GAS PIPELINE TO BE FRACKED AND CONSTRUCTED THROUGHOUT THE ROCKAWAYS, STATEN ISLAND, AND BROOKLYN OF NEW YORK CITY, WHILE THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THE SUPERSTORM, HURRICANE SANDY.
HELP US STOP THIS LEGISLATION.
This petition is a protest against this unnecessary, uncalled-for action. We all know, especially our New York City residents, with me as a lifelong resident, that The Rockaways, Staten Island and Brooklyn of New York City have been devastated and ravaged by what Hurricane Sandy has left behind. Homes are destroyed. Streets are rendered down merely to broad dirt roads. Spontaneous Fires are very possible and occurrent in the areas. Burned Down Houses. Displaced Families, Children and Elderly.
Firstly, this gas pipeline is absolutely hazardous and detrimental to the community, especially during these times. If energy is going to be sought after, why can't it be done another way, a safer and healthier way? Why can't it wait until these communities get back on their feet? Secondly, a Gas Pipeline is not what these communities need right now. What they need is the government's and the people's aid and consideration in helping them recover, by providing temporary shelter and housing, prepared meals, quality water, reconstructed residences, essential living supplies and much more. If you are a fellow New Yorker, hard-working American or just a decent Human Being, please understand this cry for help and sign this petition, letting the government know what is truly right for these displaced families and suffering individuals.
Let President Barak H. Obama and the U.S. Congress, Senators and Representatives alike, that they need to get their priorities straight and consider the people ahead everything else, especially now.
Below is a background description of the current situation:
Congress has passed a bill approving the construction of a toxic, fracked gas pipeline through The Rockaways (It has just been reported that this "project" has been approved for The Rockaways, Staten Island and Brooklyn). This community, which was extremely hard hit by Hurricane Sandy is still without power. With the community struggling to get back on their feet, Congress went ahead and pushed through legislation without allowing the local residents the opportunity to comment on this pipeline, which will directly impact their community. The gas that this pipeline will be bringing into the homes of NYC residents is radioactive. The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania is where it is coming from. It is loaded with 120 times the safe level of radon gas. Furthermore, pipelines have a habit of exploding and burning for as long as a week. Do we really want to further endanger a community which recently suffered massive fires and flooding from Hurricane Sandy? What is the government thinking? We think their priorities are askew.
The local residents want to rebuild the green way. Building a fossil fuel pipeline through a community, which is currently suffering the effects of Climate Crisis, is like kicking someone while they are down. When will the government support the people?
Andrew Cuomo came in to pose for a photo op at one of Occupy Sandy's hubs in the Rockaways. The Army had a truck loaded with water to unload into our tents at Veggie Island.
We want to know when he is going to ban fracking and start providing incentives for building green infrastructure.
The bill that Congress passed arrived on President Obama's desk. You can comment on this bill here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/pending-l
Or you can Call President Obama all week at 202-456-1111. Give him this message loud and clear.
"STOP THE PIPELINE! KILL THE BILL! Veto HR 2606":
Urgent N19 Call to Action: HR 2606 is on the President's desk Now!
Tell Obama to VETO the NYC Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act! (H.R. 2606) that permits the Rockaway Pipeline to be built in the area that was just devastated by Hurricane Sandy.