CRACK FERC OPEN
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BXE is planning a three-day sharing/training, art-build and action from June 23 – 25, beginning the morning of Saturday, June 23. Will you join us?
Our communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. Communities in the way of proposed new pipelines, compressor stations, storage and export facilities face toxic industrialization, eminent domain abuse, air, land and water pollution, and threats to health and safety. And our disrupted climate can only heal when jobs-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency have displaced fossil fuels, and people power has displaced corporate power.
For decades FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has supported the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries. It has rubber-stamped virtually all gas pipeline permit applications. It has confronted us and the rest of the country with a rigid, unified and punitive refusal to listen to grassroots concerns about communicide and climate change. This has led to a massive build-out of fracked gas infrastructure in many parts of the country, with all of the disruption and danger that come with it.
Recently, though, things are changing. Despite the Trump Administration’s full-throttle efforts to keep fossil fuel empires going, many cracks have been appearing in their foundations:
- Industry leaders are openly upset about the grassroots actions that have affected their plans.
- State and federal courts are beginning to delay or challenge FERC permits, efforts to subvert state powers over air and water quality, eminent domain abuse and actual pipeline construction.
- Fracked-gas prices are so low that some companies have gone bankrupt, while costs are increasing. Trump’s steel tariffs are hurting the pipeline industry.
- A broad range of groups are working together to get banks to stop financing extreme energy.
- Wind, solar and renewable storage technologies continue to grow, as low prices make them much more attractive, and this is happening worldwide.
- 2017 was the first year ever that both coal and gas declined in the electric power sector.
- Several states have stopped the construction of new gas-fired power plants, and resistance against them nationally is a big worry to the gas industry.
There are even cracks appearing at FERC: Commissioners voted unanimously to reject Rick Perry’s push to further subsidize coal and nukes. They voted, because of a court decision, to end a substantial tax break for pipeline companies. The new Democratic commissioner, Richard Glick, issued several strong dissents on pipeline permit applications; and there have been other dissents too. These can greatly help court challenges.
It is time to escalate at FERC. BXE is planning three days of sharing/training, art-building and action from June 23 – 25, beginning the morning of Saturday, June 23.
On June 23, we will take part in the DC national action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign. This will be the last of 40 days of action the PPC is organizing around the country. Following the demonstration we will gather in the late afternoon for a time of sharing, art-building and getting prepared for action at FERC and elsewhere the morning of Monday, June 25. We will spend all-day Sunday continuing that preparation and community-building.
We intend to devise actions that can further open up the cracks in FERC’s leadership and structure. In the past, BXE has had success in getting the attention of FERC employees, the media and others with nonviolent blockades, fasting, die-ins, days of silence, sidewalk feasts of pancakes and sweet potatoes, music, prayer and bird-dogging. We are also considering other locations where we could take action.
We urge you to sign up (click here!) for this convergence and action. It’s time to Crack FERC Open!
Food: Seeds of Peace will be cooking for us. There will be three meals a day.
Housing: Those who need housing are welcome to stay with us at St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton Street, Washington, DC). The church will be available from 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 to the morning of Tuesday, June 26. We will be sleeping on the floor, so please bring any and all bedding you will need to feel comfortable. Bathrooms and a showers ($1 per use for the shower) will be available. During the day, we will lock our items in a storage room at the church.
Schedule: We will gather for the Poor People’s Campaign event on the 23rd beginning at 9 am, on the mall at 10th and Jefferson St. SW, in front of the Smithsonian Castle, where we will have colorful, attractive t-shirts for people to wear, literature to pass out about June 25 and 26, and a 50-foot long mock pipeline. After the PPC rally and march to the Capitol, which begins at 10 am on the mall between 7th and 9th Sts and is expected to end by 2:30, we will head up to St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, for our art-build at 3:00 PM. We’ll spend that afternoon and evening time working with Kim Fraczak of the Sane Energy Project, who will be bottom-lining the art build and prop- and sign-making for BXE’s actions on June 25th and 26th. We’ll also have our first meal together, provided by Seeds of Peace.
Those who want to can stay overnight at St. Stephen’s: We’ll be sleeping on the floor, but people can use pew cushions, if you don’t bring a mat, along with your sleeping gear. There are bathrooms and a shower available for our use.
