Stop Passage of Ordinance Weakening Yorktown Wetlands Law
Why should you care?
The proposed law is substantially weaker than the current law, with fewer protections for our critically important wetlands.
Wetlands protect our property from flooding and our roads from dangerous icing conditions; like sponges, wetlands soak up and retain runoff.
When nature retains stormwater, it’s free. When the town must install and maintain drainage systems, taxpayers pay.
Wetlands provide wildlife habitat for breeding, feeding and nesting, and help remove pollutants from our drinking water.
How is the proposed law weaker?
It protects fewer wetlands — only those exceeding 4,356 square feet, more than four times larger than what is protected by the current law.
It ignores a wetland’s function. Often, smaller wetlands are more important than larger ones.
It is not clear if Town-owned wetlands are covered. Some of our most important wetlands are on Town-owned land; the Town should be held to the same standard as private owners
You won’t be notified if your neighbor plans to fill a wetland to build a swimming pool or regrade property for a mini soccer field. Your only “notification” will be when you see the bulldozer on his property and the water starts running into your backyard. By then, it will be too late.
How can you stop the proposed law?
Attend the public hearing on April 18th at 7:30 pm at Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue.
Speak up: Let your elected representatives know you want a stronger, not weaker, wetlands law. Share personal stories about what happened to your property or in your neighborhood when nearby wetlands were filled in or damaged beyond repair.
Send an email or postcard/letter (363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598) to all Town Board members. Remind them that you want YOUR wetlands and quality of life protected. Supervisor Michael Grace; Councilman Tom Diana; Councilman Vishnu Patel; Councilman Ed Lachterman; Councilman Greg Bernard.
Sign the online petition opposing the proposed law here.
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URGENT ACTION ITEM! Must be done today (Tuesday, March 28) and tomorrow because of the budget process!
Call State Senator Terrence Murphy about community solar!
Terrence Murphy, your voters are depending on you to support the Assembly’s budget proposal to dedicate $23 million in clean energy funds. Help lead our way to solar leadership. We need your strong voice to ask Senator Flanagan to support community solar in the budget negotiations. Please use your position to advocate and advance the Assembly’s version of the budget!
Phone: 914-962-2624 (District office) 518-455-3111 (Albany office)
New York receives a revenue stream through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (basically charging coal plants for their carbon pollution) and that money goes to NYSERDA for clean energy funding. Every year, legislators and the Governor attempt to raid those funds for the state budget. This year, Cuomo wants to take $23 million to put toward energy tax credits, the Senate wants to take $100 million for the general fund (nothing to do with energy), and the Assembly wants to take Cuomo’s $23 million and put it toward community solar projects in low-income and environmental justice communities, rather than for tax credits, which largely help wealthier people.
The Energy Democracy Alliance and many allies are supporting the Assembly version because the solar tax credits will get funded either way, so we see that Assembly version as a way to get some additional money flowing to communities that are much in need of renewable energy development and face some of the highest barriers to that development.
Over the next 2 days, while the legislature and the Governor are in negotiations to agree on a reconciled budget, we are trying to turn either the Governor or the Senate (or both) to support the Assembly version. That’s where Murphy comes in. Murphy could apparently tip the balance if he were to support the Assembly language. So if people in his district could make some calls to his office to alert him to this issue and push him to get on board, that would be great.
NY Landowners, Environmentalists and Social Justice Groups To Rally and Speak in Albany Against Northern Access Fracked-Gas Pipeline
Who: Concerned residents; speakers from Delaware River Network, Sierra Club, Clean Air Council, and Seneca Nation, as well as landowners facing eminent domain.
What: Citizens will march from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to the Capitol Building in opposition to the proposed Northern Access fracked-gas pipeline; there will be speakers and rallies at both locations; the group will deliver a letter opposing the Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL) to Governor Cuomo and the DEC signed by more than a hundred businesses, organizations and faith communities.
