After six months of concerted organizing efforts, the Finger Lakes Community Team had a HUGE win in its efforts to block the Dominion New Market gas expansion.
Just as Dominion Transmission was breaking ground to install new equipment at the Borger Compressor in the Town of Dryden, Town Supervisor, Jason Leifer and the Town of Dryden informed the Virginia-based gas giant that they were revoking two local permits and requiring Dominion to apply for a Special Use Permit in order to carry out expected modifications. This decision on the part of the town throws a monkey wrench into Dominion's plans for expanding the volume of gas flowing through this site by 100,000,000 cubic feet per day.
Read all about it at Ithaca.com by clicking here.
Please sign this “Thank You” card to Supervisor Leifer and the Dryden Town Board for having the moral courage to stand up to Dominion. The Town of Dryden was “out front” on banning fracking and is now taking a stand on gas expansion.
Mothers Out Front volunteers did research, met with allies, held community meetings, tabled at events, canvassed door-to-door, met with elected officials from Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton to members of the Tompkins County Legislature to the Tompkins County Department of Health. Mothers showed up and spoke at Town Board meetings and met individually with members of the Dryden Town Board. We also launched a monitoring campaign in Ellis Hollow, including air quality testing and a health study of local residents. We did this out of concern for the health and safety of local residents and also out of concern about the climate impact of further gas expansion in New York.
Mothers Out Front would like to thank our allies and supporters both locally and all along the pipeline who helped us to get this win including: Otsego 2000, Toxics Targeting, Fossil Free Tompkins, Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), Sustainable Tompkins, Cayuga Water Protectors, Sane Energy Project, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Madison County Preservation, Mohawk Valley Keeper and FrackTracker Alliance.
If you live in Dryden or the surrounding area:
ATTEND COMMUNITY MEETING hosted by Mothers Out Front- Fingerlakes to plan next steps related to Borger expansion on June 5th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Varna Fire Hall in Varna, NY.
“I am encouraged to see that the residents of Ellis Hollow will now have the protections of the Town of Dryden’s comprehensive plan and the zoning codes, including the special use permit process. On behalf of our dedicated volunteers and all those who have worked with us, I would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the Town of Dryden for supporting our grassroots outreach work and responding to our concerns.”
-- Katie Quinn-Jacobs, volunteer team co-coordinator, Dryden