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environmental protection

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Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to Sen. Thibodeau and Rep. Gideon Maine State Legislature

Save Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine from a Mega Cruise Ship Pier!

The cruise ship lines have Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine in their sights for further development. They would like Bar Harbor, which is the closest town to the Park, to build an up to half mile long pier capable of docking two 1000' long, 200' tall cruise ships at a time. And NO environmental impact study has been done.  As it is now, without a pier, 171 cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017. 226,000 visitors. That's plenty. We are against LD 1400 in the Maine State Legislature.  It calls for the emergency establishment of a Bar Harbor Port Authority.  A port authority will enable millions of dollars in bonds to be raised in order to finance this $30-40,000,000 project.  Development of the pier will demand more and more cruise ships to come into Frenchman Bay, to pay for this infrastructure. Mega cruise ships carry up to 6,000 tourists and crews of 2000 each. The proposed mega pier would allow up to two mega cruise ships to dock at Bar Harbor each day, so together they could allow up to 10-12,000 day tripping tourists per day to land at Bar Harbor. This is in addition to existing mega cruise ships that already anchor in the Bay--taller than the Porcupine Islands in the Bay, that you see pictures of above. We petitioners hereby express our strongest possible opposition to a Port Authority which will lead to the development of this up to 1/2 mile long mega pier in Bar Harbor.  And once again, NO environmental impact study is being done.  We support ecological sanity for Frenchman Bay and surrounding areas. More cruise ships would be bad for Bar Harbor businesses, bad for the physical health of Bar Harbor residents, and a national travesty for Acadia National Park, the only National Park in the entire New England region. BAD FOR BAR HARBOR BUSINESSES Large numbers of mega cruise ship day-tripping tourists flooding into Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park would cause significant disruption: traffic, noise, congestion, lines. These nuisances would result in a worse quality of tourism for the thousands of overnight tourists. If mega cruise ship day tripping tourists overwhelm Bar Harbor and Acadia, overnight tourists will go elsewhere. Overnight tourists spend locally 10 times more per day than cruise ship tourists, so mega cruise ships jeopardize the very lifeblood of Bar Harbor and greater Frenchman Bay: tourism. BAD FOR OUR HEALTH Mega cruise ships are like floating cities. They are significant sources of pollution, especially air pollution from the 24-hour running of electricity generators. Summer time prevailing winds would blow this pollution directly into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In addition, more mega cruise ships and the building of the pier would create other pollution, including noise, silt disruption from dredging, and inevitable effluent discharges. The mega pier will be extraordinarily brightly lit 24/7 for security purposes. Our area is well known and treasured for its Dark Skies, itself a compelling reason for many to come to the beauty that is Frenchman Bay and DownEast Maine. A NATIONAL TRAVESTY For more than 10,000 years, humans have visited the coastal edge of Frenchman Bay to gaze with awe at the beautiful island and its mountains. The United States recognized this treasure by creating Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England. The majesty of a National Park is completely incompatible with even more mega cruise ships, a brightly lit mega pier and thousands of point-specific day tripping tourists. Would anyone favor up to 50 Boeing 757 flights per day to the rim of the Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite? That is the equivalent of two mega cruise ships docking at Bar Harbor, literally across the road from Acadia National Park. This petition asks the Maine State Legislature to reject LD 1400, whose sole purpose is to create an Emergency Port Authority so that the mega pier can be built for the cruise ship industry. And once again--NO environmental impact study has been done.  Thank you for your support in signing our letter. We know so many of you treasure your moments at Acadia National Park and DownEast Maine.

