Here is an article by the organization ‘Take Part’ about March rally against the Minisink Compressor Station:
Knock, Knock: Your New Neighbor Might Be a Neurotoxin
With the decision to frack New York’s shale deposits on hold while the state’s health commissioner seeks more details on its impacts, the fight over natural gas continues in other areas of the Empire State.
One hotbed is Minisink, population 4,400 and home to many 9/11 first responders. Here, a plan to build a natural gas compressor station in the town’s epicenter has drawn the ire of many locals.
The $43 million station is part of the massive NiSource/Millenium Pipeline project, which, if completed, would extend from Canada through the Hudson Valley and into New York City. The reality is that with 26 percent of the country’s energy coming from natural gas, it must be delivered somehow, no matter where it originates.
Pramilla Malick and Asha Canalos, of the grassroots group Stop MCS, tell TakePart that their biggest problem with the station is location. There are nearly 200 homes within a half mile of the current site of the compressor station, which was chosen over an alternate that’s nearly a mile from the closest home. The group is appealing to a federal court in an effort to get construction stopped.
Natural gas proponents see the fossil fuel as a clean “bridge” between coal and alternatives, including wind, solar and geothermal. President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and many mainstream environmentalists are very vocally “for” natural gas expansion.
NiSource Inc., the company that is building the Minisink station, contends that growth in natural gas use over coal is already improving air quality in populated parts of the country, including the Northeast.
I caught up with Malick and Canalos in the days after a recent protest.
CLICK HERE to read the full interview
Representatives from grassroots groups across several states will be in Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend a public meeting of a federal commission. They will also be there to protest what they call the agency’s rubber-stamping of natural-gas infrastructure projects.
The Day of Action comes under the banner of “We the People Matter ”, a new organization, and web site, that connects several grassroots groups that Asha Canalos says are fighting similar battles – the agency’s track record of approving natural-gas infrastructure projects despite citizen opposition.
Canalos is with the group “Stop the Minisink Compressor Station”, which is protesting the natural-gas compressor station well under construction in Orange County’s Hamlet of Westtown, where many 9/11 first responders reside. She and her fellow petitioners are waiting for a full hearing of their case currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals, a case that challenges FERC’s approval of the project. FERC is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
For the full article WAMC Northeast Public Radio and to hear the interview please CLICK HERE
It is pretty easy to see why Minisink residents have been fighting for about 19 months to stop the construction of the Minisink Compressor Station. The image below was posted in the past, easily proves our point, and we believe needs to be seen again as a reminder. Why construct a compressor station in the middle of a residential/agriculturally zoned area, that is surrounded by families, when the gas company already owns an 18 acre industrial site 10 miles away, with no residents for almost a mile, and the site held a compressor station in the past? Millennium Pipeline claims to the press that the alternative site would cause more environmental damage. We know this is a flat out lie, but you don’t need to take our word for it. FERC Chairman Wellinghoff and Commissioner LaFleur disagree with Millennium and have stated in their comments on the docket. ”
“…the Wagoner Alternative demonstrates a significant environmental advantage over the proposed project” – Commissioner LaFleur
…”the Neversink Segment result in the need for decreased compression, and the corresponding decreased emissions and fuel requirements” – FERC Chairman Wellinghoff
Please see the “Ordering Issuing Certificate” under the press room tab for both Wellinghoff and LaFleur’s full comments.
Saturday, February 16th Minsink residents held a rally across from the compressor station construction site. Several speakers to include, John Feal – President of the Fealgood Foundation, Tanyette Colon from Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies, Paul Gallay – President of Hudson Riverkeeper, Angela Fox from Mother’s Project, Dr. Larysa Dyrszka, Denise Katzman from the Sane Energy Project, and Dimock, PA resident and activist Vera Scroggins addressed the crowd of over 100 residents in support of a stay of construction. Minisink residents were moved by overwhelming support and are very thankful for their attendance.
For rally coverage :
After a long 18 months, the national media outlets have turned their attention on Minisink. Last week several news outlets, such as the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal Online, The Huffington Post, Fox News, and Miami Herald, covered the ongoing battle over the 12,260 horsepower compressor station currently being constructed only 650 feet from residences.
We will add links to coverage as our fight continues.
Show Millennium We’re Standing Strong and Minisink Matters!
Due to the winter storm the rally has been rescheduled for Saturday February 16th at 12:30pm!!
