Winter is still here! Spring is coming!

As winter continues and we approach spring, we are reflecting on our tree sit and other efforts this winter to stop the destructive projects that threaten our bioregion. We are still here and have some exciting and new projects/actions to come. Please stay in touch and you will be hearing from us soon. In the meantime, if you have some extra cash, please consider donating to help fund us moving into the spring. Anything helps and we really appreciate it!

https://fundly.com/support-the-campaign-against-the-valley-lateral-pipeline

Tree Sit Launched in Path of Mountain Valley Pipeline

from Its Going Down

The following press release was sent to It’s Going Down and announces an active tree-sit, ‘Peters Mountain Stand,’ in West Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). For background information on pipelines in West Virginia, go here to listen to our podcast interview with a local organizer. For other updates, go to Appalachians Against Pipelines.

Today, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC set out to continue preparation for a horizontal drill pad on the West Virginia side of Peters Mountain. Contractors hired by the company arrived at the site this afternoon to find a number of resisters had already taken to the trees.

After almost a month of delays from their intended construction date, and in anticipation of a cease as a result of federally protected species, MVP is rushing to begin the intensive process of boring a hole through the mountain. The 125-foot easement surrounding the drill site is now thoroughly defended. 

The company intends to construct the 42-inch natural gas pipeline in eleven simultaneous sections. However, that plan is being complicated as the company awaits permits from FERC and faces nearly three hundred defiant landowners refusing to sign easements. 

While things are held up here, trees are being cut one hundred miles north to prepare for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Fuck ‘em. An encampment has formed and continues to grow in the proposed pathway.

Dominion Energy, the monopolizing parasite, needs the ACP to get built so they can export natural gas for profit. West Virginians or Virginians won’t see any of that money while bearing the destructive consequences of extraction and construction.

We know that resource extraction and the exploitation inherent to it is not new to Appalachia—it’s scarred into the land. We stand in solidarity with all those who have fought for their communities and against corporate greed. We recognize that the struggle we continue today began in 1492. Our struggle against these pipelines remains a struggle against settler-colonialism.

All of this is to say that our struggle is far from over. 
They haven’t even begun.

In solidarity,
Peters Mountain Stand

To donate to folks resisting the MVP in Virginia and West Virginia, please consider donating here, and spread the link to your friends, families, and networks.

Hudson Valley Earth First! Ends Tree Sit On Their Own Terms

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WAWAYANDA, New York-The New year-

Hudson Valley Earth First! has decided to end the tree sit against the Valley Lateral Pipeline. The tree sit lasted a full 23 days, and was effective in causing the pipeline company to reroute their project around the protest. Due to these circumstances and others, The brave individual(s) who occupied it have left for the time being. No one was arrested. Too often these types of protests have no time line other than when the forces of repression deign to intervene. By keeping our comrades warm and free, we can ensure that they might be (a)effective in the continued fight to defend the wild. Our goal has not been to fight an arrest in court as if this is a civil rights or civil disobedience issue. We already know the law and the court system does not side with the health of every day people, the wild, or this planet. Millennium pipeline, the FERC agency, and New York State have already proven this. This project has a 6 month time line, there is still forest and other habitats to be defended, and things are heating up(metaphorically) here in the North as this fight continues. Email us if you would like to attend our upcoming action camp and climb training or plug in more generally.

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We do not rely upon a series of court dates and permit grantings to dictate when we should or should not put up a fight. A granted permit does not mean the fight is over. Even the eagles abandoning their nest does not mean an end to this fight. Eagles nests and other fragile habitats are still being threatened because of this project, and because of the many other projects coming to the North East such as the Cricket Valley Power Plant and the Pilgrim Pipeline, just to name a few.

Our goal is to network and connect with inspired folks in this region to build a culture of resistance against this project and the many others. We believe in a diversity of tactics. A lot of work has been done by various groups on the ground for years against this project, ranging from direct actions with folks from Protect Orange County locking themselves together to block the entrance to the CPV Power Plant, to petitions and court hearings, to pressuring the DEC to do their job, to the most recent tree sit. All of these tactics combined have caused a lot of trouble for Millennium and CPV. We can continue to build strength through this fight, and network to create a strong basis for future fights.
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Repression of Activists: Millennium Pipeline’s Restraining Order Against Earth First!

Protect Orange County made a call for folks to show up as court support for one of their members. Millennium pipeline attempted to place a restraining order on this person for their actions of recording Millennium’s work on the pipeline right of way and staging grounds. Luckily, this restraining order was dropped. Unfortunately a restraining order was in fact placed that day against “John and Jane Doe” of the tree sit, and our media spokesperson, Rudy Tacos. This was clearly a move to intimidate. The restraining order was read to the tree, and left at its base where it proceeded to decompose under snow fall until a cop walked away with it. The restraining order against Rudy Tacos of course had no basis, as our media spokes person did not even know the location of the sit, nor had ever set foot on the public street near by. While this action taken by Millennium seems harmless, the truth is that there is a serious problem when a corporation can take legal actions against people whose identity they don’t even know. When a corporation can take legal action against unknown people- then they can pick and choose whoever they want to take action against whether or not that person has done anything or not. When corporations can pick people off the street and lock them into court battles, and even saddle them with charges and eventual punishment, no one is safe. This is a tactic of repression aimed to cause fear and self policing among activist communities. Many news stations refused to interview us because we would not reveal our real names. This is exactly why. We would rather keep ourselves safe from repression such as this, than land an interview that plasters our names in a newspaper when really, our names our not important.

