The Struggle to Stop the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Continues

Thanks to the historic struggle by the nations of the Global South, COP 27 ended with a commitment to develop a fund for the “loss and damage” wrought by extreme weather in the semi-colonial world, but the fund remains without structure, without money, and without the rich emitting nations assuming liability.  This shameful conclusion makes it all the more important that the U.S. climate justice movement prioritize solidarity with the powerful movements being led by organizations defending working people and farmers against fossil fuel giants on the African continent. A family in East Africa cooks and smiles at the viewer.

One of those struggles centers on the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). French oil giant Total and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation are on the cusp of building a massive crude oil pipeline right through the heart of Africa – displacing communities, endangering wildlife and tipping the world closer to full-blown climate catastrophe. A powerful #STOPEACOP alliance, that includes 350 Africa, has been formed. Join us to learn and plan out solidarity action.

 

Hear Diana Nabiruma, Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO).

Diana Nabiruma is a Senior Program and Communications Officer with AFIEGO, an organization based in Uganda that has been central to efforts to stop fossil fuel expansion in Uganda.Nabiruma leads her organization’s movement building, communication as well as advocacy efforts to stop the expansion of fossil fuels.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

10:00 am NYC Time—Online

To register:  bit.ly/3Vf2Wcd

Hosted by 350CT & CT Climate Crisis Mobilization

Info:   [email protected]

             929-500-1257

 

 

Environmental Groups Ask Lamont for a Holiday Gift: Say “NO” to NTE

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020

For More Information Contact:
Louis Rosado Burch, CT Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
[email protected], (m) 475.434.1606

Samantha Dynowski, State Director, Sierra Club CT Chapter
[email protected], (m) 860.916.3639

Emily Alexander, Climate Policy Advocate,Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
[email protected], (m) 860-617-8120

 

Environmental Groups Ask Lamont and CGA for a Holiday Gift: Say “NO” to Killingly

CT Deserves Clean Air & Climate Change Action for the Holidays

 

Killingly, CT—Environmental advocates, elected officials and community leaders joined together for a virtual press event today to highlight public opposition to NTE Partners’ proposed fracked gas plant in Killingly, and to call for a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Connecticut. Together, grassroots activists have generated over 650 hand-written letters to Governor Lamont, in addition to 2,550 emails to the Governor and CT Elected Officials in opposition to the proposed fossil fuel power plant. The organizers closed out the zoom press conference with a holiday gift for Gov. Lamont; more than 5,925 petition signatures signed by CT residents in support of ending investments into fossil fuel infrastructure and investing instead into renewable energy and energy efficiency.

In their comments, speakers emphasized that new gas pipelines and power plants represent a glaring and unacceptable inconsistency with Connecticut’s clean energy goals, climate change policy and efforts to address dangerous air quality impacts in our cities:

“Connecticut continues to build 20th century technology in the 21st century,” said Louis Rosado Burch, CT Program Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “We’ve adopted ambitious clean energy goals, established the Governor’s Council on Climate Change, and made commitments to transition away from fossil fuels. These important steps forward will be severely undermined by building new fossil fuel power plants. We need Governor Lamont and the CT General Assembly to move out of the 20th Century and into the 21st Century.  That means rejecting Killingly and prioritizing energy projects that help combat climate change. It’s time to say “NO” to Killingly once and for all, and to stop investing in dirty gas infrastructure projects.”

“In addition to being completely out of sync with the state’s bold carbon reduction goals  and harming public health, the proposed fracked gas power plant in Killingly will send treated wastewater containing toxic chemicals, pollutants and heavy metals into the Quinebaug River,” said Anne Hulick, Connecticut Director of Clean Water Action. “There is simply no good that can come from building this plant and we urge the Governor and DEEP to do all they can to stop it.”

