Bomb trains carrying massive amounts of fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and tar sands from Canada, are cutting across New York State on the way to the Port of Albany and nearby transfer yards, and then down the Hudson River corridor to East Coast refineries.This boom in crude oil transportation is raising serious public safety and environmental concerns due to the extreme volatility of Bakken crude, the sheer volume of oil being transported, and the poor safety record of the type of tank cars used to carry most of this oil.
These trains are called “bomb trains” for a reason: Fracked oil is highly volatile, containing a toxic and explosive mix of butane, ethane and propane. When one of these trains derails, it can create a devastating fireball that is capable of destroying an entire town and killing scores of people— as happened in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July 2013.Read more
The Oil and Gas Industry is Invading New York – #1 in a series
Catskill Mountainkeeper is calling New York’s attention to an unfolding crisis as the fossil fuel industry tries to turn New York into an oil and gas state. We must stop the numerous oil and gas infrastructure projects that are in various stages of proposal and construction that represent a grave danger to our environment and our health.
Most New Yorkers are unaware that the oil and gas industry is trying to increase our dependence on fossil fuels by investing billions of dollars to construct massive infrastructure projects to transport, store, and use oil and gas in New York. Our state is in danger of becoming a superhighway for the transport of these fuels from North Dakota, other states and Canada, much of it on its way to refineries in New Jersey and lucrative overseas markets. New Yorkers will pay a high price for having fossil fuels traveling through our backyards, in threats to our environment and adverse effects on our health from toxic pollution, poisonous spills, and catastrophic explosions. Building infrastructure for dirty fossil fuels is absolutely the wrong strategy for New York and our country. We must stop new fossil fuel development to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, and we must invest in renewable energy.Read more
Just four months ago, you and I won a dramatic victory when New York State dealt an apparent death blow to the Constitution Pipeline by denying it a crucial water quality certification. But the Constitution Pipeline Company LLC -- the energy giant behind this fossil fuel monstrosity -- will not let the project die. The company has just filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals, challenging not only the State’s decision but its very right to stop the pipeline.
Catskill Mountainkeeper has moved swiftly to intervene in this pivotal case and ensure that New York State’s historic decision is upheld. Please make a special tax-deductible contribution right now to help us wage this all-important fight for our environment, our communities, and our climate.Read more
Activists needed to fight the Millennium Pipeline Company’s proposed Eastern System Upgrade Project, which poses an unacceptable risk to people, homes, and businesses right here in the Catskills!
This proposed expansion includes two new noisy, dirty and dangerous 22,400 horsepower natural gas compressor stations. One is proposed in Sullivan County, in the Town of Highland, and the other would be an addition to the existing Hancock Compressor Station, in Delaware County.
We're so pleased with the wonderful news that last night the New York State Assembly extended the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit Program to the Catskills and Hudson Valley, a move that will encourage film production in our region and foster economic growth. The Senate already passed this bill earlier this year, and it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
In an amazing victory for our forests, waterways and communities, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has formally denied the water quality certification as required by the Clean Water Act for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.Read more
April 26 is looming large.
That’s the deadline Governor Cuomo has to act to kill the Constitution Pipeline -- or else New York State will waive its right to stop this disastrous, climate-wrecking project.
All the Governor and his Department of Environmental Conservation need to do is deny the pipeline a water quality certification.Read more
Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have the power to reject this pipeline once and for all, right now! All DEC needs to do is deny water quality certification under the Clean Water Act by April 26th, and the pipeline project is dead, period. This is New York's chance to protect our State's rights, our people and our waterways. SEND THE GOVERNOR A MESSAGE NOW!
The energy giant behind the dangerous Constitution Pipeline has announced that it is delaying the opening of the fracked gas pipeline until 2017. This delay is a major victory for citizens fighting those pipeline companies that would run roughshod over New York’s communities and environment. We need your help to kill the Constitution once and for all. Please consider making a gift to help us go to court!