Sunday morning we’ll leave pretty early, storing our personal gear in a locked room. Seeds of Peace will provide breakfast. By 9 am we’ll gather at a nearby site for a day-long gathering. We’ll be there until 5 pm, getting to know each other, getting organized, building community, learning about one another’s pipeline fights, doing a nonviolent direct action training, hearing a legal update from our lawyer Mark Goldstone, etc. At 5 we’ll return to St. Stephen’s to finish our preparation for Monday’s big day of action.
Seeds of Peace will provide lunch and dinner.
People who want to will stay overnight Sunday night at St. Stephen’s: We’ll get up early Monday morning and leave for FERC for our activities there, as well as possibly other activities throughout the day (still in the consideration stage). One certainty is we’ll be taking action at the DC Convention Center where the World Gas Association just happens to be gathering for the first day of a four day conference. We’re also considering doing some bird-dogging of appropriate power structure players.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We will have a mix of activities. Some will involve a risk of arrest, and some will not. We need people willing to take part in each kind of activity to be successful.
Seeds of Peace will be providing food for us throughout the day Monday.
We will be staying overnight Monday night at St. Stephen’s. We’ll leave early so that we can we can get to Samuel Gompers Park, between 10th and 11th St. at Massachusetts and L St. NW, where we’ll gather at 8:30 am to get organized to go to the World Gas Conference where Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry is giving a keynote speech at 9 am.
Other items of note:
FERC’s review of its pipeline review process: Previous emails from us had reported that June 25 was the last day of a 60-day time period for comments to FERC about its (rubber-stamp) process of reviewing (approving) proposed gas pipelines and infrastructure. Because of pressure from organizations fighting pipelines, FERC has extended the period for comments until July 25. We’ll be delivering, in person, our message about what needs to change at FERC.
Noon rally at FERC on June 25: At noon at FERC, we will hold a rally featuring speakers from areas fighting against new gas pipelines or other fossil fuel infrastructure. Please contact us if you want to be sure to be on that list to speak
Luci Murphy to lead us in song: We’re pleased to report that Luci Murphy, long-time cultural warrior and activist, will be with us the afternoon of June 24 and 25 to contribute her beautiful and soulful voice in song to our efforts.
Nonviolence principles: We will be guided by these BXE nonviolence principles (click here to read them).
Poor People’s Campaign: The PPC is organized in more than 35 states, and it has held actions in those states three Mondays and the Tuesday after Memorial Day since they kicked off the 40 days of action campaign on May 14, the day after Mother’s Day. The final day of action will be June 23 in DC.
BXE is pleased to be part of this important, historic movement, and we urge everyone to take part as much as you can in the weekly actions.
Donations: We are asking that all taking part in the June 23-25/26 actions, especially those sleeping in St. Stephen’s Church and/or eating Seeds of Peace-provided food, donate to help cover costs. We are asking for a $35/day donation, but we welcome everyone, whether you can contribute $5/day or $100/day. No one will be turned away because of their financial status. Click here to make a much appreciated (and needed) donation.
350 Loudoun (https://350loudoun.org/)
Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Live (www.apppl.org)
AMP Creeks Council
Appalachians Against Pipelines
Berks Gas Truth (gastruth.org)
Berkshire Environmental Action Team (thebeatnews.org)
Better Path Coalition
Center for Biological Diversity (www.biologicaldiversity.org)
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (www.chesapeakeclimate.org)
Chesapeake Pipeline Resistance
Citizens Resistance at Fermi 2
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Earth Defense Coalition
ECHO Action NH: #FossilFree603 ( ECHOaction.org)
Food & Water Watch
Fossil Free Rhode Island
FreshWater Accountability Project(www FWAP.org)
Friends of the Earth
Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Society of New Haven
Howard County (MD) Climate Action
Lancaster Against Pipelines
Lowell Pipeline Resistance
New HavenLeon SCP
New Progressive Alliance (http://www.newprogs.org/)
New York Climate Action Group
NH Pipeline Resistance (PipelineFree603.org)
No Eastern Shore Pipeline (http://www.noeasternshorepipeline.org/)
North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE) (www.globalwarmingisreal.com)
NYC H2O (http://www.nych2o.org/)
OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (ohvec.org)
People Demanding Action (www.peopledemandingaction.org)
Protect Orange County
Resist the Pipeline
Roseland (NJ) Against the Compressor Station
Sane Energy Project (www.saneenergy.org)
The Shalom Center (https://theshalomcenter.org)
Shut Down Indian Point Now
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment
Sustainable Medina County, OH
Transition US (http://transitionus.org)
We Are Cove Point
Yoga For Peace, Justice, and Harmony with the Planet (https://www.reverbnation.com/amazingamycontortionistuniqueyogadancer)
New From BXE!
