We are very pleased to present a rare educational forum and Q&A led by one of the nation’s leading experts on community impacts from gas development (ie compressor stations). Wilma Subra, a renowned environmental scientist, is coming to Minisink from LA to lead a discussion by a panel of experts on the environmental health impacts of the gas compressor station. She, along with the other panelist are highly qualified to answer any questions you may have about exposure to the facility in Minisink. Please see the attached flier Community Health Forum – Minisink for details on the two events. Here is a short video about Wilma Subra
These events are FREE but please RSVP so we can ensure enough seating:
TUESDAY DECEMBER 10
7:00PM – 9:00 PM
Unionville Community Center
(Next to Annabel’s Pizza)
12 Main Street
Village of Unionville, NY
(Childcare & Pizza for kids provided)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 12
10:00am – 12:00pm
11-19 Depot Avenue
On July 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. attorney, Carolyn Elefant, filed an Initial Brief (main legal case) on behalf of Minisink, NY residents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Docket No. 12-1481) to overturn the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) July 17, 2012 Order certificating the construction of the new 12,260hp Minisink Compressor Station in the middle of a community. (See FERC Order as well as Rehearing challenges by residents at www.ferc.gov under Docket No. CP11-515). Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC had the responsibility and ability to use its existing infrastructure for its own project before pushing a new greenfield construction in the middle of 200+ families within the first half-mile radius of the new site.
The Initial Brief seeks reversal of the FERC Order and the deconstruction of the Minisink Compressor Station. FERC will be filing their response to the Court mid-September then Millennium will file their response the first week of October. Lastly, residents will respond by mid-October with the Final Briefs due the first week in November 2013. A three judge panel will then review our case and oral arguments should be scheduled for the parties in question.
Minisink residents have argued that the FERC process has been heavily biased in favor of Millennium; thus the process has been “arbitrary and capricious.” Among the arguments supporting prejudicial decision-making by FERC are:
– The Commission did not properly take into account Millennium’s current and future plans
– Nullification of reasonable Alternatives for any natural gas project
– Inevitable upgrade to the bottlenecked 24-inch diameter 7.2-mile Neversink pipe segment
– Failing to consider the resident-backed Wagoner Alternative as the best option
– Stonewalling residents on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other material documents
– Improperly balancing the project’s benefits against adverse economic impacts
– Relying heavily on Millennium’s own engineering analysis
– Arbitrarily refusing to take a serious look at prominent pipeline engineer’s report
– Contradicting its own ruling elsewhere to support approval of the project
– Giving more weight to permanent construction over temporary disruption of the Wagoner Alternative
– Not adequately responding to the two dissenting Commissioners’ concerns
The court does not get involved with minor issues or expertise in FERC’s purview like noise, health, etc. However, the court looks at these issues if not fairly applied. This case is more than just complaints about property devaluation, noise, and health concerns. This case is mainly about due process violations by the federal government when they ignored key facts in our case like: the inevitable upgrade to the 24-inch 7.2-mile Neversink pipe segment; lack of sharing information with residents; failure to choose the only economically and preferable Wagoner Alternative; and, the arbitrary and capricious manner in which FERC decided this case in spite of the facts before them.
Click on this link to send a letter to Gillibrand demanding that she help the community of Minisink!! Its fast and easy and you won’t get spam emails from this site.
Minisink familes traveled a long distance with very young kids to come into the city and let her know that we need her help and her staff couldn’t even come down to meet the group and receive the letter. If you agree this is shameful call her office and let them know!!
Everyone please place a quick call to 212-688-6262, ask and share with us the Senator’s positions on these two important matters.
Will the Senator stand with the people of Minisink and work to shut down and remove the 12,250hp Natural Gas Compressor Station in a precedent setting act of leadership.
Will the Senator stand and call for an expansion of the public comment period and for increased public hearings relating to the proposed Liberty LNG Gas Port.