Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Our struggle to Stop the Millennium Compression Station is about to kick into high gear. We will continue to challenge Millennium through the FERC process. We will continue to challenge our political representatives to live up to their mandate to protect their constituents. We will avail all legal options. And if the judicial and regulatory processes fail us we will take our case directly to the American People.
However, the battle with Millennium is probably the first of many more to come. Gas companies clearly have plans to expand their presence throughout the entire Hudson Valley. In anticipation of this, we have decided to transform our name to include all those communities that will be adversely impacted by their reckless agenda for the region.
After brainstorming with dozens of members we came up with the name Minisink Valley for Environmental Preservation. Our goal is to protect and preserve our environment especially from dangerous mineral exploration, and to help neighboring towns do the same. Thus we will soon be moving our website to a new address.
The new website will facilitate better communication and organization. All notices for upcoming meetings, news information, and weekly update reports will be posted on the new site. We will continue to post here until this new website is ready, and will notify all of the final move once it occurs.
In closing, please remember to help us gather signatures for the petition and spread the word of our cause. We need as much outreach for our efforts as possible, and it is only through our collective voice that we can be heard.
Coalition to Stop The Minisink Compression Station
The next important meeting is the FERC public hearing on Sept 6 at 7pm. Minisink town hall on Roy Smith Rd. Come and speak out. Say No to this project!
BEFORE IT”S TOO LATE!
BEFORE THE POLLUTANTS START FLOWING INTO OUR AIR AND WATER!
BEFORE OUR KIDS START GETIING SICK!
BEFORE THE ROAR OF THE ENGINES KEEP US FROM SLEEPING!
BEFORE OUR PROPERTY VALUES NOSE DIVE!
BEFORE IT IS BUILT!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) SIGN THIS PETITION…(Petitions have worked in the past to suspend similar projects)
2) FILE COMPLAINTS WITH FERC(Go to www.ferc.gov register, login, then file an ecomment or motion with
docket no. CP11-515-000
3) CALL THE MINISINK BOARD AND TELL THEM NOT TO GIVE MILLENIUM A VARIANCE(email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-726-3700)
4) CALL DEAN FORD AND TELL HIM NOT TO SELL HIS LAND TO MILLENIUM (845-726-4120 or 845-726-3058 TELL HIM NOT TO SELL OUT HIS NEIGHBORS)
A major natural gas pipeline stretching across southern New York may be at risk of rupturing and poses a safety threat, according to a recent inspection by federal regulators.
The pipeline’s owner, Millennium Pipeline Co., has reduced pressure on the line, lessening the risk of explosion, but there are concerns that its problems may extend beyond a leak spotted by workers in January.
—first reported Wednesday by NaturalGasWatch.org, a website that tracks gas pipeline safety—said other sections of the pipeline also appear to have been installed without proper evaluation.
“Other welds with similar defects may also develop leaks and potentially lead to a rupture of the pipeline,” the order says.
Damon Hill, a spokesman for the safety administration, said the pipeline’s operator, Columbia Gas Transmission, has until the end of the year to inspect the line and fix problems.
Theresa Gibbon, a spokeswoman for Millennium Pipeline Co., confirmed the company is working with federal regulators but would not specify what measures it is taking.
The Millennium pipeline cuts through New York’s southern tier and is a potential end point of a number of proposed pipelines carrying gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. It passes through several towns along its route.
Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety expert and consultant, said an explosion on the line could be significantly larger than the one that killed eight people in San Bruno, Calif., in September because the Millennium operates at more than double the pressure, even after the recent reduction.
The San Bruno blast was the most deadly in a series of high-profile oil and gas pipeline accidents that have drawn attention to a lax regulatory system. A December investigation by the news organization Remapping Debate found that regulation of more than 2 million miles of natural gas pipelines across the country is largely left to the companies that operate the lines. One recent report showed that these companies have funded and shaped most of the safety studies that guide federal regulation.
The number of major accidents has more or less held steady in recent years. Still, Carl Weimer, executive director of Pipeline Safety Trust, an advocacy group, said the problems with the Millennium line, along with some of the recent accidents, raise questions about whether the regulatory system is breaking down.
“As we allow the companies to do their own inspection and their own engineering to decide how to deal with pipelines in the ground, the question arises, do they have enough information,” he said. “This is another case where it seems like, oops, they messed up.”
A potentially dangerous gas compression station is about to be built in the middle of Minisink without community input or consultation.
Who is behind it?
Millennium Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corporation (NYSE – BKH) is seeking to build Gas Compression Station in our community. The company is based in Houston, Texas.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS
WHAT CAN YOU DO?