Where: Noon start at DEC (625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207); 12:30pm march to the Capital Building; speakers at both locations.
When: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 12pm–2:30pm
Why: In less than two weeks, the DEC will either grant or deny critical permits for National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access Pipeline, which would move half a billion cubic feet of Pennsylvania fracked gas each day through Western New York, with most of the gas going to Canada. Approximately 40 landowners are facing eminent domain for this export project. If built, NAPL would cross more water bodies than the Constitution Pipeline, which the DEC denied a key water-quality certificate in April 2016. The deadline for the DEC’s decision on NAPL is April 7, 2017.
Diana Strablow, Buffalo Sierra Club: (716) 523-4446
Joseph Gibson, Clean Air Council: (716) 444-6427
Lia Oprea, landowner facing eminent domain: (310) 770-3288
Join SEnRG and StopSpectra to Deliver Petition Signatures
We are delivering 44,000 Petition Signatures to Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office to Stop Spectra
Recently Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge project, the second phase of their illegally segmented Algonquin pipeline expansion, was prematurely approved by FERC. Now New York State is considering issuing a water quality permit for the project which would enable construction to go forward. Spectra is pressing for the approval as soon as possible so they can begin to cut trees before April 1st and begin construction. New York State should not be approving water permits for a project that is linked to significant risk of nuclear disaster impacting 20 million New Yorkers and that will contaminate our waterways and wetlands, ensure more air pollution, and destroy our health and climate.
Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have called for a risk assessment of the Spectra Algonquin pipeline expansion. No water permit should be issued before this assessment is completed and thoroughly reviewed!
Despite repeated warnings from numerous leading national pipeline, nuclear and disaster preparedness experts, Spectra Energy received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand their Algonquin pipeline. Recently, the first phase of that expansion – the 42 inch diameter, high pressure Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project became operational. It was constructed only 105 feet from critical safety infrastructure at the old, accident-prone Indian Point nuclear plant in northern Westchester – near the intersection of 2 earthquake fault lines! The experts warned that a pipeline rupture at Indian Point could result in a nuclear disaster worse than Fukushima and threatens more than 20 million people who live in the New York tri-state area.* Even if Indian Point is shut down – still years away – a pipeline rupture poses catastrophic risks to millions of New Yorkers due to the 45 years of highly radioactive spent fuel permanently stored on site. Governor Cuomo and NYS DEC Commissioner Seggos must stop ignoring safety experts’ warnings about the permanent risks to New Yorkers posed by the further expansions of Spectra’s Algonquin pipeline because:
♦ Spectra illegally segmented its massive Algonquin pipeline expansion into 3 separate projects: Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM), Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast, to avoid a full evaluation of the cumulative impacts.
♦ Governor Cuomo recently stated that New York “must double down by investing in the fight against dirty fossil fuels and fracked gas from neighboring states” yet,
♦ Despite the State’s ban on fracking, New York has continued to issue permits for dangerous, polluting and climate destroying fossil fuel pipelines and power plants that pose the same risks to our communities: polluting our air and water supplies, destroying our health and climate.
♦ New York must stop approving fracked gas pipelines like Spectra Energy’s massive Algonquin pipeline expansion (AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast) and must fast track our energy requirements to 100% renewables.
Come be part of history as we deliver these signatures to Governor Cuomo!
Don’t Let Fossil Fuel Companies Steamroller NY State!
In an unprecedented move, National Fuel Gas has asked the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) to WAIVE the requirement to obtain a 401 Water Quality Certificate from New York before building its proposed Northern Access Pipeline.
National Fuel’s high-pressure fracked-gas EXPORT pipeline would clear-cut thousands of trees and bulldoze across nearly 450 streams and wetlands in Western New York, including state-protected waterways and a sole-source aquifer. This degradation of land, water quality, property values and public safety would happen so that a multi-billion-dollar company can export fracked-gas to Canada.
