Pope Arrives, Hunger Strike Grows Against Oil & Gas

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Hunger Strike at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demanding No New Permits on Day 15

On the day the Pope arrived in Washington, DC, Beyond Extreme Energy entered the 15th day of their water-only fast, outside of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters, 888 1st St. NE, D.C. The fast, which began on September 8th, is calling on FERC to issue no new permits for oil and gas infrastructure.  Many of the fasters were inspired by Pope Francis’s call to address climate change.

The fast is growing as two women travelled across the country to join Beyond Extreme Energy’s 18-day fast at FERC). Their communities have been directly harmed by the permits FERC has issued or has pending regarding fracked gas The call for No New Permits is in line with Pope Francis’s call in his recent encyclical for the world’s leaders to immediately address the already devastating impacts of climate change – fueled by the burning of fossil fuels – especially on the poor who have contributed the least to the problem.

Pramilla Malick is the mother of four and a resident of Minisink, New York, where Millenium Pipeline, owned by parent company NiSource, built a compressor station. She says that FERC approved it over the concerns of residents about methane and other toxic emissions, and the risk of catastrophic explosion.

“FERC enables the egregious excesses of a predatory industry that destroys communities such as mine, where many of my neighbors have been forced to flee because of this FERC permit. Our stories, however, of being fracked-by-FERC forewarn of even deeper looming crises; a climate crisis, democracy crisis, and human crisis all in one. We need bold action by multitudes to change course, so that my children, your children, and all our children are not robbed of their right to a future.”

Francis Eatherington flew to Washington, D.C. from Oregon to join the fast. “I am here to help FERC understand that the Jordan Cove LNG Export Project on the Oregon coast and the 230-mile long Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline are reckless investments,” she says, “violating the laws of nature — the former being sited in an earthquake zone, the latter through forests prone to frequent forest fires. In fact, a forest fire is currently raging over part of the proposed route. It would also violate private property rights, as FERC is getting ready to issue a foreign company (Veresen, from Canada) the right to condemn the land of over 300 Oregonians to build the pipeline. And I’m one of those landowners. FERC will force me to host infrastructure that will lock us into using global warming fuels for at least the next 30 years.”

BXE will end the fast at noon on Friday, September 25, with a ceremony that will include music, brief statements, and a procession to honor the Planet and the People featuring BXE’s colorful and moving 50-foot anti-fracking banner, “The United Sates of Fracking,” around the FERC headquarters block. Five clergy members representing different faiths will present copies of the Pope’s encyclical to the five FERC commissioners.

Beyond Extreme Energy is an activist network of organizations and individuals that came together in 2014 to raise public awareness of the disastrous impacts of fracking, fracking infrastructure, proposed gas exports and other extreme energy extraction practices; to take direct action to stop them; and to promote an energy present and future of renewables and efficiency.

  • TazaDeCafe

    Regarding your great joy in the pope getting involved in the environmental crisis fabrication this big Washington circus is meant to facilitate the bringing in of Agenda 21 to micro-managed every aspect of OUR lives. Find out what Agenda 21 means by viewing some of Rosa Koire videos on the theme of Stealthy Control Plans underway, the sneaking in of Agenda 21 and here we have the pope in the media to get all you children on board with the environmental fabricated CRISIS ‘remedy’ (AGENDA 21).

    Regarding agenda 21, Alan Watt also goes into it. And you can download the Agenda 21 pdf online free.

    You have no idea of what’s been planned for the world, it’s a Global Agenda in scope. Listen to this audio file on the internet: –>>

    The Club of Rome, Originators of the Global Warming/Climate Change Scam –
    Alan Watt – May 30

  • kevinzeese

    People should google Agenda 21 so they can understan not to fear the fear mongering in the above comment.

  • TazaDeCafe

    You haven.t red the pdf on Agenda 21 have you yet with a short statement you invite other to disregard the danger that Agenda 21 presents which is Global In Scope. You’ll eventually have to have PERMISSION to bring a child on this earth if you let Agenda 21 get the upper hand.

    It is even possible that you are one of those who has been hired to PROMOTE the political Agenda 21, nobody knows you or what you do in life. If your house is on fire do you want to know about it or will to send the messenger away shouting “You are a fearmongerer!” ?

    Folks, please view Rosa Koire’s videos on Agenda 21 and also type in Alan Watt, Agenda 21, he is a Long Time Research who has gone Public with his studies (‘cutting through the matrix’ is his home page)

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