Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM
Dear Governor Cuomo, Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project. As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one. Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project. Sincerely, Local Organizations: ResistSpectra, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion) and SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and the following residents of New York and the surrounding regions:
Petition to Tom Wolf
Governor Wolf: Protect Our Schools and Communities Under PA Health and Safety Statute
Governor Tom Wolf: Texas-based Sunoco Pipeline/Energy Transfer Partners has taken advantage of so-called certificates of public convenience, issued in the 1930s, to claim public utility status and the awesome sovereign power of eminent domain for its troubled “Mariner East” project. Sunoco proposes to construct up to three hazardous, highly volatile liquids pipelines, to transport industrial quantities of liquid ethane, propane and butane through densely populated Pennsylvania counties for the purpose of shipping these materials overseas for plastics production. No agency of the state or federal government has exercised authority over the route selected by Sunoco for its own maximum convenience. If these materials are released for any reason, they become odorless, colorless heavier-than-air gas which is extremely flammable or explosive. These materials present a unique set of public safety hazards which have not been adequately evaluated. The Health and Safety Statute of Pennsylvania (Title 35, Chapter 77) identifies the Governor and all state agencies responsible for disaster prevention. Municipal authorities across Chester and Delaware counties have acknowledged the new and unique hazard to its citizens from Mariner East. Many townships and school districts have sent Resolutions of Concern to Governor Wolf regarding the dangers of the Mariner East project and the need for intervention with no response. Under Commonwealth law, when a new threat is identified at the local level, Governor Wolf has the authority to direct all appropriate state agencies to conduct comprehensive hazard assessments so that emergency preparedness plans and appropriate emergency response procedures are developed. Sunoco has a risk assessment for this project that it refuses to release. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency handbook states that elected officials will work with, and support, county emergency management coordinators to ensure that the community is prepared to respond to disasters. This includes a mitigation plan with a hazard analysis and vulnerability impacts—and yet, no such document has been provided. Separately, school districts are required to file an emergency preparedness plan that is reevaluated yearly under Pennsylvania school code Title 22 Safe Schools. School districts must put all emergency preparedness plans on file with the county offices by September 30th. Our school districts are grossly unprepared without a hazard assessment to fully understand the risks as they exist of running highly volatile liquids pipelines in unsafe proximity to at least forty schools and many more child care centers. Our most vulnerable members of society, our children, have virtually no chance of proper evacuation without formal, expert-led preparedness to identify the most efficient and safe route based on topography and wind direction in real time. Sunoco's suggested plan for homes, schools, businesses and senior living facilities? Self-evacuate immediately: on foot, uphill and upwind, to a minimum initial distance of one-half mile. This is simply not a credible plan, and schools have already been out of compliance for two years, as “Mariner East 1” has been operational since 2014, experiencing three reported leaks of highly volatile liquids over the space of less than one year. Sunoco reported that each of these leaks occurred in a “High Consequence Area;” Governor Wolf, we’ve been lucky so far. Will it require “high consequences” to get your attention? Governor Wolf, Sunoco’s reckless Mariner East project is not essential infrastructure, nor is it about fuel or energy for Pennsylvanians. The proposed project is not necessary to the kind of life we want to lead, as you recently put it—in fact, the project is antithetical to our core values of public safety, property values, and private property rights guaranteed under the Constitution of Pennsylvania. We, the concerned citizens of our Commonwealth, ask that you fulfill the duties of the office we have entrusted to you, in compliance with your responsibilities under Pennsylvania statutes, to protect our society—especially its most vulnerable members, including children, our senior citizens, and the physically challenged. We call on you to direct your Department of Environmental Protection to revoke the deficient permits the agency hastily issued to Sunoco. And we call on you to issue an immediate safety-based halt to Mariner East construction until your duty to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all Pennsylvanians has been fulfilled.
Petition to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Stop the Line 3 Pipeline
What if we told you that another pipeline even longer than the Dakota Access Pipeline was threatening our water, land, and the treaty rights of indigenous communities from the U.S. to Canada? This project will cement young people like ourselves into a lifetime of dangerous climate change, and we need your help to stop it. Will you stand with the future generations? Sign to ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline. We, the Youth Climate Interveners, are a group of 13 young people under the age of 25 who recently won legal standing in the case against the pipeline. After much work, we were able to prove that we would suffer disproportionate personal harm by this project, which will carry up to 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. This oil must stay in the ground in order for the earth to remain liveable for the young people building a future on it. Add your name to the petition – for us. Rose is a member of the Ho-Chunk and Santee Dakota nations, and has seen how oil projects ignore Native American Treaty rights and increase violence against indigenous women. We feel a responsibility to prevent the harmful effects the project’s construction will cause to the creatures, waterways and people in its path and to stop the carbon which threatens the earth and will be produced because of this pipeline. Young people deserve clean water and a future free from fossil fuels – we all do. Don’t let Enbridge take that away from us.Follow the Youth Climate Intervenors on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YouthClimateIntervenors/ Learn more about the resistance at www.stopline3.org While we are unaffiliated with any organization and representing ourselves in this process, we want to share our gratitude for the support and collaboration we've had from the Power Shift Network, MN350, Honor the Earth, and the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter!