If FERC grants National Fuel’s request, it would usurp Governor Cuomo’s power to protect New York’s water and residents from this destructive pipeline AND it would set a horrible precedent, potentially allowing future pipelines to steamroll over states’ rights.
Please CALL Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
And EMAIL him: www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
Resist the AIM Pipeline – Sign the Pledge!
Find it here
HIGH ALERT! DAILY URGENT ACTION FOR MONTH OF MARCH
-Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
-NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Seggos: 518-402-8545
Tell them: Reject the water permit for Spectra’s illegally segmented Atlantic Bridge pipeline project.
Please sign petition to Governor Cuomo to reject the water permit for Spectra’s illegally segmented Atlantic Bridge project, the next phase of Spectra’s dangerous massive Algonquin pipeline expansion: tinyurl.com/CuomoStopSpectraPipeline
Recently Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge project, the second phase of their illegally segmented Algonquin pipeline expansion was prematurely approved by FERC and New York State is considering issuing a water quality permit for the project which would enable construction to go forward. Spectra is pressing for the approval as soon as possible so they can begin to cut trees before April 1st and begin construction. New York State should not be approving water permits for a project that is linked to significant risk of nuclear disaster impacting 20 million New Yorkers, and will contaminate our waterways and wetlands, ensure more air pollution, and destroy our health and climate.
Spectra illegally segmented its massive Algonquin pipeline expansion into 3 separate projects: Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM), Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast, to avoid a full evaluation of the cumulative impacts.
WE THE PEOPLE ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OR EXPLAIN A POSITION ON AN ISSUE OR POLICY:
Tell FERC to halt construction on the AIM Pipeline adjacent to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted permission to Spectra Energy to build a new 42-inch, high-pressure, fracked gas pipeline under the Hudson River, next to the aging and failing Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, only 35 miles from New York City. This new Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to the lives and property of more than 20 million people living and working within the 50-mile impact and evacuation radius of the plant, including the New York City metropolitan area. No comprehensive, independent risk assessment was conducted despite numerous requests from safety experts, elected officials, and the public. President Obama must intercede with FERC to have it halt construction and immediately rescind its approval of the project.
Don’t wait – Sign Now!
Take action: Urge the government to quickly finalize safeguards against dangerous natural gas pipelines
On April 29, a 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. The explosion sent one man to the hospital with serious burns and destroyed his home. The intense fire raged out of control for hours while firefighters watched, helpless to stop it. The fire was so hot that the siding melted on a neighbor’s house a quarter mile away.
Natural gas pipeline leaks, fires, explosions, and damage like this are becoming more and more common as the oil and gas industry rushes to build pipelines all over the country.
Federal pipeline safety regulators have finally proposed new vital protections to start to rein in the dangers of these pipelines, but the oil and gas industry is already fighting them.
Tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to finalize their new safety proposal and not give into industry pressure to weaken or delay it.
When the natural gas pipeline exploded in Pennsylvania, witnesses reported a chaotic scene: “We heard a terrible explosion and looked out and saw the fireball all around the place. We grabbed our dog, grabbed our coat and ran. The heat was too great, you had to leave. It was just fire… everywhere you looked. Debris on fire blowing across the yard here.”1
The local fire chief summed it up: “It looked like you were looking down into hell.”2
The scary truth is that regulations haven’t kept up, and a large portion of the country’s 2.5 million miles of pipelines are not properly documented or inspected. Last year alone, there were 324 incidences reported, up from 252 in 2012.3
Common-sense safety standards for natural gas pipelines are long overdue. Take action today to urge federal pipeline safety regulators to quickly finalize strong safeguards to protect our communities.
While it’s clear that the only way we can truly be safe from dangerous fossil fuel projects is to move beyond oil, gas, and coal entirely, we also need safeguards to protect our communities against this infrastructure now.
Thank you for protecting our communities,
Director, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign
Watch the New Josh Fox Film and Join a Local Environmental Group!