Sarah Steinhardt
517 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Kirk, Lamar Alexander, Andrew Cuomo, schwart , Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Carper

The day that the world changed: Maintain Funding for the EPA

Imagine waking up one morning.  There are no birds chirping.  You know it is morning because your alarm clock says it is, but you can’t see the sun because the air is thick with debris and smog.  You walk outside and there are no trees.  You take a deep breath and feel a burning in your lungs.  You are thirsty after sleep, but you ran out of bottled water and you don’t have time to boil some before leaving to go to work.  You are hungry and crave an apple, but the last orchard was cut down several years ago to make room for “progress”.  You have gotten used to your favorite produce disappearing because its growth is no longer viable on Earth.  You miss the companionship of animals, but it has become foolish to keep one as a pet, since the food sources have become so scarce.  Several of your immediate family members have died of cancer.  Your daughter is home sick for months with chronic nose bleeds, headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, and no one seems to be able to help her.  They say she is having what looks like effects from toxins, but there is nowhere to go to protect her from continued exposure.  Your neighbor’s children were born premature with birth defects, and they have insurmountable medical bills.  You reflect that sullen expression has fallen on most strangers you meet.  You begin to long for the respite nature used to provide you.  In the midst of your morning, you realize you have begun coughing, and you wonder how long it will be until your fate is shown to you.  I close my eyes and remember the exact moment when I still had a choice in the matter of working to preserve the health of the planet which sustains me.  The current White House administration has proposed a budget which would immediately defund the EPA by 31%, with the intention of complete de-funding by the year 2018.  As a living being existing on this Earth, this proposal has shaken me to my very core.  With this bill, we are in truth speaking about removing the protection of the very environment which sustains us humans as well as all other living beings - without which, we would cease to survive.  This is a grave and serious decision our lawmakers have in their hands.  They will vote on whether it is important to protect the health and lives of 319 million Americans and 7.125 billion humans worldwide, along with countless and innumerable wildlife and vegetation.  They will vote to create or destroy.  They will vote to keep our air clean to breathe and our water safe to drink, or not...  They will vote to protect our animal and plant food sources.  They will be voting on how many trees will be available to create the oxygen which we require to breathe.  They will vote on legislation which has the power to wipe entire species of life off the map, or to protect them for the appreciation, study, and enjoyment, of future generations.  They will vote on the premise that all legislation be science based, or based on here say or opinion.  They will vote on the fate of our quality of life and if the wonder, respite, and beauty of nature will be a part of that any longer.  Their vote will be setting the tone of what is acceptable behavior regarding how we view and treat the natural world around us.     It can be argued that human beings are the most highly evolved and intelligent life forms on this planet.  This gives us a certain amount of power, but with great power comes even greater responsibility.  We are responsible for supporting each other and ALL of the living beings we are sharing this planet with.  Each and every living being has the right to continue doing so.  We are all a part of a food chain, and using the resources around us for basic sustainment is natural, but legislation moving in the direction of greed, amusement, or even curiosity is an extremely dangerous slope to begin sliding down.  An example of this is the brand new law stating that mother and baby bears and wolves can be hunted in their dens during denning season, the animals may be killed using heat sensors and aircraft, and barbaric snare traps would once again become legal.  This is a disturbing first step in a slow motion devolution of our morals as human beings.  The day that our greed and ego have become so large, that killing baby animals in their denning season is something that we feel is now acceptable, is a sad and incredibly disappointing turn for us as a species.  The day when we refuse to feel in our hearts how similar a baby or mother bear or wolf is to a baby or mother human is disgraceful. Spokespersons from the White House have stated that “the EPA is not a priority of the current administration”.  I am honestly compelled to wonder where these people plan to live when their home planet is no longer viable?  This may, at first read, seem like a reaching argument.  The entire planet exists in a balance.  There is a threshold where the damage we have done to the earth, its ecosystems, and its natural balance, become irreversible.  Major examples of damage include gross deforestation, continued reliance on fossil fuel, ceasing the cleanup of watershed areas, oceans, and the Great Lakes, and leaving our National Parks unprotected. There is a threshold at which there is no turning back and no second chances, leaving us living the detached, empty, unhealthy, unhappy life mentioned above, a threshold where the damage cannot be undone.  We are at a critical turning point in our relationship with our environment and this threshold.  It may seem as though we can chip away at funding for things like the EPA to make way for things other people want to prioritize, but sooner rather than later, the chipping away is going to catch up with us.  Responsible hunters understand and respect that you cannot exhaust the supply of a certain animal, or there will be none left for food.  The Lion King showed us of the dangers of exhausting the food supply with greed and sport killings.  Under this regime, the lions were starving.  Responsible farmers know that you cannot reap more from the land than it is able to provide.  The Giving Tree and the Lorax taught us that we can take until there is no more to be given, and then there is simply no more left.     The catch is, absolutely no one knows the exact threshold at which the damage which has been done due to greed or otherwise, becomes irreversible. Are you personally willing to be a part of passing a bill that gambles with yours and billions of other humans and living beings lives?  It is a grave and solemn question, the same one the person above asked him or herself.  The good news is, you can realize it now, while you still have time to prevent the dark, tragic and devastating consequences described above.  There is still time.  Humanity has its flaws, but it also has incredible strength, power, and creativity when it comes together with unified vision and intention.  We can turn this situation around for the better.  We can do anything with collective vision and support.  Let us come together, open our hearts and minds, and turn our sights, time, and talent into working together to keep our natural environment lush, beautiful, and vital for the sustainment and health of ourselves, our babies, their babies, and all living beings.  One strong voice, one healthy planet.  By signing this petition, I implore Congress to maintain the complete funding of the Environmental Protection Agency.  I stand for stronger verbiage in the laws that the funding of the EPA remains protected and never subjected to the priorities of any administration, so as to maintain the rights and integrity of all humans and living beings for future generations.  I stand for science.  I stand for scientific, evidence based policy. I stand for the rights of humans and all living things including clean air, clean water, uncontaminated food, health, and life itself.  I stand for accountable and responsible ways of using the resources available to us on Earth and peacefully co existing with all other living things.  Political issues, debates, arguments, wars, policies, partisanship, laws – none of this matters if we do not have a planet to debate these issues on.  To quote the March for Science, “There is no Planet B.”  We have a chance to avoid a mistake in human history which could eliminate us from our very own planet.  What did you choose in the exact moment when you still had a choice in the matter of working to preserve the health of the planet which sustains you? 