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Rally in Minisink, NY Postponed to Saturday, Feb.16th Due to Winter Storm Nemo Will Feature New Line-up of Speakers
Minisink, New York, Feb.12, 2013 – The rally originally scheduled for Feb.9th has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb.16th, as winter storm conditions prevented safe travel for our guests. Mark Ruffalo will unfortunately not be able to attend this weekend’s rally. However, several notable guests are expected to attend and speak at the event, including prominent 9-11 First Responder advocate, John Feal.
Construction of the project is rapidly underway, and the community has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for a stay of construction, pending a full hearing of their case currently before the court. The case challenges approval of the project by the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission- a process that claimed 18 months and yielded controversial results. Minisink residents are demanding their right to due process.
The rally will begin at 12:30 p.m., and will be held directly across from the construction site at 107 Jacobs Road in Westtown, New York. More details on the event and key speakers will follow in the next few days.
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Thank you to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network for creating this video and examining the negative effects citizens are forced to endure from compressor stations.
Dear Ms. Fisher,
You are correct in having concerns about the Natural Gas Compressor Station. I raise registered Limousin Cattle. Yes, I have had a major problem with fertility of my prize bull being sterile. After 15 years of raising cattle here, this is the first bull to be sterile. He was raised on the same side of the hill as the compressor station. My other bulls were raised on the opposite side of the hill further away from the Low Frequency Noise (LFN). This bull was genetically tested and found to be homozygous polled and homozygous black, which means he would always throw a black and polled calf. After he reached breeding age, I had him tested for fertility. The vet said inconclusive as to fertility. Twice more, I had him tested by another vet, who said he was not able to breed.
All my other bulls were very fertile. The sire of the bulls had sold for $520,000. I got the sire’s semen before he became popular. I was extremely disappointed to have this prize bull be sterile.
I am more concerned about the LFN effect on humans. Especially when my grand children come to stay with us. I have suffered brain damage, heart damage, ruptured ear drum twice and now have a permanent hole in my ear drum and suffer from restless leg syndrome. I have lived in my home 21 years in near perfiect health before the compressor station came. It is 0.9 miles from our home. Our neighbors are suffering also including ruptured ear drums, vertigo, restless leg syndrome, incontinence in younger women. Men can become sterile also and suffer sexual dysfunction. All of these are symptoms of Vibro-Acoustic Disease (VAD) caused by LFN from compressor stations.
We have had several people die recently from brain aneurisms and heart attacks. All of them had LFN at their homes. To have a compressor station within 20 feet of a home is absolutely absurd. It will be uninhabitable. One home here within 500 feet of the compressor station near me and on the opposite side has sold four times and now is owned again by the compressor station owner. It is uninhabitable!
LFN is noise between 25 and 500 cycles per second (cps) frequency and is below the normal human hearing range of 500 to 20,000 cps frequency. However, it affects 70 percent of people in its five to eight mile path in every direction. The LFN must be eliminated at the source as is done in Colorado. Noise testing must be done at the property line of the compressor station. Any noise within the human hearing range must not be greater than 55 dBC at their fence line according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The “C” scale is the environmental scale for noise and is weighted to include all sounds in the environment.
We now have 130 compressor stations in our county and more are being built. Texas, like Idaho, does not have a state noise law to protect us. See my generic petition attached for facts. Only six states have a state noise law: New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorago. The rest of us are just unprotected. I tried to get a state noise law passed for Texas to no avail. Oil and Gas lobbied and spent a lot of money to prevent passage. Thirty eight noise bills had been introduced, but none got out of committee during the 2009 legislative session. I ran for State Representative in my district during the last election, obtaining 30 percent of the vote. I may run again in 2012.
This is a very serious issue for families and agriculture. Fight this installation for all you’re worth. Otherwise, your life will never be the same. I have been tortured for three and one half years. I have taken every action possible to no avail.
Folks from Connecticutt to Colorado have requested help from me. I have worked with the cities of Ft. Worth and Dallas on their city ordinances for natural gas development. You might look up the movie GASLAND and obtain a copy on DVD. Go to www.gaslandthemovie.com I am in the movie for a brief time about the noise. I do not get any compensation from it. The main thrust of the movie is the effect of fracking of gas wells on ground water and water wells. It is worth the effort to see it. The movie was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. It has drawn national attention to a very serious problem.
Charles E. Morgan, P.E., Inactive
Citizens for Environmental Clean-Up (CEC)
P.O. Box 1534
Fairfield, Texas 75840