Josh explains to Heidi Hutner:
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
“Can a person stop a wave? Could you stand on the shore and stop a wave from crashing? What are the things that climate change can’t destroy? What are those parts of us that are so deep that no storm can take them away?”
Tell the Department of Justice to Prosecute Exxon
Some Bombshell investigative reports just revealed that Exxon knew as early as 1978 that our climate was changing, and that their product (dirty fossil fuels) was responsible. But instead of taking action that could have saved lives and protected our planet, Exxon spent two decades and millions of dollars lying about what they knew in an effort to slow action and protect their profits.
It’s outrageous that Exxon not only lied to the public, but did after funding cutting edge science to identify the causes and impacts of climate change. It’s a lot like how the tobacco industry knew the facts about smoking’s addictive effects and destructive impact on public health, but lied about it to Congress, the public and the courts. And when the Department of Justice learned about the tobacco industry’s misdeeds, they prosecuted them under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Sign the Petition to Prosecute Exxon:
To add your name, click here
Let’s Fix FERC First!
Sign a petition to Rickey R. Hass, Inspector General, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: We call on our Federal Legislators, the President, and the Inspector…
According to pipeline and nuclear safety experts the siting of the pipeline adjacent to Indian Point could cause a scenario similar to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, where plant operators were unable to cool reactors and spent fuel pools due to a loss of all power. The nuclear power and pipeline safety experts have been insisting that a thorough, independent and transparent risk assessment which includes a transient analysis is imperative but was never done. Westchester County Board of Legislators’ resolutions have also called for comprehensive, independent health and risk assessments.
New information obtained in FOIA documents from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows:
~NRC used falsified information to justify its conclusion that there is no additional risk posed by the siting of the AIM gas pipeline adjacent to the Indian Point nuclear facility.
~NRC knowingly used improper calculations that significantly underestimate the danger, do not comply with its own regulations, and defy the laws of pipeline thermodynamics.
~NRC used handwritten, unsigned, undated, falsified calculations to claim that this massive high-pressure natural gas pipeline only 105 feet from vital structures at Indian Point will pose no additional threat.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the AIM pipeline project was based on this false information. Had the NRC used accurate information and correct methodology concerning the dynamics of a pipeline rupture, the blast impact radius would be significantly larger and the siting of the pipeline alongside Indian Point would most certainly not have been approved.
According to the leading national pipeline expert, Rick Kuprewicz,”it appears the permitting agencies are attempting to take advantage of a loophole that permits the NRC to dismiss risks if such analysis can be categorized below a certain threshold value, while ignoring the severe consequences that might prevent the nuke plant to safely shutdown.” Kuprewicz further states, “Agency studies create the appearance of risk management tampering to favor a project agency decision and raise the question, Are involved agencies capable of performing a scientifically neutral study for such a sensitive issue?” “A truly independent safety analysis should be performed, subject to a reasonable open peer review. Security claims should not be permitted to shelter malfeasance in a scientific method involving incomplete risk analysis for such a highly sensitive infrastructure.”
Thank you for taking immediate action!
CALL-IN TO STOP A GAS PIPELINE FROM BEING BUILT NEXT TO INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT!
Please make one important call each day over the next several weeks to the elected officials listed below. It is crucial that we make our voices heard so we can stop this thing!
Mondays: Senator Schumer 914-734-1532
Tuesdays: Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
Wednesdays: Congressman Lowey: 914-428-1707 (Westchester) and 845-639-3485 (Rockland), Congressman Maloney 845-561-1259; Congressman Eliot Engel 914-699-4100
Thursdays: Senator Gillibrand (212) 688-6262
Fridays: Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
Optional Call Script:
“I live in ________________ and I am very concerned about the Spectra AIM gas pipeline expansion. I am calling to urge (Congressman/Senator/Governor)____________ to please stand with (his/her) constituents and insist that a fully independent risk assessment of this pipeline expansion next to Indian Point be carried out! The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other permitting agencies could issue permits as soon as December- urgent action is needed!”
