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