Today the oil and gas industry is trying to run roughshod across the U.S., disregarding our health and environment, the sovereign rights of Indigenous nations, farmers' interests, and the voices of millions of Americans who care about our climate. We are coming to you with a call to action, both on a national fight, and one here at home.
This morning the State Department granted the first big Federal permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, "to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (“TransCanada”) authorizing TransCanada to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana for the importation of crude oil."
This first step is a step in the wrong direction, but this is not the final step. There are many other permits that people are fighting all along the proposed pipeline route. We need to support and be engaged in those fights, and to make sure everyone's voices are heard. We can act now.
There will be a New York City, rapid response rally held today, Friday, March 24th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Trump International Hotel and Tower located at One Central Park West - Columbus Circle. Please RSVP on Facebook and share widely through your lists and social media.
While TransCanada tries to build across the center of the country, here at home, we continue to fight the oil and gas industry onslaught to create more markets for their oil, and gas – driving up their profits on the backs of our communities - by bringing in dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure. New York State led the way by banning fracking in 2015, and today must continue to protect New York's health, communities, water, air, and land by stopping this development.
Currently, the NYS DEC must decide by April 7th on the Water Quality Certificate (WQC) and an Article 19 Air State Facility (ASF) permit. Until then, they need to hear our voices."
Join us on Monday, as we start our week supporting our allies - Energy Justice Network, Sierra Club Niagara Chapter, and Clean Air Council - fighting the Northern Access Pipeline. The rally will be held in Albany on March 27, from 12pm – 2pm at the NYS DEC Building, 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233. We'll call on the Governor and the NYS DEC to reject Northern Access Pipeline’s 401 WQC and Article 19 ASF permit. Please RSVP on Facebook
And, you can help by calling Governor Cuomo: (518) 474-8390 (Press 3 at prompt). Tell him that DEC must deny the 401 WQC and the ASF permit for the Northern Access Pipeline Project like they did for the Constitution Pipeline. You can also call the NYS DEC at 518-402-8545.
These are a few ways that you can help bring change here at home. Together we are standing in the face of national opposition and fighting for our communities, our health, and the planet. We want you - Mountainkeeper’s strongest friends and allies - to know that we will continue to bring you important information about these threats and how you can help stand with us and our allies to stop them.
Thank you for all you’re doing to stand with our team as a Mountainkeeper supporter.