“No New InFRACKstructure 2018 Action Calendar”
Beyond Extreme Energy has decided to pull together and publish regularly a calendar of actions being planned, in the works or on-going. We will publish it at least every two weeks. It will be available on our website, and it will also be distributed via email and social media. It is a calendar primarily for actions aimed at stopping the building of any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Submissions for this listing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include location, date(s), description (short) and contact info.
The Action Calendar can be found here or in the menu on the left-hand side of our website.
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“My name is Molly Dunton and I live and work in DC, not far from FERC headquarters. I have the pleasure of working for the national environmental non-profit Earthworks, and I have the privilege of working with residents around the country that have been negatively impacted by extreme energy development. In other words, my job involves supporting communities that have been forsaken by FERC in the name of corporate profits. I may not live in a frontline or fenceline community, but I carry the voices of my partners on the the front lines with me into my work. My home is not currently threatened by one of FERC’s reckless project approvals, but when might it be? Regardless of how much or how little physical stake any of us has in a given project on FERC’s docket, this fight is personal.” Click here to read more from Molly on the January 2018 disruption of FERC’s Commission Meeting.
FERC doesn’t work – and it’s about to get worse. Trump’s pro-industry commissioners are ready to use their new rubber stamps to approve more fracked-gas pipelines while Congress pushes legislation to expand FERC’s authority. PLEASE head for FERC on Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. The change starts here. Click here for more details.
THREE ARRESTED AT HEARINGS FOR FERC NOMINEES
Three people were arrested as they interrupted Senate committee hearings for the last two Trump nominees to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. One of them, Andrew Hinz (top), who worked at FERC for 25 years, called out: “Have a conscience! FERC is destroying the atmosphere!” Read all about it at our blog post.
THREE ARRESTED TRYING TO BLOCK SENATE PANEL VOTE ON FERC COMMISSIONERS
Three people representing a coalition of nearly 170 groups were arrested disrupting a committee vote to advance the president’s nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They stood up and spoke out about FERC’s abusive practices and disregard for the environment. Read all about it at our blog post.
FIVE PROTESTERS DISRUPT FERC COMMISSIONER HEARING
BXE protesters disrupted hearings for President Trump’s nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, calling out “FERC hurts families, Shut FERC down!” and “FERC hurts families, FERC hurt towns” and “The future is watching.” Four were arrested and one detained. Read all about it and view photos and videos here.
Trump Nominates New FERC Commissioners, We Pledge Resistance
There is no such thing as a good FERC commissioner. Until Congress takes steps to replace the agency with one dedicated to a just transition off of fossil fuels, the Senate should oppose all nominations. It’s especially important to block appointments to FERC now because the agency is operating below quorum and any delays in the confirmation process is a delay to all of the harmful fracked gas infrastructure projects that are awaiting FERC’s rubber stamp. Read on here.
SWEET POTATOES, NOT PIPELINES
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a $5 billion high pressure fracked gas pipeline proposed for WV, VA, and NC. Among its many potential harms, it would negatively impact farmland and farm families along its 550 mile route. BXE’s sweet potato action gave voice to impacted communities in all three states while focusing on the particular concerns of sweet potato farmers in NC (NC is the nation’s leading producer of sweet potatoes).
Call to Oppose Trump’s FERC nominations
Call on Congress to stop or delay Trump’s nominations to FERC and push for what we really need: an agency dedicated to a just transition from fossil fuels. We’re asking communities across the nation to call key senators on March 22 & 23 and then again on April 5 & 6. Read all about it at our blog post.
[photo from E&E News]
Oppose Trump’s appointments to FERC
President Trump will appoint three people to the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If your organization would like stay connected to the effort to oppose the nominations, please fill out this form. We’ll be in touch about the ways we plan to pressure senators to vote no on these appointments, including potential actions and other ways to get involved. Questions or concerns? Contact Actions@BeyondExtremeEnergy.org
Please join us as we seek to pack the Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting in DC of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that ruins communities and our climate by rubber stamping fracked-gas infrastructure and much more. Facebook event page here. Also planned are speak-outs from people in front-line communities from 10 -10:30 a.m. and a rally from 10:30 – 11 30 a.m. Email us at Actions@BeyondExtremeEnergy.org for more information.
2. Demand withdrawal of militarized sheriff departments
3. Join the Mississippi Stand to shut down DAPL in Iowa
On Dec. 1, more than a hundred #NoDAPL actions across the world are kicking off a Global Month of #NoDAPL solidarity to #ProtectWater in the face of escalating human rights abuses. Join this Thunderclap by noon Dec. 1 to amplify our voices.