Hudson Valley Earth First! Santa Declares Millennium Pipeline and Competitive Power Ventures on Most Naughty List And Shuts Down Local Office

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WAWAYANDA, New York-December 18 2017- Santa Claus came to Wawayanda, New York early this year to support the Hudson Valley Earth First! tree sit campaign and to bring a bag of coal to the offices of Millennium Pipeline. He also praised the brave work of the tree sit blockade that has stopped and slowed work on the construction of the 7.8 mile Valley Lateral pipeline for 10 days now. Santa’s visit was a highlight of the Hudson Valley Earth First! rally to support the tree sit that took place Monday at 10 am and successfully shutdown Millennium Pipeline offices for the morning.

Upon his arrival Santa said:  “I have this bag of coal to deliver to the dirtiest nastiest most-no-good polluter around. I was flying over a while ago and a lovely and kind person sitting in a tree told me to head this way. They told me that the people that come in and out of this office are destroying forests and disturbing bald eagles, and that they climbed up the tree over yonder to try and stop it, and seeing that to be just about the bravest most inspiring story of do-gooding I have heard this year, I thought I better come over and share my appreciation for their courage by delivering one dirty fossil fuel to another as this company (pointing at the Millennium offices) is trying to dress natural gas up with fancy
talk and lies, but the truth is that gas fuels nothing but climate change.”

Santa also read out a statement from the Tree sitter:

“We need people to come out here and stop work in meaningful ways. They haven’t cut these few trees around me but I’ve seen so much work continue. Every day I watch more trees cut and every night I hear less coyotes and other wild life noises as they flee what was once wild. Capitalism and corporate greed will continue to destroy the land and creatures in the name of progress. When all else fails, when the justice system serves no justice and collectives are moved to take direct action seeing no other options, the state supposedly based on freedom will suppress and criminalize activists. Please come out here, see what destruction is being done. Form a group and DO something about it. You don’t have to be a saint to do something good for this earth.”

Earth First! Santa also read out a list of the naughty and nice. Millennium Pipeline, Competitive Power Ventures, The Valley Lateral Pipeline, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo topped the naughty list for their active participation in the destruction of the planet and the killing of endangered species and habitats. For all present Santa invited those on the nice list to come and share what they wished for
this solstice. The wished for the stopping of this and all other dirty pipeline construction projects, to save the bald eagles, bog turtles, and Indianan bats, and all other critters of this planet, to bring an end to the attacks on the indigenous peoples of the world, and to live in harmony with the bioregion. Santa gave them gifts, and they sang eco-carols like “Climate Change is Coming to Town.”

Background:

Hudson Valley Earth First has established tree sit blockades in the path of the Valley Lateral Pipeline to stop its construction and to save the forest. On December 8th, 2017, Millennium Pipeline Company started clearing trees for the Valley Lateral Pipeline, which would connect fracked natural gas from the existing Millennium Pipeline to the scandal-ridden, toxic Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Power Plant. Area activists have tried every other mechanism for stopping the construction of this pipeline, however the state of New York, the federal government, and the courts have failed to protect these woods and the species that live in and around them.  If this 7.8 mile pipeline is completed, it would run through ecosystems which contain, and have the potential to contain, endangered species such as the Bald Eagle(a mating pair is known to live 30 feet from the right-of-way), the Indiana Bat, and the Bog Turtle. Additionally, if the CPV plant is fueled, the pollution from the plant release tons of chemicals known to increase cancer and asthma rates in nearby areas. This pipeline is the bottleneck to stopping this plant. Aides to Gov. Cuomo and CPV executives go to trial in January over a bribery scandal.
Also, if the pipeline is stopped before August 2018, the CPV plant will likely go bankrupt and this beautiful bioregion will be spared from further ecological destruction. After nearly 10 years of calling our government officials and light disruptions, we are out of options.

Contact:
We have posted a wishlist on facebook and you can donate here: https://fundly.com/support-the-campaign-against-the-valley-lateral-pipeline
hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net
https://www.facebook.com/HVEarthFirst/
https://hudsonvalleyearthfirst.org/
(845)670-5149

Hudson Valley Earth First! Maintain Tree Sits to Stop Valley Lateral Pipeline—Day 2

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WAWAYANDA, New York- December 10 2017- Members of Hudson Valley Earth First! have established tree sit blockades in the path of the Valley Lateral Pipeline to stop its construction and to save the forest. On December 8th, 2017, Millennium Pipeline Company started clearing trees for the Valley Lateral Pipeline, which would connect fracked natural gas from the existing Millennium Pipeline to the scandal-ridden, toxic Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Power Plant. Courts and government will never protect the land, but these brave beings have put their lives on the line to save endangered species and sacred wilderness.