 

“Governor Lamont and the CT General Assembly have a unique  window of opportunity to alter the course of our energy future.  Our state recognized the need to move away from fossil fuels twenty years ago when it acted to shut down the infamous ‘Sooty Six’ coal-fired power plants,” said Lori Brown, Executive Director of the CT League of Conservation Voters. “Today, we have a situation where a new polluting power plant has not yet been built and our elected officials must take meaningful action through a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure to prevent this future disaster.”

 

“We’re calling on Governor Lamont to keep his promise and protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of the residents of the state of Connecticut and of our climate. Over the last two years, DEEP and the Governor have received thousands of phone calls, emails and letters from residents opposing the Killingly power plant. This administration has promised a clean energy future, but continues to allow dirty, dangerous fracked gas power,” Ann Gadwah, Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter chairperson said. “Even now as his own Council on Climate Change provides suggestions for climate action in the state, they’ve failed to recommend action on this high-profile and divisive gas proposal.These two directions are incompatible. We’re asking our elected official, sworn to protect us, to listen to our call to stop this power plant once and for all.”

“For Connecticut’s young people, the choice is stark. Going ahead with a new gas-fired plant now would ensure that our toxic dependency on fossil fuels, and the resulting damage to our community’s health and environment, would be extended for many years,” said Eluned Li, organizer with Sunrise New Haven. “This benefits no one but the oil and gas industry, authorizing them to continue to profit from activities which endanger our health and irreversibly degrade our environment. Our elected officials have the choice, now, to put a stop to the Killingly plant and serve as a strong step in realizing a Green New Deal, and a future for all of us. We ask them to make the responsible choice, for us and for their own children.”

“Climate science states that our society needs to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and Gov. Lamont has promised to transition Connecticut away from the fossil fuels causing the Climate Emergency,” said 350 CT Steering Committee Member Ben Martin. “It is past time for the governor to back up his words with action by rejecting the polluting NTE fracked gas plant in Killingly, preventing new sources of emissions, and retiring current polluting plants.”

“This choice is one between the peoples’ best interests and further support of the fossil fuel industry,” said Dr. Todd Douglas, postdoctoral associate in the dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University. “A brand new fracked gas plant will harm more of Connecticut’s greenfield land and useable water than we can afford, compromising the health of every resident of Killingly and surrounding areas. We have safe, clean renewable energy solutions with far greater energy output available cheaply already. There is no reason to build a plant that could pump out up to 90,000 gallons of toxic wastewater every single day. It’s time to do the responsible thing. We have the ability to protect public health, preserve our future, and lead the nation in clean energy solutions. Governor Lamont, make the right call.”

The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) mitigation group draft report says Killingly “…does not align with Connecticut’s decarbonization policy objectives; and its long asset life will make it challenging to meet the state’s emissions reduction goals.”

Comments submitted by the Sierra Club on June 30, October 7 and November 18, detail impacts the proposed pipeline for the plant would have on local water quality and habitats of brook trout and endangered species, like the Northern long-eared owl and American bittern. The comments also note that the proposed pipeline will impact DEEP’s own plans to restore the Wyndham marsh to create habitat for endangered species.

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Oct 1st Dept. of Energy or Environment Protection Public Hearing for the NTE Fracked Gas project

