Think fracking hasn't come to New York or New Jersey? Think again. The drilling boom that's devastating communities from North Dakota to Dimock, Pennsylvania is also driving a mad rush to build new pipelines, compressor stations and offshore ports to transport fracked gas. We're also facing two newly proposed Bakken crude oil pipelines from Albany NY to Linden NJ. At the same time we're living with the continued expansion of oil bomb trains rolling right outside our homes, schools and businesses. Wherever you live or work in NJ or NY, you are now near extreme energy infrastructure. Thankfully, people across the region are connecting the dots. This May we will unite our struggles to defend our health, safety, drinking water and our homes from extreme energy development.
On May 16-18, join thousands of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans for 48 Hours of Actions for Safe Clean Energy!
Here's a list of actions currently planned. Visit http://bit.ly/Act4CleanEnergy for more details and to RSVP for an action near you.
May 16 - Sandy Hook
Participate in a briefing on the proposed Port Ambrose LNG project, and stay afterwords for a Potluck Picnic and Leafleting! Meet at 1pm at the office of Clean Ocean Action, 18 Hartshorn Drive, Highlands, NJ. Meet at the Clean Ocean Action office, which is located near the entrance of Fort Hancock toward the North end of Sandy Hook. Look for the picnic tables behind building 18, which is the first yellow building on the bay side of the Sandy Hook. Potluck picnic to follow.
May 16th – Easthampton, NJ
Join us for a Picnic and Teach-in on the proposed Pinelands Pipelines. We will meet at 1:00pm on May 16th at the Visitor Center in the Main Park Entrance on Meade Ln., off of Smithville Rd., and walk to a nearby picnic area for a picnic and discussion on how the pipelines increase our dependence on fossil fuels and how we are going to stop these pipelines. Following the teach-in we will hand out flyers and walk along the trails of Smithville Park. Please bring your own picnic lunch and comfortable walking shoes."
May 16 - New Egypt
Join us for a picnic and teach-in on the proposed Southern Reliability Pipeline at 11:00am on May 16th. Learn how increased fracking and the expansion of pipeline projects throughout New Jersey threaten our environment, health and safety. Network with local activists and learn how you can take action with friends and neighbors in your community to oppose the SRL pipeline and support a clean renewable energy future. Plumstead Recreation Park, Brynmore Road (park in lot between Cedar St & Brindletown Road). To RSVP please contact Lauren Petrie at email@example.com or 516-848-2863.
May 16 - Pennington
Join us for an afternoon of tabling at the Pennington Day Festival with the Hopewell Township Citizens Against PennEast Pipeline. Help educate the public, distribute information, collect signatures, and send tweets to FERC in opposition of the PennEast Pipeline. Main Street in Pennington from 10am - 4pm. To RSVP please contact Lauren Petrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-848-2863.
May 17 - Linden - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pilgrim Pipeline proposes to pump 400,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil per day through our protected watershed lands and densely populated communities on its route from Albany, NY to the Bayway Refinery in Linden, NJ. At the same time, we're living with an exponential increase in the number of oil trains carrying millions of gallons of explosive Bakken Crude within feet of our schools, hospitals and businesses. Join us for the No Pipelines, No Oil Bomb Trains: Rally and Teach-in, part of 48 Hours of Actions for Safe Clean Energy. We will meet in Memorial Park across from the Bayway Refinery to hear from community members, educators and organizers about the very real impacts that Bakken Crude transport brings to our communities. We will also connect our struggle to the broader movement for safe, clean energy. Stick around after the rally for performances from renowned local musicians. We look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to bring friends and a picnic lunch to enjoy your day in the park. The event will be held in Military Park, at the
intersection of Main St. and S. Wood Ave., Linden, NJ
May 17 - Teaneck - 1:00 PM - 3:30PM
A Danger Zone March to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains will begin at 1 pm on May 17 in Teaneck, NJ. The 1.5 mile march includes stops at vulnerable sites to an oil bomb train derailment including schools, ambulance and fire stations, businesses and a heavily used park. We hope you will join us! We will assemble for the march at 1pm at Sagamore Park (corner of Windsor Road at Beatrice Street), and conclude with a 2:30 p.m. rally in Teaneck’s Votee Park (at Palisade Ave. and Court Street).
RSVP to CoalitiontoBanUnsafeOilTrains@gmail.com
May 17 - Mahwah - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A Hike to the Proposed Route of the Pilgrim Oil Pipeline through the Ramapo Mountains will begin at 10am on May 17th in Mahwah, NJ. The event features a 3 mile round trip hike followed by a teach in on pipelines and their impact through the ecologically sensitive NJ Highlands. There are also opportunities for community outreach and education in the Ramapo park that day.
May 18 - Trenton
On May 18th at 9am, join the NJ Mama Summit to show broad and united support for children’s health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan setting, we will demand action to protect the air our children breathe and call for action on climate change. Join the Mama Summit at the New Jersey State House, Committee Room 6, 125 W State St. in Trenton. Questions? Contact email@example.com
May 18 - Albany
People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE) is organizing a press conference against Oil Bomb Trains on Monday, May 18th around lunchtime at Capitol Park West. There will be speakers, live music, food and opportunities for leafletting and petitioning at a big outdoor market being held there. Contact Diana for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
May 18 - Kingston, NY - 4:30 - 5:30pm
Celebrating over 50 municipal and county resolutions opposing Pilgrim Pipelines in New York and New Jersey, the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines – NY (CAPP-NY) is launching its campaign with a press conference and rally on Monday, May 18th. The groups aim to stop Pilgrim Pipelines from being built, while also pressing to ban dangerous rail cars and barges carrying Bakken Shale crude oil, citing threats to rivers and streams, drinking water, climate, public health and safety, and to the regional economy.
What: Rally for Safe Clean Energy
When: 4:30 – 5:30 PM Monday, May 18th 2015.
Where: Ulster County Courthouse, 285 Wall Street, Kingston New York 12401
Speakers: Carl Chipman, Supervisor, Rochester; Joe Croce, Supervisor, Plattekill; Jen Metzger, Citizens for Local Power and Councilmember, Town of Rosendale; Kathy Nolan, MD, pediatrician
Visuals: Large oil pipeline dripping (fake) black oil; banners, signs, advocates for clean healthy energy
Contact: Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines-New York: Iris Marie Bloom (845) 687-7810, email@example.com
And there will be more actions added in the coming days!
It's clear that fracking and extreme energy infrastructure put us all at risk. Perhaps less well known is that none of it is necessary. Developed nations throughout the world are already transitioning away from fossil fuels and towards a safe and clean energy future. Here in New York and New Jersey, we rank among the leaders in US solar energy production, and have vast offshore wind resources which are now cost competitive with fossil fuel generation. What we lack is the political will to facilitate the transition. We need bold leadership and smart policies to move us towards a healthy, just and resilient economy for the future. Investments in efficiency and clean renewables will create good paying, long lasting jobs, while improving public health and safety for all.
Join us May 16th to the 18th for 48 Hours of Actions for Safe Clean energy!
Visit http://bit.ly/Act4CleanEnergy for more details and to RSVP.
Questions about the actions, or interested in supporting local organizing? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
48 Hours of Actions for Safe Clean Energy is endorsed by 350NJ, Sane Energy Project, Cornucopia Network of NJWaterspirit, National Organization for Women NJ Chapter, Protecting Our Waters, Food & Water Watch, New Jersey, Clean Ocean Action, Environment New Jersey, Clean Water Action New Jersey, PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and West Jersey Group of Sierra Club.