Day 2: We have a direct update from one of our treesitters: “Cut trees leading toward wetlands and eagles nest and to wetlands and farm fields and forests where I hear cutting. Pretty quiet where I am.
Swaying in the breeze a bit this morning. Trying to keep snow from getting in warm bags and that’s working well. This fight is only beginning and this is the first known actual treesit in the Hudson
valley ever. We need more affinity groups willing to take action against these projects and their world. CPV. Millennium. Legoland and that which destroys this bioregion. Minisink Lenape indigenous land.”
For More Updates and Photos Hudson Valley Earth First! Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HVEarthFirst/

If this 7.8 mile pipeline is completed, it would run through ecosystems which contain, and have the potential to contain, endangered species such as the Bald Eagle(a mating pair is known to live 30 feet from the right-of-way), the Indiana Bat, and the Bog Turtle. Additionally, if the CPV plant is fueled, the pollution from the plant release tons of chemicals known to increase cancer and asthma rates in nearby areas.

This pipeline is the bottleneck to stopping this plant. Aides to Gov. Cuomo and CPV executives go to trial in January over a bribery scandal. Also, if the pipeline is stopped before August 2018, the CPV plant will likely go bankrupt and this beautiful bioregion will be spared from further ecological destruction. After nearly 6 years of fighting this project, we are running out of options.

Tree sits are a form of aerial blockade where individuals rig themselves in trees or sit on a small platforms hoisted into trees to prevent the cutting of that tree. Additionally the rigging of the treesitter’s platform can be attached to other trees to protect an entire area of forest. This tactic relies upon the unwillingness of a logger/company to take human life in the pursuit of economic enterprise, like the building of an unnecessary and polluting pipeline. Tree sits can be long term endeavors, and Hudson Valley Earth First! is prepared to stay in the trees as long as it takes to protect the wild!!

hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net
https://www.facebook.com/HVEarthFirst/

Active Treesit in Hudson Valley Needs Support

by Hudson Valley Earth First! / Earth First! Newswire

Yesterday, December 8, Millennium Pipeline Company began clearing trees for the Valley Lateral Pipeline which would fuel the Competitive Power Ventures Fracked Gas Plant in Wawayanda, NY. This morning, December 9, a treesitter was discovered in the path of pipeline right-of-way, blocking further destruction of endangered Bald Eagle, Indiana Bat, and Bog Turtle habitat and stop the almost completed power plant from ever being fueled. This is the end game. Officials from CPV have stated they could go bankrupt as soon as August 2018 if the power plant is not fueled by then. This pipeline is the bottleneck to stopping this plant. Aides to Gov. Cuomo and CPV executives are set to go to trial in January over a bribery scandal. With tree clearing season only running til the end of March, this campaign is winnable. Hudson Valley Earth First! needs your assistance. If you’re able to come and help defend this bio-region, get in contact at hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net

 Also, if the pipeline is stopped before August 2018, the CPV plant will likely go bankrupt and this beautiful bioregion will be spared from further ecological destruction. After nearly 10 years of calling our government officials and light disruptions, we are out of options.

If you would like to support this campaign, but cannot come out, please consider donating to our fundly that will help us supply actions, keep treesitters warm (it’s cold as fuck) and any potential legal funds. NOTE: Our current campaign actually has ZERO dollars, we updated an old fundly page. DONATE: https://fundly.com/hudson-valley-earth-first-action-fund

Hudson Valley Earth First Take To The Trees To Block Valley Lateral Pipeline

WAWAYANDA, New York-December 9 2017- Hudson Valley Earth First has established a one person tree sit blockade in the path of the Valley Lateral Pipeline to stop its construction and to save the forrest. On December 8th, 2017, Millennium Pipeline Company started clearing trees for the Valley Lateral Pipeline, which would connect fracked natural gas from the existing Millennium Pipeline to the scandal-ridden, toxic Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Power Plant. Area activists have tried every other mechanism for stopping the construction of this pipeline, however the state of New York, the federal government, and the courts have failed to protect these woods and the species that live in and around them.

 

If this 7.8 mile pipeline is completed, it would run through ecosystems which contain, and have the potential to contain, endangered species such as the Bald Eagle(a mating pair is known to live 30 feet from the right-of-way), the Indiana Bat, and the Bog Turtle. Additionally, if the CPV plant is fueled, the pollution from the plant release tons of chemicals known to increase cancer and asthma rates in nearby areas.

This pipeline is the bottleneck to stopping this plant. Aides to Gov. Cuomo and CPV executives go to trial in January over a bribery scandal. Also, if the pipeline is stopped before August 2018, the CPV plant will likely go bankrupt and this beautiful bioregion will be spared from further ecological destruction. After nearly 10 years of calling our government officials and light disruptions, we are out of options.

If you would like to support this campaign, but can not come out, please consider donating to our fundly that will help us supply actions, keep tree sitters warm(it’s cold as fuck) and any potential legal funds.

NOTE: Our current campaign actually has ZERO dollars, we updated an old fundly page. DONATE: https://fundly.com/hudson-valley-earth-first-action-fund