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DEP Public Hearing: Adelphia Compressor Station Lower Chichester

December 04, 2018

Hosted by Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety and Clean Air Council

7PM – 9 PM

Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building, 1410 Market Street, Linwood, PA 19061

Speak Out and Be Heard!

Adelphia Gateway, LLC is proposing to repurpose an existing pipeline in Southeastern Pennsylvania by reversing the direction of flow and changing the material from oil to natural gas. This project will include the construction and operation of two new compressor stations, including one in Lower Chichester, Delaware County. Compressor stations emit pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Nitrogen oxides (Nox), and particulate matter that can impact air quality and lead to negative health impacts.

PA-DEP is currently reviewing Adelphia's application for this new gas fired compressor station. PA-DEP's draft plan approval is available here: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/RegionalResources/SERO/SEROPortalFiles/Community%20Info/Adelphia/Draft%20PLan%20Approval%20-%20Lower%20Chichester.pdf

DEP will be holding a public hearing to receive comments on its draft plan approval on:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 7 PM – 9 PM in
Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building, 1410 Market Street, Linwood, PA 19061

Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Ms. Virginia Cain, Environmental Community Relations Specialist, at vicain@pa.gov or 484.250.5808. Individuals who do not register may also present testimony the day of the hearing. Oral testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per individual. Each organization is requested to designate one witness to present testimony on its behalf and time may not be relinquished to others. A stenographer will be present to record the testimony. DEP requests that presenters bring two copies of written remarks to aid in the transcription of testimony. All comments, whether submitted to DEP in writing or delivered orally at the hearing, shall merit equal consideration.

LAP Winter Party: Because we have fun while we do Justice

December 01, 2018

Hosted by Lancaster Against Pipelines

Saturday at 4 PM – 11 PM

3788 Main Street Conestoga PA

We have accomplished so much in the past 5 years. Resistance & increased knowledge, love & friendships, and a future to fight for. What better way for us to celebrate than with a food-filled party...in the infamous military tent! We hope you can join us for a potluck on Dec 1 @ 4PM (until whenever). Bonfire. Food. Music...if folks bring instruments!

LAP will provide beverages. Please bring whatever savory or sweet dish you'd like to share (and your own plates and utensils if you can), and we will dance & sing & laugh & play. We might even talk about next steps in Lancaster County. Spread the word to our friends who are not on FB. All friends and allies are welcome to attend!

STOP McNamee!

November 15, 2018

Hosted by Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST

Washington, District of Columbia

Registration Link:
https://bit.ly/2OfUHtf

On November 15 in the US Senate, coal-loving, climate denier Bernard McNamee will appear for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. If Donald Trump gets his way, this will be the first step on a path to his soon becoming a commissioner at FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Beyond Extreme Energy and allies will also be at the hearing, and we urge you to consider joining us. The Senators and the press who will be there need to see that there are a lot of us who want McNamee to be voted down!

McNamee has been a longtime promoter of fossil fuels. In an op-ed for The Hill newspaper, he wrote that fossil fuels had “dramatically improved the human condition” – on Earth Day 2018 no less! And as the head of the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, he worked on and then defended in a Senate hearing Rick Perry’s proposal for FERC to bail out the coal and nuclear industries at the expense of renewables. This plan was so obviously biased that even FERC voted 5-0 to deny it.

At three Senate hearings last year on FERC nominations, BXE members took action. Some led to people being arrested, and others did not. That is the general plan for this action. The key thing is that we have a good turnout!

Please sign up here https://bit.ly/2OfUHtf if you want to come or are seriously considering coming on November 15. We’re lining up food and housing for the evening before at a church close to Capitol Hill. And we can help if there’s a need for gas or bus money to get there.
See you there!

