From Stephanie Low:


I am sorry to be a nuisance but extreme measures are called for in extreme times.  In the forwarded message below, under the red heading about the Spectra Pipeline hearing tonight there is a link to a sample letter listing reasons (explanations) why the gas terminal in the West Village is a terrible idea and how it commits us to fossil fuel and the destruction of NYS through fracking.

———- Forwarded message ———-

Join the Occupy Wall Street March to the Spectra Pipeline hearing. Meet at Zucotti Park TODAY at 4:30 p.m.

Gabrielle Engh of Sane Energy Project, Dave Publow of United for Action, and Goldi Merhige of Occupy Wall Street have organized a march to the Spectra pipeline hearing to be held today, Oct. 20th.

Marchers will leave Zuccotti Park at 5pm.

Arrive at 4:30pm and be prepared to leave promptly at 5pm.

Meet at the sustainability table, near the prayer flags at the north edge of Zucotti Park, mid-block (look for the recycling gear and gray water recycling plant). Wear your best anti-frack gear and bring signs that say “BOOM” and “No Spectra Pipeline.” The marchers expect to arrive at the hearing by 6:30; the hearing starts at 7pm.

To reach Zucotti Park:
4, 5, 2, 3, J, M trains to Fulton Street

Look for the large red Mark Di Suvero sculpture at the park’s eastern edge. To join the march along the route, contact the organizers: Gabrielle: 347-339-0209; Goldi: 201-923-2432

If you oppose fracking, then this is one of the major ways we can stop it. This pipeline is a major infrastructure project that will enable the conversion of all of NYC’s buses, boilers and power plants to methane; it will encourage more fracking in PA and upstate NY. It will endanger lives and businesses downtown and in Jerey City and Staten Island. It will bring fracked and potentially radioactive gas to all 5 boroughs. A mass turnout is needed to draw media attention and make clear the level of opposition to this project. Thank you for your participation.

Please forward widely.

Spectra Pipeline Hearing 7pm TONIGHT!

WHERE: P.S. 41, Greenwich Village School Auditorium,
116 West 11th Street (between 6th/7th avenues) NY, NY 10011

WHAT: This is the FINAL public hearing on the pipeline and the LAST chance to offer verbal comment. (Written comments may be submitted until Oct 31st.) This is the LAST chance for citizens to make their opposition apparent to FERC, to city officials. and to the media.

PLEASE ATTEND and bring many friends!

HOW: We do not have further information regarding the process. It is typical that speakers will be restricted to 5 minutes. If you wish to speak, please arrive early to sign up. Not sure what to say? See this sample comment letter:

What’s next?

The public comment period extends through Oct. 31st. We will continue outreach to alert neighbors and hope you’ll join us at these events:

FRIDAY, Oct. 21st, New York Irish Center
10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
5 minutes from Grand Central; Vernon Blvd stop on 7 train
Screening of THE PIPE
A small Irish village fights off a massive gas pipeline–A story parallel to the Spectra pipeline
Bar opens 7:30pm; screening at 8
Followed by Q&A with a relative of director Risteard O’Domhnaill and Sane Energy Project

SUNDAY, OCT 23rd, Union Square Park, NYC
The Annual Green City Challenge–Ten teams compete in a race around New York that requires them to prove their knowledge of green living. An all-day festival offers great food and family-friendly activities. 11-6pm

What’s new?

It’s been a busy week for Sane Energy Project, and the Spectra pipeline project is finally gaining some media momentum:

A radio taping Monday night with Mitchell Rabin of A Better World on PRN focused on the radon issue, and featured Professor James Ring, whose DEC testimony was the basis of last week’s Sierra Club press release.

Treehugger‘s Matt McDermott reports on the pipeline and its connection to fracking:

And a feature by New York Times Green Blog writer Mireya Navarro appears to be in the works, and may appear in Friday’s paper. Stay tuned!


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