Thanks, Patti

Tonight we went to the reopening ceremony and celebration of Fort Tilden, closed almost two years (since Superstorm Sandy), We simply intended to distribute flyers and information on the Rockaway Pipeline to the crowd, and to let folks know that National Grid (for whom the pipeline was built) was one of the sponsors of the day. We thought that we’d also get to see Patti Smith and James Franco reading Walt Whitman. But there was more: we were so heartened to hear Patti speak against the project and express her hope that it would not be built! And as she spoke, clearly visible in the ocean was an enormous derrick ready to begin construction.

Thank you, Patti.

The song “The People Have the Power” brought the crowd together as one voice. With those words echoing in our ears, we made our way to the shore where the derrick squatted in the water, lights ablaze, preparing to dig the massive trench for the pipeline.

Who, indeed, has the power?

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You do.

The people of the Rockaways and all who visit deserve to be represented on this issue.

Are you concerned about summer construction on the beach? Or have questions about the radioactive gas that will be pumped in? What about the industrialization of our National Park, a refuge for wildlife, a place that belongs to us, the public? Do you have concerns about building a high-pressure pipeline in a flood zone, indeed on a sand bar?

Here are the names, email addresses and phone numbers of those elected to represent us.

MAKE WAVES!!!!

In the US Senate:

Senator Chuck Schumer, https://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm; scroll down and select “Energy/Environment”, then write your comment, or call (202) 224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/, select “Energy” or “Environment” or call (202) 224-4451

US House of Representatives

Congressman Gregory Meeks, NY-5 (Rockaway, Broad Channel) If you are in-district: https://Meeks.house.gov/contact-me  (718) 327-9791

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NY-8 (Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn neighborhoods on Jamaica Bay) If you are in-district: https://jeffries.house.gov/contact/email-me  (718) 237-2211 or (718) 373-0033

 In the NYS Senate:

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. District 15 (Rockaway, Broad Channel) addabbo@40senate.state.ny.us District Office in Howard Beach (718) 738-1111, Rockaway Satellite Office (718) 318-0702

Senator John L. Sampson, District 29 (Floyd Bennett Field, Mill Basin) sampson@nysenate.gov (718) 649-7653

James Sanders Jr. District 10 (Hammels, Arverne, Bayswater, Far Rockaway) sanders@nysenate.gov District Office in South Ozone Park (718) 523-3069, Far Rockaway Satellite Office (718) 327-7017

In the NYS Assembly:

Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder, District 23 (Rockaway, Broad Channel) GoldfederP@assembly.state.ny.us (718) 945-9550

NYC Mayor & City Council:

Mayor Bill DiBlasio, http://www.nyc.gov/html/static/pages/officeofthemayor/contact.shtml, choose message topic Environmental Concerns or Quality of Life, or just call 311

Council Member Donovan Richards Jr. District 31 (Hammels, Arverne, Edgemere, Bayswater, Far Rockaway)Chair – Environmental Committee, mailto:drichards@council.nyc.gov (718) 471-7014

Council Member Eric Ulrich, District 32 (Breezy Point, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach, Broad Channel) a champion of community safety, eulrich@council.nyc.gov (718) 738-1083

Council Member Alan Maisel, District 46 (Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Floyd Bennett Field, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Bergen Beach, Paerdegat Basin) AMaisel@council.nyc.gov (718) 2419330

Construction of the Pipeline Has Begun

Sadly, we report that earlier this month, FERC issued approvals for construction of the Rockaway Pipeline and the Metering & Regulating Station. Visitors to Riis Park and Floyd Bennett Field will see evidence that this work has begun. If you have questions or would like to stay informed about this campaign and what we can do, please email us at info@carpny.org

See the excellent article by Nick Pinto in the Gothamist.

 

 

FERC issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Rockaway Pipeline

On February 28 2014, the FERC staff concluded that, “if the proposed Projects are approved, constructed, and operated, the proposed facilities would result in some adverse environmental impacts. However, these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Transco’s proposed minimization and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the EIS.”

To read the full EIS, go here.

Given the safety record of the Williams Transco and other Williams subsidiaries, CARP wonders whether Transco will indeed implement sufficient measures to protect Gateway National Recreation Area and surrounding communities of the Rockaways and South Brooklyn from these adverse environmental impacts. During the comment period in late 2013, CARP submitted a 40-page document explaining our many objections to the construction of this pipeline. We are continuing our efforts to change the outcome of this project. The most pressing task at hand is to notify users of Riis Beach that construction is expected to begin in May or June of this year, and to mobilize the voices of the community and visitors to alert their representatives in city and state office that this is unacceptable.

We will post outreach opportunities at this site.

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at info@carpny.org.

 

The Pipeline Follies

Concert and Fundraiser for CARP

The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline

is coming your way

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 7-10 P.M.

MUSIC, MAGIC and ART in the beautiful

Park Slope United Methodist Church

6th Avenue at 8th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

(F train to 7th Avenue station at 9th Street)

***   $10 admission, or whatever you can afford   ***

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbxWr8EW4oA

For the past two years CARP has been campaigning to stop the Rockaway pipeline. With the able assistance of environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, CARP submitted a detailed 40-page document to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission explaining why this pipeline must not be built. This document will provide the basis for a legal appeal if FERC grants Williams Transco permission to construct the pipeline. Now we are waiting for FERC’s decision

Regardless of the outcome of this struggle, CARP will continue to educate people about climate change and mobilize against Big Energy. But we can’t do this without your help. We need to raise $1,000 to pay our able and generous legal team. And we need money to fund flyers and forums.

So come to our fundraiser on February 28! Performers include:

Jonathan Fluck, thespian and Master of Ceremonies

Pinetree, Floyd Bennett Field gardener, poet, and singer

Anne Bassen voice, with Edith Lettner on sax

folksingers Peter Pasco and Joel Landy

Such as Us, The Lords of Liechtenstein

Kid Ace (master of the magical arts)

Elizabeth Soychak (the Lady in the Green Dress from The Highline Renegade Cabaret)

Ay Mayo! (Afro-Columbian drums of power)

the legendary Rude Mechanical Orchestra

and – direct from the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street the medieval mixed media known as a Cantastoria.

Video and photography courtesy of Environment TV.

And if you can’t make it but still want to contribute, you can make a tax-deductible donation of any size through our DONATE! page.