Sign the Petition against McNamee here:
https://tinyurl.com/y9ozwzmx

Check out our latest action against FERC here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLYv5y80UiU

https://beyondextremeenergy.org

Water Ways Fracking Game Workshop

November 08, 2018

Hosted by Water Ways and Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Illick's Mill, 100 Illicks Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017, United States

Want to learn how the oil and gas industry impacts communities, the environment, and politics, and how you can be part of the solution
fighting to protect our land, water and public health?

Join the Water Defenders monthly meeting for a unique workshop with Water Ways, a design collective, working through a series of illustrations telling the story of water and the natural gas industry in PA, NJ and the surrounding area. They will hold a special role-playing game that will unravel the multi-faceted story of how the fracking industry impacts communities, ecosystems, and politics, while the resilient resistance fights for our future.

All are welcome! Come out for socializing, pizza, and #cleanwater advocacy! Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert. May we suggest cookies?

Water Ways Fracking Game
Each participant will be given a character to embody throughout the game. You will be a resident of River Town, where there is a pipeline proposed to be built under the town. You'll participate in a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the situation! FERC (The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) will be there, as will River Town's very own mayor. Experts will inform residents as to the infrastructure, risks and uses of natural gas, followed by an open forum. Whether you're a biologist, a construction worker, a single parent or a college student, everyone has something at stake in this decision. Come voice your opinion and try to sway your neighbors!

In their interactive presentations, Water Ways discusses fracking, the Marcellus Shale, politics in Pennsylvania that support the industry, resistance to this industry, cultural context and oppressive systems, and visions for the future.

Water Defenders
The Delaware River Watershed, spanning four states -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware -- continues to face new and ongoing challenges every day including erosion, flooding impacts, industrial development, and fracking pressures. By working collectively, residents of the watershed can have a real impact, and improve the water quality and habitat for present and future generations.

Here in the Lehigh Valley, the Sierra Club is building a grassroots network of Water Defenders to advocate for protecting the Lehigh River and its tributaries. Be a part of the movement! Come build advocacy, outreach and leadership skills, explore your local waterways, and connect with other water defenders in your community.

Lobby Day & Senate Vote - Ban Fracking Waste in New Jersey

October 29, 2018

9:30 AM – 2 PM

New Jersey State House

125 W State St, Trenton, New Jersey 08608

JUST IN: The State Senate will vote this Monday, 10/29 on a bill that would ban the dumping of toxic fracking waste in New Jersey! Christie vetoed the ban twice before, but it's a new day in NJ, and we have an opportunity to make history as the first state to pass this critical legislation.

To that end, we’re organizing a ban fracking waste lobby day right before the Senate votes on the bill this Monday. The entire state legislature will be in the statehouse and we will be there demonstrating political power and talking with our legislators.

What: Lobby Day & Senate Vote - Ban fracking waste in New Jersey
When: Monday, October 29th, 2018. 9:30am
Where: New Jersey Statehouse, 125 West State Street – meeting in the CAFETERIA @ 9:30AM

Schedule:
9:30am: Meet in the Statehouse Cafeteria for snacks, training, & discuss our plans for the day
10am: Disperse to committee hearings, legislative meetings.
11:30am: Lobby Senators before they caucus on frack waste ban bill.
1:30-2pm: Lobby legislators before they enter the Senate Chamber to vote on the bill

Call Lena Smith at 651-600-7072 with any questions day of the event.

Solidarity!

PS. If you can't join us Monday please call your NJ Senator to urge them to vote "Yes" on the Ban Fracking Waste Bill S678. Call 1-855-980-2331 and you will be connected to your NJ Senator's office.

