Mountainkeeper is calling attention to an unfolding crisis as the fossil fuel industry tries to turn New York into an oil and gas state. Our work on these issues has taken on even greater urgency now that our country has a President-elect who has consistently touted the production of more coal, oil, and natural gas, and has selected a leading “climate denier” as the head of his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. In the face of this new political landscape, Mountainkeeper is ready and determined to fight back hard and work strategically wherever we can. The shipping industry is trying to increase the amount of oil that is being transported on the Hudson River -- we must stop this from happening.
We did it! Thanks to the calls and emails of Mountainkeeper activists and others, Governor Cuomo signed the bill expanding the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit to the Catskills and Hudson Valley into law. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Governor Cuomo, and the bill sponsors Senator Amedore and Assemblywoman Gunther. Additional thanks to Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein; Laurent Rejto, Commissioner of the Hudson Valley Film Commission; Sullivan County Legislative Chairman, Luis Alvarez; City of Middletown Mayor, Joe DeStefano; and Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie.Read more
Catskill Mountainkeeper condemns state-sponsored violence in the name of a fossil fuel company’s profits and stands in solidarity with the all of the tribal nations and water protectors against the Dakota Access pipeline. We join the outcry urging President Obama to call off the National Guard, send in the Department of Justice, and halt pipeline construction immediately.Read more
The wait is over! The bill expanding the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit to the Catskills and Hudson Valley has been delivered to Governor Cuomo for his signature. Now is the time to call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and ask him to approve the expansion of the bill (if you choose option 2 and you can just leave a message.)Read more
We may be only days away from Spectra Energy’s high pressure, fracked-gas Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline going into operation. Mountainkeeper is working to stop the build out of all gas infrastructure projects because they will tie us to dirty fossil fuels at a time when we need to build a clean, renewable energy future. AIM is particularly egregious because as the pipeline spans three New York counties, it crosses two fault lines, passes only 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Safety infrastructure, and travels just 400 feet from an elementary school.Read more
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.
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.
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.