The Albany Times Union reached out to NYS Mothers Our Front Capital Region team for a reaction to the Williams Pipeline Water Quality permit denial and how that denial will impact the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop that is slated to begin its construction by the end of this summer. The newly formed Albany Mothers Out Front team is rapidly working on a strategic plan to oppose this pipeline.
Mothers Out Front is another local group that ties the expansion of natural gas pipelines to climate change.
Mothers Out Front in the Capital Region feels this decision on the Williams pipeline highlights the dangers the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop will have on the Hudson riverbed and surrounding communities if approved by the PSC," said local Mothers Out Front organizer Megan Root. "Similar to the Williams pipeline, National Grid has failed to present reliability and resiliency need for the E37 Albany Loop Pipeline to the communities it will serve.
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The power of mothers turns a potential "natural" gas plant into a DATA CENTER!
The Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing has announced some major changes to its operation. The Cayuga Power plant is looking to move away from re-powering with natural gas, but instead going in a whole different direction....
"Our strength is really tremendous in influencing decision makers. And so to see that the work we have been doing has really made a really noticeable difference is really empowering and really exciting," says Nora Brown, Activist with Mothers Out Front.
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DEP officials began a three-day hearing on the appeal Wednesday, where dozens of community members, experts and officials are expected to speak. Mothers Out Front is not a party in the appeal, but leader Carol Chamberlain said members decided to hold their press conference with other advocacy groups to help raise attention around the issue and put pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to intervene and revoke the permit.
"We're hoping it will be synergistic by proceeding on different fronts," Chamberlain said.
After a report released by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility calling out health risks of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station, mothers and others rallied!
Members of the citizens group and the action group Mothers Out Front gathered outside the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Boston office to warn of the health and safety threats they say the compressor station would bring to the Fore River basin.
“Governor Baker, do the right thing,” Amy Tai of Mothers Out Front said. “Do the moral thing. Listen to the scientists, doctors, elected leaders, boards of health, first responders and residents of the commonwealth. Rescind this permit. Stop this project.”
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On May 15th, Mothers Out Front joined our allies to rally and led a press conference to expose the health risks of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station.
While the first day of a three-day hearing unfolded inside the Department of Environmental Protection, several dozen members of the Mothers Out Front and other advocacy groups took to the streets to warn that the station would bring environmental and public-health harm to environmental justice communities in the Weymouth area.
"Emissions from this dangerous and dirty fossil fuel infrastructure will threaten the health and safety of the children of the Fore River Basin and beyond," said Anne Goodwin, one of the leaders of Mothers Out Front's Massachusetts chapter. "The northeast pipeline expansion this would be a part of will contribute to climate change at a time when we urgently need to stop using fossil fuels."
Check out this fantastic wind energy discussion played out in a news report on opposing Letters To The Editor regarding the #LightHouseWind Project in NY:
Lakeshore Mothers argued the project would provide host communities with thousands in much-needed tax revenue, have little effect on property values and kill far fewer migratory birds than would perish from unabated climate change. The group also linked climate change to the current flooding in the Great Lakes, which has pushed Lake Ontario's water level to 21 inches above average.
"Climate change is here and accelerating," Lakeshore Mothers writes in the letter. "We are experiencing the impacts of climate change right now, as the shores of Lake Ontario overflow - experiencing historic flooding for the second time in just two years."
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Renewable advocates criticize National Grid's decarbonization plan
By Marie J. French
05/13/2019 06:31 PM EDT
ALBANY — Renewable advocates criticized National Grid for its support of a natural gas pipeline and called for a commitment to zero emissions outside a forum convened by the utility on Monday.
National Grid hosted an event focused on strategies to achieve 80 percent emissions reductions by 2050 from 1990 levels at The Jerry, better known as the Albany Capital Center. The utility, which owns a natural gas distribution network in downstate New York and large swaths of upstate, sees accelerated conversions of customers from oil to natural gas as key to achieving that goal.Read more
Heather Stanton Guest columnist
Climate change is here.
Heavy storms and floods devastated homes and farms right here in Chemung County last summer. Summers are becoming hotter, on average, and spring arrives earlier than normal.
Our homes, our beautiful natural spaces and our farmland are in danger from increasingly severe weather events and changing climate patterns. Too much rain, droughts, species loss and unpredictable weather negatively impact agriculture, the economy and food security. If we continue to use fossil fuels at the same rate we do today, tomorrow may be more chaotic and dangerous for our kids. It’s a possibility that Mothers Out Front, a national organization of mothers, grandmothers and others more than 23,000 strong, are striving to avoid. We want all children to have a future where jobs are abundant, our country is secure, and our planet is healthy.That’s why we’re asking for something different than flowers, chocolate and brunch on Mother’s Day. This year, moms want the Chemung County Legislature to take action locally to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. To this end, we have attended and spoken at every meeting of the legislature this year. We have met individually with every member of the legislature who would meet with us.Read more
Groups rallied in Albany at the National Grid meeting on the need for clean renewable heat. In the first of a two part segment we hear from Laura Shindell of Food and Water Watch; four young students; Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Power,and Sen. Jen Metzger.
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At a rally with allies and Mothers Out Front New York, with guest speaker Aaron Mair, former president of the Sierra Club, protesters pushed for National Grid to stop expanding natural gas pipelines:
The protestors are urging National Grid to back off plans to build or expand natural gas pipelines across the state. In addition to the proposed E-37 project in Albany County, the utility company involved with a plan that would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York City....
"It is doing a lot of bad things to our Earth and we are kind of destroying it and this is our shot, we don’t have many more," 13-year-old Jessie Kelley said.