PA Tour of Unfractured plus Two Special Lectures by Steingraber

October 22, 2018

The Better Path Coalition Announces the Pennsylvania Tour of
UNFRACTURED, a documentary featuring Dr. Sandra Steingraber
October 21 - 26
Lehigh Valley * Philadelphia * Williamsport * Pittsburgh * Lancaster
PLUS Contaminated without Consent lecture by Sandra Steingraber in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh

October 21 - Lehigh Valley, Northampton Community College, College Center (CC) 190
bit.ly/unfracturedlv

October 22 - Philadelphia, Hamilton Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Thomas Jefferson University
bit.ly/unfracturedphiladelphia

October 23 - Williamsport, Fine Arts Building, Lycoming College
bit.ly/unfracturedwilliamsport

October 24 - Contaminated Without Consent Lecture and Screening, Harrisburg, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (Clover Lane Campus)
bit.ly/steingraberharrisburg

October 25 - Contaminated Without Consent Lecture and Screening, Pittsburgh, Eddy Theatre, Chatham University
bit.ly/unfracturedpittsburgh

October 26 - Lancaster, Stager Hall - Stahr Auditorium, Franklin & Marshall College
bit.ly/unfracturedlancaster

Screening Tour supported by Ontario Arts Council and the Direct Support Fund

The Better Path Coalition is thrilled to announce the Pennsylvania Tour of UNFRACTURED, the film from Chanda Chevannes that chronicles Sandra Steingraber's journey into activism. Chanda Chevannes will introduce the film before each screening and Sandra Steingraber will take your questions after the film.
https://www.unfractured.com/

In addition, Dr. Steingraber will deliver lecture called "Contaminated Without Consent: the Scientific Case Against Fracking and How it Prevailed in New York" in Harrisburg on October 24th and immediately preceding the Pittsburgh screening the next evening!

Pack the Hearing: No Permit for the Nicetown Gas Plant

October 16, 2018

Hosted by 350 Philadelphia

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10 AM – 2 PM

1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Let's pack the room for the 4th appeal hearing about SEPTA's polluting gas-fired power plant!

Join 350 Philadelphia, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, and The Center for Returning Citizens - TCRC in Philly as we continue appealing the air permit for the polluting gas-fired plant that SEPTA is building in Nicetown. The appeal process began in the spring, and we've packed the room at three hearings already. Help us fill the room again this time to show that opposition to the plant is strong!

*When: Tuesday, October 16 -- 10am to 2pm
(Note that this month's hearing will begin earlier and last longer than past hearings. Feel free to join any time and to leave whenever you need to.)

*Where: 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor

*What: Three organizations have teamed up to bring an official challenge against the permit granted by the City of Philadelphia’s for SEPTA's gas-fired power plant. We’ve called for the City to revoke the permit, to carry out a full examination of health and environmental impacts, and to require a full assessment of alternatives.

On October 16th, we will appear before the City’s Licenses and Inspections Review Board to argue our case. This is the 4th in a series of hearings that began in the spring. Our witnesses and attorneys will present evidence and arguments, and lawyers and witnesses for the City and SEPTA will defend the permit.

*Why: The Nicetown gas plant would add dangerous pollution to a neighborhood that is already overburdened. The 19140 ZIP code was recently found to have a 31% childhood asthma rate. And the plant would release climate-damaging greenhouse pollution for 20 years, setting back the transition to renewable energy that we urgently need. We are pushing for the City of Philadelphia to protect people’s health and a livable climate by rescinding the permit for the plant. To learn more about the campaign to stop the gas plant, visit http://350philadelphia.org/septa.

*Questions? Contact us at 350philadelphia@gmail.com.

If you are able to come a little earlier, please also join our friends from Sunrise Movement Philadelphia at 9am at City as they deliver letters about the gas plant to Mayor Kenney: https://www.facebook.com/events/699225473774906/.

Super Villains for FERC

October 16, 2018

Hosted by 198 Methods and Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

9 AM – 12 PM

Union Station, Washington D.C.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Catch the action here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLYv5y80UiU&feature=youtu.be


*IMPORTANT UPDATE* Donald Trump has nominated Bernard McNamee to fill the vacant Republican seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory commission (FERC). And now, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commitee is rushing his confirmation at break-neck speed hoping we don't have time to stop him. Fortunately, BXE & friends will be in DC on the 16th, and we intend to visit key Senate offices to speak out!

