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Preaching Down the Spectra Gas Pipeline


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Kit
- 775 days ago - nationofchange.org
The Occupy Wall Street's Environmental Solidarity Working Group, along with other community organizations, hosted the "church service" as part of a fight against Texas-based Spectra Energy's plan for a 30-inch, high-pressure gas pipeline that would-->



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Kit B. (277)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:23 am

Tucked away on West 16th Street in Manhattan, among the nightclubs and food purveyors of the Meatpacking District, the Highline Ballroom may seem an unlikely place for a gospel revival. But on Sunday afternoon, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping brought their unique liturgy to a standing-room-only crowd. The construction site of the Spectra gas pipeline served as a figurative, and, by the end of the day, literal backdrop for a musical sermon on the evils of high finance, fossil fuel dependence and corporate-mediated culture.

The Occupy Wall Street’s Environmental Solidarity Working Group, along with other community organizations, hosted the “church service” as part of a fight against Texas-based Spectra Energy’s plan for a 30-inch, high-pressure gas pipeline that would cross the Hudson River, entering Manhattan on Gansevoort Street, just steps away from a park and playground. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved the pipeline, as did the Hudson River Park Trust. The trust’s board of directors is chaired by Diana L. Taylor, partner of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is also a pipeline supporter.

The pipeline would pass through several municipalities in New Jersey, and some of these, notably Jersey City, have fought the pipeline aggressively. The city argued that FERC cannot be objective in its approval process because the agency’s budget depends on fees from approved pipelines. Jersey City’s counsel called the process “a rigged game” in legal filings, according to The Jersey Journal.

Meanwhile, Spectra’s website devoted to the project touts what it says is the company’s good safety record, while emphasizing prospects for creating jobs and the region’s energy needs. But, saneenergyproject.org, one of the organizers of Sunday’s event, raises the question of whether the gas is even intended for use in the New York area, or if it is to be exported to the highest bidder. The site also criticizes Spectra’s safety record, citing “a history of safety issues.” Last month, Spectra projects in Canada sustained two pipeline ruptures in less than a week. A gas pipeline operated by a different company in San Bruno, Ca., exploded in 2010, killing eight people and leveling 38 homes. Manhattan is much more densely populated, making the risk to life and property even greater in the event of an explosion. Despite these risks, activists say JPMorgan Chase has invested $1.5 billion in the project.
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Great article - please do read at Visit Site.
 

Angela N. (0)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:25 am
thanks
 

Kamila A. (141)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:12 pm
It is so good to know that there are these organizations that are working so hard and so diligently, and often at personal expense for the good of all of the world and humanity. These people remind us all that we are all in this together, we are One. Thanks Kit
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:17 pm
noted
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:55 pm
noted, thx!
 

samantha l (0)
Friday July 6, 2012, 3:32 pm
Noted!
 

Teresa Fazackerley (327)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:09 pm
noted, thank you
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 8:53 pm
I bet a lot of terrorist groups are hoping this "30-inch, high-pressure gas pipeline that would cross the Hudson River, entering Manhattan on Gansevoort Street, just steps away from a park and playground" will be built. And if that scenario isn't enough to make them salivate, "The pipeline would pass through several municipalities in New Jersey."

In an article titled "Pipeline Security: New Technology For Today’s Demanding Environment" by Adrian Fielding, Honeywell Process Solutions | May 2012: "For pipeline operators, the three main types of third-party damage are theft, terrorism and construction work. Pipeline tampering and pilferage are common problems in developing countries. Pipelines are also an easy 'soft target' for terrorist organizations whose declared aim is to damage Western economic and political interests."

What a target! And they LOVE the location...

Great article, as always. Thanks for posting it, Kit!
 
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