GreenEarthDoc D.O.
53 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Jesús Aguirre

Landmark Park Threatened by Government Sell Out

Petition Superintendent Jesús Aguirre of Seattle Dept of Parks and Recreation to do the right thing and obey the law protecting Volunteer Park by not transferring land from open space use to museum use.  According to: Save Our Parks Initiative 42, Ordinance 118477: All park land shall be preserved for park, boulevard or open space use and cannot be sold, transferred or changed from park use to another use, unless: a)      The City holds a public hearing on the necessity of the transaction, and b)      adopts an ordinance finding the transaction is necessary because there is no reasonable and practical alternative and c)      The City receives in exchange a piece of land or facility of equivalent or better size, value, location and usefulness in the vicinity. (January 1997) Also to change the zoning code to make this expansion legal would set a very dangerous precedent – Allowing a zone code change for a specific use that takes parkland for other uses undermines the City Ordinances and Landmark status protection of parkland. The Dept of Seattle Parks and Recreation has turned its power for the protection of Volunteer Park’s well-being over to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which leases a park building and is part of Seattle Art Museum. SAAM/SAM is a separate non-profit entity and is not Volunteer Park, who is owned by city tax payers… their interests are not same. Legally, in 2008, Seattle citizens, in a Parks and Green Space Levy, allocated $9 million (about 40% of the total cost) for the renovation and upgrades for the landmark building that SAM leases from the Park for the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  The project didn’t proceed because of the recession. With very little public knowledge in subsequent years, the original $ 29 million renovation proposal became a $49 million renovation and expansion proposal with no justification from SAM why the extra space was needed. And SAM has failed to meet the requirements of full public disclosure and approval for early building design. The Seattle Dept of Parks and Recreation has dropped the ball by failing to require SAM to prove there is no reasonable and practical alternative to the expansion of SAAM and the taking of parkland from park use. If you open the door to take parkland once it will happen again… SAM will be back wanting more parkland for expansion in another ten years. There are alternative ways for the museum to have the upgrades it needs, which should be thoroughly considered before any taking of parkland. Volunteer Park is not only a City designated landmark, but is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its designers, the Olmsted Brothers, in 1910 expressed their opposition to erecting buildings in parks, for the reason that "The landscape ceases to be a naturalistic park landscape, and becomes a building landscape." Part of the proposed expansion is 40’x80’and 50’ high with windows that will be flooded with artificial light and will dominate all the pastoral views of the east-side of the park. The natural open space will be lessened with this expansion. There will be a dominate environment of concrete, glass and light with eyes peering out the windows watching the park goers. The beloved, private and quiet, nature sanctuary atmosphere will be gone along with many of the big trees that will die from the stress of the construction process.  On darker days, evenings and nights, especially in winter, the artificial light through the museum windows will be unnatural and unsettling to park goers as well as nearby homes. For many park goers, the side that will be impacted is their serenity and favorite side of the park. There are far more people daily, using and loving this quiet side of the park than will ever go into the museum. Please help stop the selling out of our landmark park.  For more info visit: http://protectvolunteerpark.org And visit: https://thinkagainsaam.org - Redesign SAAM Expansion to Contain the Footprint.  