Let us be perfectly clear: We think any nominee is a bad idea, because preserving the deadlock at FERC – where the two remaining Democrats are often at odds with the two remaining Republicans – is our best chance at stopping new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

But even allowing that we don't want anybody to be confirmed, McNamee is worth fighting. He has been a lifelong advocate for fossil fuels, and is a climate denier. He once wrote a letter to The Hill newspaper about how fossil fuels “dramatically improve the human condition” – on Earth Day no less! Most importantly, he was a leading author and architect of Trump and Rick Perry's dangerous plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants last year; a plan so obviously biased in favor of fossil fuels and the corporations who profit off them that even FERC voted 5-0 to deny it.

If confirmed, McNamee would obviously be part of a plan to ram through more fossil fuels, and FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre seems ready to go along with him, saying on Twitter "I look forward to serving with McNamee."

These pipelines don't approve themselves. Join the Empire of Fossil Fuels and together we can rule the planet together!

A vacancy has opened up at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As super villains bent on the destruction of all things good in the world, it is our duty to ensure that FERC remains fully operational. Their rubber-stamping of fossil fuel infrastructure and the resulting harm done to communities and the climate embodies evil in ways that are to us merely aspirational. We must show everyone the power of a fully operational FERC!

Join us in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 16th as we visit the offices of our senators in Congress. We’ll be asking them to stand with their evil super villain constituents and vote yes on Trump’s upcoming appointment to FERC. Please come dressed in your best super villain garb. We want our elected officials, voters, and the broader public to know that voting yes on Trump’s FERC appointment means upholding FERC’s evil and destructive ways. Feel free to be as creative as you’d like with your outfit. No masks will be permitted inside senate office buildings, but feel free to bring them for pictures outside. (Don’t worry if you don’t want to dress up-- you can still join us.)

We’ll gather as a group at the statue of Columbus, a fellow super villain from history, at 9am directly in front of Union Station. There, we’ll go over the day’s plan before heading off for lobbying as a group.

(Please note that Super Villain Lobby Day is no way whatsoever a scheme hatched by Beyond Extreme Energy to creatively bring attention to the upcoming FERC vote, pressure senators to vote no, and continue building a movement to replace FERC with an agency dedicated to a just transition off fossil fuels. ;)


Sign up here!:
https://goo.gl/forms/Eo9e6rQ6pLdtJvTS2

PA Health Check-Up (part 1)

October 13, 2018

Hosted by Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility

PA Health Check-Up (part 1) is the first event in Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia's three-part, speed-learning and advocacy training in the health impacts of the unconventional gas development industry.

The event will happen live simultaneously in Pittsburgh at Chatham University and in Philadelphia at Drexel University. Some presenters will present live in Philadelphia while the Pittsburgh attendees and the online audience which includes the Dublin Institute of Technology views the live stream and others will present in Pittsburgh while Philadelphia attendees and the online audience views via. live stream.

On the morning of October 13th, we will begin with an interactive art exhibit, entitled WaterWays followed by PechaKucha-style, speed-learning presentations that will showcase some of many of the ways that healthcare providers and other concerned individuals can address the issues communities face in dealing with health impacts of the unconventional gas development industry.

The lunch hour will allow participants time to relax and network.

The afternoon will include three action-oriented, advocacy training sessions focused on how to organize internally, how to reach policy makers, and how to reach the public.

Each live location will have its own social hour to conclude the day. In Philadelphia, Tom Neilson will provide an entertaining, educational, and interactive musical performance funded in part by a grant from the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians. In Pittsburgh, the group will be invited to a local brewery.

We certainly hope you can join us in person or via. livestream if you are too far from either the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh locations.

We are planning to have the next event in the series in two locations across the northern half of the state, and the third event will be in Harrisburg.

Website (https://www.psrphila.org/pa-health-check-up-series)

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