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.

DEC reviewing 6,000 comments on power plant’s pipeline permit

About 6,000 comments are under review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation over whether to grant a key permit to Millennium Pipeline Company for a pipeline to supply gas to Competitive Power Ventures’ Wawayanda power plant.

The DEC is considering whether to grant permits to Millennium, which has proposed a 7.8-mile, $57.3 million underground pipeline that would feed natural gas to CPV’s $900 million Valley Energy Center. The 650-megawatt plant is being built on Route 6 and is due to go online next year.

In July, the DEC began accepting public comment regarding the water quality permits for the pipeline. The project has been approved by federal regulators but is conditioned on getting state certificates. Without the permits, Millennium can’t begin construction. Without Millennium’s pipeline, the power plant won’t have a permanent fuel supply.

“DEC subjects all applications for environmental permits to a transparent and exhaustive review process that encourages public input at every step. DEC is carefully reviewing and considering all application information and public comments received prior to making a final decision regarding the proposed project’s Water Quality Permit,” the DEC said in a statement.

The DEC stopped accepting comments on Aug. 4 and has said it will make a decision on the permit by Aug. 30. On July 21, Millennium asked federal regulators to approve the project by Aug. 31, arguing the DEC waived its right to issue the water quality permit because it hasn’t acted in time. The DEC has urged federal regulators to deny that request.

jnani@th-record.com

Water Protectors Climate Defenders Sent Off To Jail for blocking CPV construction site

 #WaterProtectors and #ClimateDefenders Actor and Activist James Cromwell, mother Pramilla Malick, and Grandmother Madeline Shaw, reported to the Orange County Jail for their efforts to defend clean air, water, and a livable future for children, by trying to #StopCPV

There was a press conference at 2pm and then rally at the site todaybefore caravaning to the Orange County jail where they will say goodbye as they serve a week long sentence.

For more details go here:https://www.facebook.com/Protect-Orange-County-624945397520545/