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

Hudson Valley Earth First! action camp! December 1,2,3 and 4.

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Come join Hudson Valley Earth First! for an action camp! December 1,2,3
and 4. We will be offering workshops, climb training, and most importantly
campaign updates. The Hudson Valley faces many fossil fuel
infrastructure projects- all gearing up for construction as we speak.
Learn about the Valley Lateral Pipeline, Lego Land theme park project,
the Competitive Power Ventures Power Plant, and more. Come find out how
to plug into the local resistance. We need all hands on deck.

Location: Hudson Valley. Exact location TBA.
RSVP/ ask questions by emailing hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net.
https://hudsonvalleyearthfirst.org/We will be offering workshops, climb training, and most importantly
campaign updates. The Hudson Valley faces many industrial
infrastructure projects- all gearing up for construction as we speak.
Learn about the Valley Lateral Pipeline, Lego Land theme park project,
the Competitive Power Ventures Power Plant, and more. Come find out how
to plug into the local resistance. We need all hands on deck.

Location: Hudson Valley. Exact location TBA.
RSVP/ ask questions by emailing hudsonvalleyearthfirst@riseup.net.
https://hudsonvalleyearthfirst.org/

NYS DEC denies water permit for pipeline to CPV fracking Power Plant, HVEF! Vows to make this temporary victory become a permanent one

This past Wednesday, the NYS DEC denied the remaining permits for Millennium’s 7.8 mile Valley Lateral Pipeline slated for Orange County NY. The permits were denied on a conditional basis, with the DEC stating that FERC (federal energy regulatory commission) did not adequately address the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of natural gas that the pipeline projectwould be transporting to the CPV Power plant. FERC is now being asked by the DEC to “reopen the evidentiary record” for the project to hear additional information about greenhouse gas emissions associated with the plant.

While we love being surprised, FERC is known for being a rubber stamp agency for good reason. They are literally made up of people who have worked for the oil and gas industry and hardly ever reject a project. Now, that doesn’t mean the DEC gets a pass, because the same day they denied permits for the Valley Lateral, they approved permits for millennium’s Eastern System Upgrade. Therefore, we at HVEF! don’t trust any of these people to defend our bioregion and the water, land and air so many call home (human and nonhuman).

After fighting the corrupt CPV project for years, we believe it is time for those fighting these projects to expand beyond writing letters and calling representatives. While they can be valid tactics, they should have never been the only one’s being prioritized and now that the plant is 80% finished, direct action is needed now more than ever. The delay of the pipeline should be a call to action, not to complacency.

It is time to take matters into our own hands.

Let’s make sure this temporary victory becomes a permanent one.