Friends,
Please help us stop a climate destroying and socially unjust power plant to be built in Killingly. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection plans to issue a permit allowing NTE, the owner of the proposed Killingly Energy Center, to release industrial wastewaters into the publicly owned treatment works in the town of Killingly, at an annual cost to NTE of $8000. The Killingly POTW was recently upgraded at a cost to the residents of the community of $25 million, which they will pay over time in their water and sewer bills. The NTE  wastewaters may contain various chemicals, minerals and petroleum oil. Chemicals such as ammonia and phosphorus contribute to algal blooms that create dead zones in bodies of water. The POTW releases into the Quinebaug River. The Quinebaug River watershed covers 850 square miles, and includes 29 streams and 54 lakes and ponds.
DEEP has fostered the expansion of fossil gas in the state by approving enlarged pipelines, and forcing ratepayers to foot the cost of converting new consumers to fracked gas for the benefit of Eversource and UI-Avangrid. With a glut of fracked gas on the market, energy companies are seeking to find customers for their planet ruining products. Eversource is so desperate to find customers for their fracked gas that they are subsidizing the connection of their new pipeline to numerous schools in Killingly, a cost which is usually borne by the local town or municipality.
DEEP is putting the state’s waters at risk in order to profit energy companies NTE and Eversource. That shouldn’t be a surprise, with a former Eversource executive working in the governor’s office as Chief of Staff. There is no benefit for the residents of the state and we must fight like hell to protect our waters and our health. DEEP states that affordable energy is the goal, but multiple new fossil gas power plants have been built recently in Connecticut and our energy prices as consumers have continued to climb. DEEP claims that fossil gas plants are cleaner than coal or oil, but they refuse to recognize the science of pipeline leaks, which demonstrate that methane leaks are five times the figures proposed by industry and government regulators. DEEP is aware that the state is a net energy exporter, and hence the power created at the new plant is for export to other states, which creates profits for energy companies while adding pollution to the air and water that harms the health of local residents.
Most infuriatingly and hypocritically, DEEP continue to contend that there is nothing they can do to protect the environment from industrial energy development. After all, they are the Department of Energy first and foremost! In their response to the dozens of comments they received opposing their permit for the water quality certificate they issued to NTE in the spring of this year, allowing the destruction of thousands of square feet of wetlands, they state “The unavoidable impacts, balanced with the required mitigation, have been found consistent with the Connecticut Water Quality Standards.” (italics mine) Damage to the state cannot be considered “unavoidable” if the project doesn’t benefit the state, isn’t needed in the state where people suffer unjustly from the impacts of pollution, and was accepted in a flawed regional auction by ISO-NE. ISO-NE failed to account for efficiencies and the procurement of large off-shore wind energy. According to recent remarks made by Eric Johnson of ISO-NE to PURA, “…there is an excess of capacity on the market…”
There is no justification for DEEP’s permitting potential water pollution in the Quinebaug River, in order to allow NTE to build an unneeded power plant. These actions are politically motivated and Governor Lamont has surrounded himself with Eversource cronies who are not concerned with the public’s well being. Please send comments opposing this wastewater permit before or during the following public hearing on October 1 and make sure to put Application No. 201615592 in the subject line.

DEEP has revised the dates for hearings on the Killingly wastewater discharge permit application:

  • A hearing for the receipt of public comment will be held on October 1, 2020. The hearing will begin at 3:00 PM, and be conducted via Zoom. This hearing can be accessed, with no requirement to pre-register, at: https://ctdeep.zoom.us/j/92554402449   or this meeting ID: 925 5440 2449
  • An evidentiary hearing, to receive evidence from the parties, will be held on October 2, 2020, beginning at 10:00 AM. This hearing will be conducted via Zoom. This hearing can be accessed, with no requirement to pre-register, at: https://ctdeep.zoom.us/j/93288476462   or this meeting ID: 932 8847 6462.

Martha Klein

Climate Shoe Strike  Aug 29

Climate Shoe Strike  Aug 29

Aug 29th – Climate Shoe Strike
When we can’t gather for our safety, we can still show our support for the right climate and justice policies.

Put people and the environment first.
-Prioritize measures that quickly create more jobs in sustainable future sectors. Introduce safety nets and measures to help people retrain and quickly get into work in clean industries that do not emit CO2.

Leave the fossil economy.( Stop NTE Fracked Gas, Gas Pipelines)
-Remove fossil subsidies and tax relief for fossil energy. Discontinue all public funding of – or investment in – fossil activities. Defund and outlaw development of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Retire all polluting facilities ASAP.

Declare a climate emergency.
-Once declared by political leaders, hold them accountable!

Some video is available at thestruggle.org : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw-hw1uaxaM    (Starts at 24 minutes)