Petition to Lionell Spruill Sr., Rick West, Robert Duvall, Robert M. Blue, Tom Farrell, Cliff Hayes, Norfolk City Council
Stop the VNG Southside Connector Pipeline in Hampton Roads
Virginia Natural Gas wants to install a 24” steel natural gas pipeline, called the Southside Connector, which will run from Salter Street in Norfolk to Bainbridge Boulevard and S Military Highway in Chesapeake. This project would run through many residential neighborhoods such as Indian River, Georgetown, Holly Point and Berkley in Chesapeake, causing safety, health, water contamination, and property rights problems. This is an unwanted and unwarranted project., natural gas service is already available to these areas, and demand for natural gas remains flat.We demand that our elected representatives and our utilities step up for us and put people before profit and cancel this proposed project.
Petition to Kinder-Morgan , Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House
Stop Kinder-Morgan Pipeline
The Kinder Morgan Pipeline was laid 70 years ago with a limited available labor source during World War II and 1940s regulations, far below modern safety standards. Kinder Morgan has never tested or "repurposed" a 24 inch pipeline, and quarry blasting, logging, roads, and Kentucky soils have impacted the pipes' integrity over time. The depth of the pipeline is variable, also impacting its integrity. In Kentucky alone, a leak at Hogsett Elementary in Boyle County would put children at risk, and, if an earthquake were to occur at the Boyle County fault, this would breach the pipeline; if the pipeline is breached, over 900,000 gallons of toxic NGLs would spew over farmland and pollute Herrington Lake, Boyle County's only water supply, for decades. This controversial pipeline must be stopped.
Petition to Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price, Jr., David Ryu, Mitchell Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino
Los Angeles Divest from DAPL #DivestLA
We the people call on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council to divest from Wells Fargo. We will not support financial institutions that illegally foreclose on working-class families, discriminate against people of color or low-income consumers, commit mortgage fraud, invest in oppression against indigenous peoples, or finance the destruction of our shared environment.We are petitioning LA City Council to pass an ordinance to end the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo, and amend the current Responsible Banking Ordinance (RBO) to include stronger social and environmental criteria when considering banking contracts.Wells Fargo is a major financier of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline project that has destroyed sacred tribal lands, endangers the clean water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and millions of Americans, and has resulted in human rights violations of indigenous peoples and water protectors.Wells Fargo’s morally bankrupt practices are further exemplified by the 2016 lawsuit filed against the bank by the Los Angeles City Attorney for fraudulently opening more than two million unauthorized checking and credit card accounts, victimizing ordinary citizens for profit gain. For their deceptive practices, the bank settled with the County and City of Los Angeles for $185 million. This is one of numerous lawsuits filed against Wells Fargo by the city. Our representatives cannot continue to trust taxpayer money with a bank repeatedly sued for corruption. The City of Seattle recently achieved a landmark victory by divesting $3 billion from Wells Fargo, specifically highlighting the bank’s recent settlement with the City of LA and financing Dakota Access Pipeline. The City of Davis, CA followed suit by voting to divest $125 million from Wells Fargo. The divestment movement is underway.Cities all across the United States are strengthening socially responsible banking ordinances and divesting from unethical banks. We can no longer sit idle as our banks profit from injustice. The people are ready to take on the big banks and fossil fuel industry, regardless of who resides in the White House. Seattle was the first major city to divest. Los Angeles will be next.We are calling on our elected city officials and all Los Angeles residents to take a stand for a socially conscious and ethical world and divest all funds from DAPL. Stand with the people and protect the planet. Divest for our future.#DivestLADrafted by Revolution LA.
Petition to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Stop the NEXUS Pipeline!
The proposed 250-mile NEXUS Pipeline would snake through Ohio and Southeast Michigan, carrying up to 1.5 billion cubic feet daily of fracked natural gas under high pressure. NEXUS is dangerous. The pipeline would come within 400 feet of a school and within 50 feet of homes, placing them well within the incineration zone if an accident were to occur. Over 10 miles of the pipeline would pass through low-income urbanized areas. And it endangers sensitive wetland areas--April's Rover Pipeline construction accident, which destroyed an Ohio wetland, shows what can happen. What's more, the developers--Enbridge and DTE--are recklessly seeking a waiver which would allow them to put odorless gas in the pipeline. If the waiver is approved, a leak could happen and no one would smell it. NEXUS is unnecessary. Michigan and Ohio have excess natural gas capacity. That's why the gas in the pipeline will end up being delivered to Ontario. While it will create temporary construction jobs, we know that green energy projects create more jobs, for longer. Why would our government take risks with the lives of Michigan and Ohio families when we don't even need the gas? Sign this petition to let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission know: we don't want another pipeline near our schools and our natural environment!