With every new pipeline, compressor station and export terminal proposed, new communities throughout the country are experiencing for the first time what communities on the front lines of extraction have lived with for generations – the forced sacrifice of their water, air and land for the profit of the extraction industry.
And just as they’ve done in the past, our government officials are rolling out the red carpet in the form of regulatory loopholes, tax-payer handouts, and all the media and PR cover money can buy.
While disheartening, this latest wave of extreme energy development also provides brand new opportunities to strengthen our movement. By building active solidarity among our diverse communities we can coordinate national resistance against all parts of the extreme energy production line.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
4:00 PM to 70:00 PM
780 Third Avenue, between 48th and 49th St
Residents of Minisink, NY, and The Mothers Project, founded by Angela Monti Fox, will be mounting a peaceful demonstration outside of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Midtown offices on Tuesday, July 9th, from 4pm to 7pm. Together they are calling on the Senator to publicly stand with the community of Minisink, which has been entrenched in a groundbreaking case against the natural gas industry, and is now headed to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
For two years, residents of Minisink, a small town in Orange County, home to many organic farms, young families and a large contingent of 9/11 First Responders with health issues, have waged an unusually spirited resistance to a 12, 260 horsepower compressor station sited in a bucolic area in which over 200 families live within ½ mile. Construction was permitted before a final legal determination, and now the facility is on-line. Speakers at the rally are to include Angela Monti Fox, 9/11 First Responder and advocate John Feal, of the Fealgood Foundation, and several Minisink residents who will speak to their personal experience.
“While many in New York are against the grave dangers that fracking poses, most are not very aware of the infrastructure that supports it and delivers fracked gas to their kitchen stoves,” said Minisink resident, Asha Canalos. “There is a vast infrastructure of pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste storage facilities, etc., growing at a phenomenal speed in our state; terrible harm is already occurring to people who live near this build-out. And the dangers are not just local- we are in the watershed and farmlands that provide for New York City- so this infrastructure presents incredible new risks for city-dwellers an hour away, as well.”
If Minisink is successful, it will be the first community to have a compressor facility shut down and completely removed; this would be a historic legal precedent that would empower communities across the country. If Minisink loses this battle, it’s a sure victory for the industry in terms of expansion into residential and agricultural areas everywhere, nationally.
Organizers and their supporters will be meeting at 780 Third Ave, between 48th and 49th St at 4:00 pm. For more information about Minisink’s resistance, and the narrative of their struggle, visit StopMCS at www.stopmcs.org, as well as the affiliate group that formed in Minisink to connect regional grassroots organizations battling similar industry build-out, We The People Matter, at www.wethepeoplematter.org(here you can also view footage of Minisink’s last meeting with legislative aides). To learn more about The Mothers Project, visit www.mothersunitedforsustai