably linked. Pipelines are the infrastructure that carry shale gas from the drill site to our homes. The extraction process of methane, from cradle to grave, has been found to be more damaging even than coal, … Continue reading ?

FERC announces dates of public hearings

From the 9/16 release by FERC: Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so. The public comment deadline is October 31, 2011. In addition to or in lieu of sending written comments, FERC staff invites you to … Continue reading ?

GOP pipeline bill would block safety reforms

“A pipeline bill offered by House Republicans on Wednesday would block some safety reforms and ignores other recent safety recommendations made by accident investigators in response to a deadly natural gas explosion last year near San Francisco.”

GOP pipeline bill would block safety reforms – Forbes.com

Posted in news | Leave a comment

Reports of solar’s death are greatly exaggerated

“The solar company Solyndra recently filed for bankruptcy, which media reports have depicted as the end of solar power in the U.S. This is like saying there is no future for the internet because Netscape went out of business.” Vote Solar

Posted in news | Leave a comment

Limited Time for New Yorkers to Weigh in on their Energy Future

Two reports were released this week, which both launched distinct public commentary periods. On Wednesday, September 7th, simultaneously to the largest natural gas protest in the United States as of yet, which occurred in Philadelphia, the New York DEC (Department … Continue reading ?

NYTimes Reports Inadequacies of Pipeline Regulatory System

The Exxon spill at Yellowstone, the Enbridge spill in the Kalamazoo; more than 100 significant spills each year . . . Experts say the PHMSA is chronically short on staff and leaving too much control in the hands of pipeline operators. Agency … Continue reading ?

Draft EIS for Spectra Pipeline is Released; Public Comment Period Opens — Deadline is Oct. 31

FERC has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Spectra pipeline project. As expected, FERC has recommended approval of the pipeline, stating repeatedly that Spectra’s mitigation suggestions are adequate to protect residents in New York and New Jersey. This recommendation … Continue reading ?

San Bruno explosion: “A failure of the entire system”

San Bruno explosion

This gallery contains 3 photos.

From The Los Angeles Times: The National Transportation Safety Board also said PG&E exploited the lack of monitoring by regulators, who mistakenly placed “blind trust” in the utility. San Bruno pipeline explosion: ‘A failure of the entire system’ – latimes.com The New … Continue reading ?

Rising price of gas could affect co-op/condo owners

gas price chart

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Intense demand for gas in Asian markets, combined with overstated reserves, is likely to lead to increased domestic prices for natural gas. For building owners in NYC who are affected by new heating oil rules, this is cause for deep … Continue reading ?

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