The financial footing of the Dakota Access Pipeline is in jeopardy if Energy Transfers does not complete the project by Jan. 1. If this deadline is missed, a majority of the shippers with contracts to use the pipeline will be able to renegotiate or cancel their contracts. Read more here. DNB Bank of Norway, one of the major financiers, has already sold its assets in the company due to public pressure and is considering withdrawing its loans.
Indigenous leaders are asking people to keep up the pressure on the investors of Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sheriff Departments that have been brutalizing peaceful water protectors.
#NoDAPL: BXE stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Indigenous leaders are calling on us to take action and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Actions in the United States, aimed at the Army Corps of Engineers, and around the globe are planned Tuesday, Nov. 15. Find an action near you here. (And no surprise here: The incoming president has up to $1 million invested in this pipeline. )
Straw bales needed: The Standing Rock camps are having problems getting straw bales for construction and insulation. North Dakota and South Dakota sources are drying up and refusing to sell or deliver to Standing Rock. Please spread the word that straw bales are needed; transportation can be worked out. With the first significant snow expected this week, firewood and winterizing will be needed. Please share and refer folks so we can make sure #protectors and families are cared for during the harsh winter ahead.
Beyond Extreme Energy supports the Standing Rock Sioux’s stand against the 1,134-mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Read about the protectors on our blog post and about a New Haven, CT, solidarity protest here. Read all about BXE’s solidarity action at TD bank branches in DC here.
BXE has created a Frontline Community Support Fund. Read all about it in our blog post.
BXE activists blockade the entrance to the Democratic National Committee offices. Read all about it in our blog post.
Beyond Extreme Energy extreme? Not at all. Read all about it at our blog post.
BXE activists interrupted U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to carry the message of “No LNG Exports” to the Virginia Energy Forum. Read all about it at our blog post.
THE RUBBER STAMP REBELLION IS HERE
On the sidewalk in front of FERC, Beyond Extreme Energy and other activists talk about that agency’s destructive permits. They implored FERC commissioners to join them for pancakes cooked on a solar stove and topped with the last syrup from Megan Holleran’s maple trees, which were cut down for a pipeline. Filmmaker Josh Fox, Holleran and five others were arrested in the #PancakesNotPipeline action. Read all about it at the BXE blog. (Photo via Twitter by Eleanor Goldfield at Art Killing Apathy.) Also, be sure to view Josh Fox’s short film about the Holleran family, their maple trees, climate change and the #PancakesNotPipelines action at FERC.
Led by Nancy Vann, a Peekskill landowner whose property was taken by Spectra for pipeline construction, several New York residents stood up at FERC’s March public meeting to ask the commissioners why they have ignored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s urgent request to halt construction on Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project. Protesters, including Cari Gardner (above), were forcibly removed from the room. Read the full report at the BXE blog here.
BXE hails FERC’s rejection of the Jordan Cove LNG facility and related pipeline in Oregon. It is one of many projects BXE has targeted during actions at FERC. During BXE’s 18-day water-only fast at FERC last fall, Francis Eatherington, above, was roughly led out of a FERC meeting while trying to explain her concerns about the project. Read BXE’s and Eatherington’s reaction at our blog here.
Dozens from around the county rallied in March against Dominion’s planned fracked-gas liquefaction and export facility at Cove Point. Read about Cove Point Spring Break here.
Protests are mounting against Duke Energy’s plans to “modernize” with yet another generation of fossil-fuel powered plants. Read Steve Norris’ BXE blog post here.
Several BXE activists have been in northeastern Pennsylvania to stand with a family and community trying to stop the clearing of maple trees for the 124-mile long Constitution Pipeline. Tree-chopping has begun. Read blog posts by Ted Glick of BXE here and here.
ResistAIM defenders block work on Spectra’s fracked-gas pipeline under the Hudson River. Read all about it at the BXE blog here.
In a carefully coordinated, rolling cross-country action, Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) and Stop the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline (SWRL) delivered humorous but pointed Valentine’s Day cards (such as above) to the four FERC commissioners at their homes and DC residences. A press release is here. Press coverage here and here. To send a belated card, grab your paste, markers, fancy doily hearts and construction paper (or print out our #valentine) and get all the details here.
More Than 80 Health Professionals Demand Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Stop Unethical Experiment
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View FERC’s official calendar here.