Protect Volunteer Park
524 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Hellervik Oilfield Technologies

Keep a natural gas plant from being constructed in a small rural community in Kentucky.

Background Hellervik Oilfield Technologies based in Fargo, North Dakota has begun construction on a natural gas processing plant located in the heart of a rural residential community in Edmonson County, KY. Approximately two years ago, Hellervik first pursued purchase of a failed ATMOS plant in Rocky Hill, Kentucky. This plant had an enormously negative impact in the community when it was operational. Residents played a key role in the closure of this facility. The community stood together and resisted reopening of this plant in the community. ATMOS dismantled the plant and donated the land to the Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Hellervik then pursued a 9-acre parcel in the Edmonson County Industrial Park that was also unsuccessful. On August 15, 2016, Hellervik posted the following on its website: Hellervik Oilfield Technologies is planning to locate a 5 million cubic feet per day natural gas processing plant on a densely wooded 127-acre site located approximately 7 miles east of the Bowling Green city limits on HWY 31W frontage parcel. This site ensures that the plant will not be visible or audible to any residential parcel in Edmonson County. Hellervik has worked hard to address the concerns voiced by the community regarding the gas plant which previously operated near Rocky Hill. Hellervik also held a town hall meeting in August, in which they again did not disclose the location of the property. They stated that the plant would be located in the county, just off of 31-W, about halfway between the Bowling Green City limits and the Edmonson Industrial Park. A Hellervik Representative said the proposed location is a 127-acre densely wooded area that will house the plant right in the middle of the property. Excavation recently began, and most folks in the community had no idea what was happening until it was complete and reported by the local news media. The proposed location is NOT right in the middle of a 127-acre densely wooded area. It is located right off the highway with residents living very close just to the east and west. Most of the wooded area as described is to the north of the proposed site. The closest residents, a disabled gentleman and his wife, live less than 500 feet from the proposed location, with the site actually being visible from their home.   We ask for you to sign this petition and for your support for the following key reasons: • The processing plant is located in close proximity to many residents (some with small children) and a place of worship. This physical location poses a threat to the health and safety of these residents. • Potential changes in Ambient Noise Levels, and Peak Noise Levels will negatively impact the community.• Property Values will be impacted putting further financial burden on residents. • The processing facility would put pressure to conduct more exploration and possibly have further negative impact that could introduce even more health and safety risks.   On multiple occasions, Hellervik has given the impression that they want to be good community neighbors. We, the people of the community, ask that Hellervik maintain that commitment by taking the following actions: • Move the proposed location away from residential properties in an area where it can have benefit for land owners with gas wells and have no negative impact and significantly less risk on any community. • Conduct a comprehensive study and provide report to the community addressing the items listed below. Provide resolution for any unacceptable results.  Blast Radius (in the event of an explosion, the distance from the explosion that the fire consumes) Thermal Radiation (in the event of fire) Chemical Pollution Noise Pollution Air Quality  Environmental Impact • Maintain a proactive approach and work openly with the community to address any and all issues that arise before the plant is operational.

Deborah Miller
209 supporters