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Some calls may go to voicemail- if that happens, please leave a message! If the voicemail is full, please call again the next day!
For more information: www.sape2016.org
FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR
KEEPING FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND
Climate change is threatening our food and water supplies, economy, infrastructure, public health, and the future of NYC. The main cause of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), which trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet. Our panel will explore various financial strategies for how we can keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic climate change. Should individuals and institutions divest from fossil fuel companies? Or, should they remain invested in these companies to influence their policies as shareholder activists?
SIGN THE PETITION
For the link to the divestment petition to NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, go to: NYC Should be Fossil Free!
ORGANIZED BY: 350NYC, the local affiliate of 350.org
COSPONSORS: Responsible Endowments Coalition, United for Action (UFA), Green Sanctuary Committee CCNY, UU; Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Sierra Club, NYC Group; New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), West 80s Neighborhood Association, Food and Water Watch, Greater NYC for Change, Barnard Divest, the Investure Schools Coalition for Fossil Fuel Divestment, Seven Sisters Coalition for Fossil Fuel Divestment, 350Brooklyn, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Social Action Committee of Park Slope UMC, CUNY Divest, Beloved Earth Community, Riverside Church; Broadway Democrats, Three Parks Democrats, Village Independent Democrats, GreenFaith, and Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG).
Action Alert: This is a serious threat to our beloved Park!
Please take 2 minutes and call or email Westchester County Executive Astorino and tell him to reject the Blue Mountain Reservation “parkland giveaway” to Spectra Energy and to immediately withdraw this terrible agreement!!
County Executive Rob Astorino:
Westchester County Board of Legislators:
The Westchester County Board of Legislators and County Executive Astorino must protect the public’s interest and reject this “giveaway” deal to Spectra Energy, a gas pipeline company. Public parkland converted to non-park use requires approval by the state legislature, an environmental review process and just compensation. It is imperative that the County develop a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and restore Blue Mountain Reservation.
We have a very small window of opportunity remaining to stop this potentially catastrophic high pressure gas pipeline before Spectra Energy fast tracks construction and operations.
For further information on Blue Mountain see: http://www.senrg.org/blue-mountain-park/
Contact Your Elected Officials
Please also keep calling your elected Congressional representatives and tell them: This urgent matter demands your very highest priority and immediate attention until this emergency is fully addressed. Take whatever emergency action may be necessary using the full power and influence of your office to demand an independent, comprehensive and transparent risk assessment of the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) high pressure gas pipeline expansion project next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant and that includes the potential risks to millions of residents in the New York tri-state region.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 845-875-4585 (Susan Spear-Hudson Valley Office), 202-224-4451 (D.C. office)
US Senator Charles Schumer: 914-734-1532 (Cody Peluso-Hudson Valley Office), 202-224-224-6542 (D.C. office)
Congresswoman Nita Lowey 914-428-1707 (White Plains office), 845-639-3485 (Rockland office), 202-225-6502 (D.C. office)
Congressman Eliot Engel 914-699-4100 (Local office), 202-225-2464 (D.C. office)
Congressman Sean Maloney 845-561-1259 (Local office), 202-225-5441 (D.C. office)
Why is this important?
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project, including a 42-inch diameter high pressure gas pipeline slated within 105 feet of vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. This dangerous project must not be allowed to proceed! A critcal comprehensive, independent and transparent risk assessment of the AIM pipeline project next to the Indian Point nuclear power facility has not been conducted despite the continuous and strong demands by nuclear power and pipeline engineers and safety experts, medical disaster expert, public officials and thousands of residents in the New York tri-state area.
Please watch this Sierra Club video then call your U.S. Senators and Representative or click on the link below to tell them to vote against the TPP!
Sign the petition: