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Spectra Clears Hurdle for New Jersey-New York Natural-Gas Pipe

March 16, 2012, 11:56 AM
By Bloomberg Newsl

Spectra Energy cleared an environmental hurdle in its plan to build a $1.2 billion pipeline that would bring natural gas from New Jersey to Manhattan.

Building and operating the approximately 16-mile (26- kilometer) project would have a “less-than-significant” environmental impact with mitigation measures in place, staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a report issued today. The four-member commission must still vote on the project, Tamara Young-Allen, an agency spokeswoman, said in a March 14 interview.

The pipeline would bring 800 million cubic feet of gas a day from Linden, New Jersey, to Manhattan’s West Village, via Staten Island and Jersey City. Spectra said the project would bring abundant gas from new fields including the Marcellus Shale, potentially lowering prices for New Jersey and New York consumers.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy and the municipal council have expressed opposition to the pipeline, which they say will run through densely populated and historic neighborhoods. Government agencies including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey raised concerns about the project’s impact on bridges, tunnels and rail system

Spectra, based in Houston, expects to finish the line in November 2013, according to its website. The company agreed to use thicker pipe and altered the route in several places to allay local concerns.

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My apologies if this has been discussed already, but I see a very simple solution for the problem that should be considered.


If Spectra wants to put a pipeline through undeveloped land in Jersey City, why don't we develop it first and block their move?


Your suggestion won't work. Spectra could take ANY property by eminent domain. There are two years of news, blogs and info on our site . Read it all and you will understand what we already know.

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FERC Recommends Spectra Pipeline for Approval

As expected, and despite last-minute filings urging delay, FERC has issued the final EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for the Spectra pipeline, stating, "Impacts associated with the proposed Project would be relatively minor overall." Excerpts from the "conclusions" section of the 1000+ page EIS are included below to convey the full measure of the way this regulatory agency views exactly which impacts they consider when reviewing such a project, namely, the impact to a private corporation, rather than to the lives of affected citizens or the environment. FYI: In plain English, the "No Action Alternative" equals denial of project approval. The "Applicants" in the passage below refers to Spectra Energy.

Excerpted from Section 5.1.14 Alternatives:
As an alternative to the proposed action, we evaluated the No Action Alternative, system alternatives, interconnect alternatives, major route alternatives, minor route variations, aboveground facility site alternatives, and workspace alternatives. While the No Action Alternative would eliminate the short- and long-term environmental impacts identified in the EIS, the stated objectives of the Applicants’ proposal would not be met. We also evaluated the use of alternative energy sources and the potential effects of energy conservation, but determined that these sources and measures would not be practicable alternatives to the proposed Project.

Excerpted from Section 5.1.13 Cumulative Impacts:
Three types of projects (past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects) could potentially contribute to a cumulative impact when considered with the proposed Project. These projects include an offshore LNG terminal, non-jurisdictional facilities associated with the proposed Project, and unrelated projects in the vicinity of the proposed pipeline and associated facilities. We considered the region of influence for the cumulative impact analysis to be an area within 0.5 mile of the Project right-of-way. The environmental impacts associated with the projects that would most likely be cumulatively significant are related to wetlands and waterbodies, vegetation and wildlife (including federally and state listed endangered and threatened species), land use, air quality, and noise.

We received numerous comments on the draft EIS about the cumulative impacts associated with development of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale. In evaluating the cumulative environmental impact of the Project, we determined that the Project activities would occur hundreds of miles from the Marcellus Shale region. The proposed Project may, but need not, transport gas produced from the Marcellus Shale region. Consequently, the local resources that may be affected by Marcellus Shale development are not affected by the Project and local resources affected by the Project would not be affected by Marcellus Shale development. Further, the development of the Marcellus Shale production field is not dependent on the Project, nor, given the multiple sources of gas that would be accessible to the proposed facilities, is the Project dependent on the development of Marcellus Shale gas to achieve its stated goals. Even without these two critical determinations, the future development of the Marcellus Shale is not predictable or “reasonably foreseeable,” which makes it impossible to establish a causal relationship between the Project and the development of gas from the Marcellus Shale. As such, the effects of activities in the Marcellus Shale region are beyond the scope of the cumulative impacts analysis included in the EIS.

Impacts associated with the proposed Project would be relatively minor overall, and we included recommendations in the EIS to further reduce the environmental impacts associated with the NJ-NY Project, as summarized in Section 5.2. Additionally, Texas Eastern selected a route that collocates with existing rights-of-way for the majority of the alignment. Similarly, each of the other projects considered in our cumulative impacts analysis have been designed to avoid or minimize impacts on sensitive environmental resources. Additionally, it is anticipated that any significant impacts on sensitive resources resulting from these projects would be mitigated. Mitigation generally leads to avoidance or minimization of cumulative impacts. Consequently, only a small incremental cumulative effect would be anticipated after the impacts of the proposed Project are added to those of past, present, or reasonably foreseeable projects.

To read the entire EIS:

See this link, and have an enjoyable weekend: FERC elibrary for Docket CP11-56-000

What's next?

Sane Energy Project and our allies will be reviewing the document thoroughly in the coming weeks in order to prepare a response.

Multiple agencies such as The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York City Mayor’s Office, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection will also participate in the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) analysis. Public comment to those agencies is crucial now, please participate.

Once the agencies have weighed in, the FERC panel of 4 commissioners will sit to determine approval or denial of the project. There is no firm schedule for when that happens, though the decision may occur in June. The Commission decision is subject to a 30-day rehearing period, during which parties may file suit against the decision, and more than likely, will. Our allies across the river, NoGasPipeline and the city of Jersey City, have already signaled their intention to file suit should the project be approved.

Right now, your participation in the 2 upcoming hearings is what's needed, please attend either or both the March 21st or March 26th hearings for permits to Spectra.

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Final report on Spectra Energy pipeline bad news for pipeline opponents

Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:23 AM
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

A woman holds a sign showing her disapproval of the proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline project during a heated public comment meeting at Ferris High School in Jersey City on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

The proposed Spectra Energy natural-gas pipeline that would run through parts of Bayonne, Jersey City and offshore Hoboken would result in “limited adverse environmental impacts,” according to the final environment-impact statement (EIS) on the proposal.

The highly anticipated statement, posted on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website this morning, is good news for Spectra and bad news for opponents of the pipeline, who have argued that it would create myriad public-safety problems and stymie development in Hudson County.

“We determined that construction and operation of the NJ-NY Project would result in limited adverse environmental impacts,” reads the 511-page report. “These limited impacts would mostly occur during the period of construction.”

The EIS is the final step before FERC rules on the proposal, which would add about 15 miles of natural-gas pipeline starting in Staten Island and running through parts of Bayonne, Jersey City and offshore Hoboken. An additional 5 miles of pipe running from Linden to State Island would also be replaced.

An alternative plan that would have the pipeline crossing the Hudson River near the east end of Caven Point Road in Jersey City was rejected because it would have required Con Edison to build a new pipeline connecting to its facility near W 16th Street, according to the report.

A last-minute attempt by Chevron to delay the release of today’s EIS was rebuffed by the commission last night, according to a FERC spokeswoman. Chevron had argued that a portion of the pipeline that traverses its Bayonne property should be moved.

Officials with Hoboken and Jersey City, especially Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, have advocated against the plan, saying it would threaten public-safety and possible future development in the cities.

Spectra officials say the pipeline would be one of the safest in North America.

FERC is expected to issue a ruling on the proposal in late spring.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... nergy_pipeline_would.html

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My apologies if this has been discussed already, but I see a very simple solution for the problem that should be considered.


If Spectra wants to put a pipeline through undeveloped land in Jersey City, why don't we develop it first and block their move?

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Despite Chevron's concerns, and all the concerns put forth by various agencies, governments and community groups, FERC has issued the EIS today as scheduled. Now the fight gets very serious. Become a member of NO Gas Pipeline who needs your support to make the case for standing when they sue FERC for their expected decision to approve the pipeline: http://nogaspipeline.org/membership

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The only thing we will work with Spectra on is helping them find the nearest exit out of JC!

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City, activist group map out plan if pipeline gets federal approval

by E. Assata Wright - Hudson Reporter staff writer
Feb 26, 2012

Jersey City officials and activists who oppose a proposed natural gas pipeline that could be routed through the city are beginning to publicly map out how they plan to block the controversial project if federal authorities give it approval this summer.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently reviewing an application by the Texas-based Spectra Energy to build a miles-long natural gas pipeline that could be routed through much of Jersey City and near sensitive infrastructure. FERC has said it will issue a final Environmental Impact Statement on the project by March 16. The agency is expected to approve or deny the project by June 14.

City officials and No Gas Pipeline, an anti-pipeline membership organization comprised of Jersey City residents, say they expect FERC to approve the pipeline, over the objections of elected leaders, many residents, the real estate and business communities, and health and public safety professionals.

Should FERC approve the pipeline, as the agency is expected to do, No Gas Pipeline and the city have each said they will sue in federal court to block the project. Part of their plan, they said last week, is to delay construction as long as possible. A lengthy delay could force Spectra or its chief partner in the project, Consolidated Edison (ConEd), to abandon their plans.

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If approved by FERC, the proposed pipeline would include 19.8 miles of new and replacement pipes, six new stations, and other related modifications in Linden, Jersey City, and Bayonne. In Jersey City, the underground pipeline route would run through nearly every municipal ward and near such sensitive areas as Jersey City Medical Center, several schools, the Holland Tunnel, the New Jersey Turnpike, and transportation infrastructure near the Jersey City-Hoboken border.

The pipeline would cross the Hudson River into New York to connect the company’s existing pipeline to Manhattan and Staten Island, supplying customers of Con Edison.

Spectra has also said that it will supply energy to power facilities operated by Bayonne Plant Holding and boilers at the International Matex Tank Terminals, also in Bayonne.

But because of the pipeline’s close proximity to sensitive areas, local activists and city officials have argued that a natural gas explosion could cause mass casualties and significantly damage important transportation infrastructure. Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy has also noted that the potential hazards posed by a gas pipeline could hurt future commercial and residential development in the city.

Despite these concerns, the energy company has already received several required environmental permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. These permits were approved in December.


Preparing for approval

Assuming FERC approves the pipeline this summer, the city will have 30 days to appeal the ruling, according to Derek Fanciullo, associate corporation counsel for the city.

FERC can take a second look at its original decision, but will likely approve the pipeline again and grant Spectra a building certificate.

Jersey City – and other entities that filed as interveners – then have 60 days to file lawsuits. “Interveners” are people, organizations, businesses, or municipalities that filed for intervener status with FERC. Having intervener status gives these entities the right to sue.

The most visible organization likely to file a class action lawsuit is the nonprofit No Gas Pipeline, an activist group of residents that has been fighting the Spectra pipeline for two years. The organization has already lined up pro-bono legal representation to assist in their fight if the project is approved by FERC.

“We have to sue in federal court. There are absolutely no other ways to stop this pipeline from going through Jersey City [if FERC gives approval],” said No Gas Pipeline co-founder Dale Hardman. “It can’t be done at the presidential level. It can’t be done at the Congressional level. It can’t be done at the lobbyist level…The city obviously has legal standing to file suit. No Gas Pipeline will try to get legal standing to do the same thing. People may ask, why don’t we join forces? It’s simple. We each have our own strategies, both technical and tactical. Plus, the ability to have at least two parties with lawsuits is something that is obviously beneficial to us.”

Thousands of residents, community organizations, and businesses are believed to have filed for intervener status. The city of Hoboken has also filed for intervener status.

Hudson County’s construction unions have been supportive of the project and could play a role as well.

Lawsuits are part of a two-prong approach opponents of the pipeline plan to use to block the project from breaking ground, after federal approval. The other part of their emerging strategy will be to stall the project in the hope that schedule delays will doom its viability.

Stall, stall, stall

ConEd expects to have natural gas flowing from the Spectra pipeline in November 2013. Even Spectra has conceded that if the project can’t meet this target date it might not be economically feasible to move forward with it.

In order to meet this deadline, Spectra needs to break ground at the end of this year.

A lengthy court battle could derail Spectra’s ability to meet its obligations to ConEd, a fact not lost on Jersey City.

“The longer we draw this out, the better it is for us,” said Fanciullo. “Maybe the problem will naturally abate, so to speak.”

Citing documents submitted to FERC, Fanciullo said Spectra is already making contingency plans should pipeline construction be delayed until next year. “What they have done is they have asked FERC to allow them to truncate their construction schedule to meet those deadlines,” he said.

Already, the city has purposely blocked some necessary preliminary work. For example, last year Spectra requested city permits to conduct soil samples in Jersey City. The city denied this request.

In 2009, when the ConEd-Spectra deal was announced, ConEd President and CEO Kevin Burke said in a press release, “The new pipeline will help us meet the growing energy needs of our area, strengthen the reliability of the natural gas system, and improve air quality for all New Yorkers. The Spectra Energy Project will also help us achieve the goals of the mayor’s and governor’s long-term energy and environmental goals as outlined in PlaNYC and the state energy plan.”

But how long will ConEd wait before coming up with a backup plan to get its natural gas somewhere else?

When asked whether the utility would drop its commitment to Spectra and re-bid its natural gas contract if Spectra gets embroiled in a long court fight, a spokesperson for ConEd said, “The Spectra project is essential for us to reliably meet growing natural gas demand in future years, particularly with the significant increase we are seeing in oil-to-gas conversions.”

Fanciullo said there are a number of delaying tactics the city can use. However, the city has declined to publicly discuss some aspects of its possible legal strategy to prevent Spectra from having the information.

Marylee Hanley, a spokesperson for Spectra, said in response, “As has been true since the NJ—NY Expansion Project began, we will continue to reach out and work with the community.”

Read more: Hudson Reporter - http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_s ... ey_city_story_left_column

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The law allows filming in trials/hearings that are open to the public. His forceful removal was a transgression of not only his rights but all of our rights, since now we will never have a chance to see any footage of what transpired in that room.



You need to have prior credentials to film there. Otherwise every Tom, Dick, and Harry could come in from the street and film congressional hearings, possibly disrupting them.

Josh Fox was not credentialed, so he was removed.

And now he's making a publicity stunt out of his plight.

He's totally wrong. He should have argued that requiring credentials of reporters who film there is unconstitutional. Then he would make more sense. Otherwise it's whining - waaah, waah, waah.

But I actually think he had known he needed credentials, and purposefully did not get them in order to get kicked out and use the media to promote his cause.

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stillinjc, you don't have to be so jaded about everything.
This guy made an honest, informative documentary about people dealing with life shattering problems after allowing fracking on their property.

Now he was just collecting footage for a possible future follow-up documentary. Thats what it says in the article if you read it.

The law allows filming in trials/hearings that are open to the public. His forceful removal was a transgression of not only his rights but all of our rights, since now we will never have a chance to see any footage of what transpired in that room.

Doesn't that scare you just a little bit?

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Sounds like a publicity stunt by Mr Josh Fox.

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'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES)

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Posted: 2/1/12 11:45 AM ET | Updated: 2/1/12 05:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- In a stunning break with First Amendment policy, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Initial reports from sources suggested that an ABC News camera was also prevented from taping the hearing; ABC has since denied that they sent a crew to the hearing.

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Gasland" was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building.

HuffPost has obtained exclusive video of the arrest of Josh Fox. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, can be heard at the end of the clip asking Republican Chairman Andy Harris (R-Md.) to halt the arrest and permit Fox to film the public hearing. Harris denies Miller's request as Fox is escorted out of the hearing in handcuffs.

WATCH Capitol Hill Police Arrest a Journalist for Filming a Public Hearing: (story continues below)












"Gasland" received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.

Fox had hoped to film Wednesday's hearing for a follow-up to "Gasland." Fox told HuffPost later Wednesday evening, "We did get his staff on the phone, they never returned the phone call," referring to staffers for Chairman Harris. "This is not transparency. This is a lockout and it's bad. It's the people's House, after all. We went through the proper channels to arrange to tape this hearing. We have taped congressional hearings before and we've been turned down before, but I disagree with the policy. Anyone who says they're a journalist is a journalist. It's called the First Amendment. It's the freedom of the press, and that is fundamental to our core identity as the United States of America."

Hearings are open to the public, and any citizen can attend. Regulations only govern the use of cameras. Even under an extreme adherence to the rules, Fox's camera could have been confiscated or disabled without subjecting him to arrest. And while Fox did not have formal Capitol Hill credentials, such formalities are rarely enforced against high-profile journalists. Temporary passes are easy to obtain, and if Republicans had objected on procedural grounds, they could have simply sent the crew to the front desk, rather than ordering police to arrest journalists. The right to a free press is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Documentary crews are almost never denied access to public meetings of elected government officials.

UPDATE: 12:09 p.m. -- Capitol Police public information officer Sergeant Kimberly Schneider provided the following statement to HuffPost on the morning's events:

"At approximately 10:30 a.m. today, United States Capitol Police arrested Joshua Fox of Milanville, Pa. in room 2318 of the Rayburn House office building. He is charged with unlawful entry, and he is currently being processed at United States Capitol Police headquarters."

UPDATE: 2:27 p.m. -- Fox apparently had applied for credentialing the day before the hearing but had been unable to obtain official permission to film. He had asked a credentialed film crew to tape the proceedings on his behalf but was informed that this was not permitted.

Nevertheless, turning away journalists is extremely rare on Capitol Hill. The rules requiring pre-approval for film crews are designed to prevent hearings from being disrupted by hordes of camera operators. That was not the case for this hearing. Only two cameras requested entrance to the event, which was not crowded.

Subcommittee Chairman Andy Harris (R-Md.) was unavailable for comment, but several Democrats on the committee voiced outrage with the GOP's press blackout.

"I was chair of the Subcommittee for four years, and we frequently had people show up the day of a hearing to film," Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) told HuffPost. "We asked for their name, but they were told if they would not disrupt the hearing, they were free to record. A couple of times staff said, 'You're getting in the way, don't stand there,' but other than that, I do not ever recall anything like this. We certainly never turned anyone away for not providing 24 hours' notice."

"It's an outrageous violation of the First Amendment," Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) told HuffPost. "Here we've got an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, and it's an important subject and the subject that he did his prior film on for HBO. And they put him in handcuffs and hauled him out of there. This is stunning."

"I found it ironic that there was not a flood of cameras there," noted Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.). "There was the one camera and then before that, the ABC camera ... if you have a camera there to bring the issue home to the public, that's a good thing."

The hearing was already being filmed by C-SPAN. Josh Fox had only sought to obtain higher-quality video by bringing their own cameras to the event. Democrats attempted to suspend the rules governing camerawork to allow Fox and ABC to film the hearing, but Republicans, who hold a majority on all House committees and subcommittees, voted down the motion. Democrats then sought to postpone the hearing to allow for filming at a later date, a motion which Republicans also overruled.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. -- Republican staffers told Democrats that a crew for ABC News had also been denied access to the event, but ABC News told HuffPost that their organization did not have any journalists assigned to cover the hearing. It is not clear what caused the confusion.

"We definitely did not have a crew on the Hill this morning to cover this hearing," an ABC News spokeswoman told HuffPost. "The individual who was turned away absolutely did not have ABC news credentials."

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. -- Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told HuffPost, “I have served in the House of Representatives since 1992, and I had the privilege of chairing the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. In all that time, I cannot recall a chair of any committee or subcommittee having ever ordered the removal of a person who was filming a committee proceeding and not being disruptive, whether or not that person was accredited. It is a matter of routine that all sorts of people photograph and record our proceedings. Most of them are not accredited. I cannot recall anyone questioning their right to be there."

Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU in Washington, explained that "congressional committees routinely allow professional journalists to record hearings even when they don't have official press credentials, and excluding a journalist because he doesn't share the political views of the committee chair is outrageous. The Supreme Court has explained many times that censorship based on viewpoint is the clearest kind of First Amendment violation, and that seems to be what happened here."

Josh Fox, meanwhile, has issued the following statement to the press:

I was arrested today for exercising my First Amendment rights to freedom of the press on Capitol Hill. I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism. Today's hearing in the House Energy and Environment subcommittee was called to examine EPAs findings that hydraulic fracturing fluids had contaminated groundwater in the town of Pavillion, Wyoming. I have a long history with the town of Pavillion and its residents who have maintained since 2008 that fracking has contaminated their water supply. I featured the stories of residents John Fenton, Louis Meeks and Jeff Locker in GASLAND and I have continued to document the catastrophic water contamination in Pavillion for the upcoming sequel GASLAND 2. It would seem that the Republican leadership was using this hearing to attack the three year Region 8 EPA investigation involving hundreds of samples and extensive water testing which ruled that Pavillion's groundwater was a health hazard, contaminated by benzene at 50x the safe level and numerous other contaminants associated with gas drilling. Most importantly, EPA stated in this case that fracking was the likely cause.
As a filmmaker and journalist I have covered hundreds of public hearings, including Congressional hearings. It is my understanding that public speech is allowed to be filmed. Congress should be no exception. No one on Capitol Hill should regard themselves exempt from the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states explicitly "Congress shall make no law...that infringes on the Freedom of the Press". Which means that no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a public hearing.
This was an act of civil disobedience, yes done in an impromptu fashion, but at the moment when they told me to turn off the cameras, I could not. I know my rights and I felt it was imperative to exercise them.
When I was led out of the hearing room in handcuffs, John Boehner's pledge of transparency in congress was taken out with me.
The people of Pavillion deserve better. The thousands across the US who have documented cases of water contamination in fracking areas deserve their own hearing on Capitol hill. They deserve the chance to testify in before Congress. The truth that fracking contaminates groundwater is out, and no amount of intimidation tactics --either outright challenges to science or the arrest of journalists --will put the genie back in the bottle. Such a brazen attempt to discredit and silence the EPA, the citizens of Pavillion and documentary filmmaking will ultimately fail and it is an affront to the health and integrity of Americans.
Lastly, in defense of my profession, I will state that many many Americans get their news from independent documentaries. The hill should immediately move to make hearings and meetings accessible to independent journalists and not further obstruct the truth from being reported in the vivid and in depth manner that is only achievable through long form documentary filmmaking.
I will be thinking on this event further and will post further thoughts and developments.
I have been charged with "unlawful entry" and my court date is February 15.
Josh Fox
Washington D.C.
2/1/12

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Aren't car wrecks like the one that happened on Grand and Marin and a lack of enforcement the perfect argument against having a natural gas pipeline snaking through our streets and highways?

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It was on Pacific Street right near Lafayette Village. We drove right past it and you could smell the gas.

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It is located at Pacific & Ash not far from the Downtown section. I think it is between Grand & Communipaw

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Anyone know where this is? Just posted on on the NBC NY feed on Facebook.

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Residents Evacuated After Gas Leak Discovered in Jersey City
A crack was discovered on a high-pressure gas main
Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 | Updated 5:10 PM ESTView Comments (0) | Email | Print

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Crews are on the site of gas leak in Jersey City after a crack was discovered on a gas main Sunday afternoon.

About 60 people were evacuated from a residential neighborhood in the city after a leak was discovered in the 20-inch high-pressure gas main, according to Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Stewart.

Nearly all of the homes near the site of the leak had explosive mixtures within the building.

A number of senior citizens in senior housing also had to be moved to another side of a building, and a shelter was put in place, said Stewart.

Public Service Gas was on the scene.

"They've identified the valves they need to close to isolate the leak, and they're attempting to do so right now," said Stewart.

"We've very lucky," said Stewart. "If you look, we've had recent experiences here and in New York with buildings blowing up under these conditions, so we're very lucky."

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Spectra modifies proposed pipeline route
Changes modest, but will delay federal gov decision

by E. Assata Wright Reporter staff writer
Jan 08, 2012 - Hudson Reporter

A decision from the federal government regarding Spectra Energy’s proposed natural gas pipeline will not be made until this spring, according to notifications sent by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to residents over the holidays.

The company is proposing to run a gas line through Bayonne and Jersey City into New York City. Because of the pipeline’s close proximity to residential areas, local activists, Mayor Jerramiah Healy, and other city officials have argued that a natural gas explosion along the pipeline route could cause mass casualties and significantly damage important transportation infrastructure. Healy has said that the potential hazards posed by a gas pipeline will also hurt future commercial and residential development along 18th Street.

According to a letter residents began receiving just before the new year, FERC will release a final Environmental Impact Statement on the pipeline project by March 16. A final decision to approve or deny Specta’s request to build it will be made by June 14.

FERC had previously planned to release its final Environmental Impact Statement on Jan. 27 and make a decision on the project within 90 days.

FERC had to revise its schedule, according to the notice from Division of Gas-Environment and Engineering Director Lauren H. O’Donnell, to incorporate revisions made by Spectra to the project.

In November, O’Donnell wrote, Spectra filed “27 reroutes and other project modifications…that must be analyzed and incorporated into the [final Environmental Impact Statement]. This requires a revised schedule.”

If approved by FERC, the proposed pipeline would include 19.8 miles of new and replacement pipes, six new stations, and other related modifications in Bayonne, Linden, and Jersey City near the Hoboken border. The pipeline would then cross the Hudson River into New York to connect Spectra’s existing pipeline in Manhattan and Staten Island, supplying customers of Con Edison.

Much of the pipeline route through Jersey City would be built underground through the 18th Street corridor, near the Holland Tunnel and the Newport residential community.

Changes don’t address city’s concerns

The reroutes and modifications filed in November, 2011 are modest, according to a Spectra spokesperson – and likely too modest to win the support of current pipeline opponents.

“We are aware of the route modifications,” said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. “However, they are all minor and do nothing to address the city of Jersey City’s significant concerns.”

Spectra spokeswoman Marylee Hanley said, “The 27 minor route variations that were referenced in the notification are very minor, for example moving the pipeline a few feet, and should not have any material impact. These minor changes were made to accommodate land owner requests, to avoid sensitive environmental areas, utilities, and future development, and to minimize overall construction impacts to traffic.”

Among the adjustments proposed by Spectra in November, the company will cut the amount of workspace by a total of 1.07 acres to reduce the environmental impact on wetlands near Bayonne.

In one of the documents submitted in November, another representative from Spectra wrote to FERC: “[The] applicants are submitting revised project alignment sheets that reflect minor route variations designed to improve upon the proposed route described in the draft Environmental Impact Statement without requiring substantive changes to [FERC’s] environmental analysis or the conclusions included in the draft EIS…These route variations will have no impact on the scope or timing of construction.”

Hanley did not comment on which specific modifications pertain to Jersey City, although some of the materials submitted with the modifications provide more detail on Spectra’s plans. For example, the portion of the pipeline that is to be built near Jersey City’s 18th Street will be, according to the company, “constructed utilizing onshore and shallow water horizontal directional drill construction methods and equipment. The…contractor will utilize two horizontal directional drill spreads; one horizontal directional drill spread will be positioned on a 240 feet by 72 feet barge.

“This barge will be ballasted approximately 100 feet southwest of the…Hoboken Ferry Terminal and covered by a tent insulated with sound absorbing materials to minimize sound as well as visual disturbances. The second horizontal directional drill spread will be located near the Holbrook Manufacturing Company building [18th and Coles streets, Jersey City] and will also be enclosed in an insulated tent to mitigate sound and visual disturbances.”

This portion of 18th Street is not only close to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal, but is also close to the Hoboken Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station and not far from the PATH subway tubes.

City officials, who object to the pipeline current route and who want it rerouted under the Hudson River – away from residential communities and transportation infrastructure – said their concerns still are not addressed by Spectra’s revisions.

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BrightMoment & NO Gas Pipeline are pleased to announce the screening of GASLAND here in Jersey City!

Part of JC Fridays Free Events!


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Join us for a screening of GASLAND, the documentary which exposes the dangerous drilling practice known as "Fracking" which is used to extract natural gas from shale. Fracking is polluting our Delaware River water supply with toxins – Fracking is happening in the Marcellus Shale (adjacent to New Jersey) and it endangers our water supply.

Date

Friday, Dec 2nd @ 8-9:45PM


Location

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Jersey City, NJ 07302

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$5 Suggested Donation to Benefit NO Gas Pipeline
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Mayor Bloomberg, Con Ed and Spectra Energy will tell you they need gas to replace oil in NYC, as main reason for "NJ-NYC Expansion Project". None mention that access to Marcellus Shale fracked gas and the opportunity to convert transmitted gas to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) for export.

Spectra's transmission clients would ship to Europe via Chesapeake Energy and Statoil, partners listed in Spectra Energy's filing. Then Chesapeake/Statoil would transmit by pipeline to China. This is the major reason why Spectra Energy wants to build a pipeline through the middle of Jersey City into NYC to connect with their other pipeline transmission subsidiaries also partnered with Chesapeake and Statoi.

There is a glut of gas in US and the gas industry needs to get China to compete for gas with US to drive prices up. Also, Exxon is competing with Spectra Energy, Spectra's subsidiaries, Tennessee and Algonquin and others to get footprint established in Marcellus Shale for major transmission.

It's a modern gold rush of energy corporate profits at the expense of regional quality of health, air quality, the local economy that provides jobs in established national, regional and local tourism, agriculture and many more small business jobs established in Upstate NY and Eastern PA.

Spectra Energy and the entire gas industry want to barter fracked, fossil fuel dollar jobs for the next thirty years (projected output per fracked gas well) in return for all of this access.

Greed for Health.

See Gasland to understand what is fracking, why it affects us all and enjoy art as discovery in an important film.

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"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."


Awards

* Special Jury Prize – Sundance
* Best Documentary – Environmental Media Awards
* Special Jury Prize – Sarasota International Film Festival
* Grand Jury Prize – Yale Environmental Film Festival
* Artistic Vision Award – Big Sky Film Festival
* Audience Award – Thin Line Film Festival

Praise

"...one of the most effective and expressive environmental films of recent years." - Variety

"On the want-to-see- scale, GASLAND tops the list" - Washington Post

"Riveting" - LA Weekly

"GASLAND just might be the best film of the year." - The Huffington Post

"Over the past 8 days I was lucky enough to view 40 films...The most important film I saw was the documentary GASLAND...This examination of air quality and more specifically drinking water under attack from NYC to Ft. Worth was very eye opening." - USA TODAY

GASLAND is "well done. It holds people's attention. And it could block our industry." - Oil and Gas Journal President of the Natural Gas Supply Association

"VOLCANIC…With humor and inquisitiveness, Fox has delivered 2010's most alarming wake-up call." - Hammer To Nail

"When something emerges like Josh Fox's GASLAND, a work of art which also happens to educate quite effectively...this is why festivals, even the big ones, are capable of surprises, because wonderful things do seep through the cracks. Precisely because it was purely personal...and that it was as concerned with aesthetic matters as issues, GASLAND may also be some ideal of that cherished sub-genre in many festival circles, the environmental film, which tends to leave art behind for the topic it's addressing." - Cinemascope

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Time is almost out -- please post something against this pipeline!

It is easy -- just enter this docket number: CP11-56-000

Click this link below to leave a comment for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx

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Public comments on Spectra Energy pipeline proposal are due today

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The only thing that I would like to add to this conversation would be that Spectra should spend the extra money and put the pipeline under the Hudson. Regardless of any argument for or against natural gas, the safety of people who live near where the pipeline would go should not be sacrificed for the sake of saving some money.


Me too. That was why I became a member of No Gas Pipeline for...safety. I hope they uphold that mandate.

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Yeah I doubt the people asking the questions have a clue what's going on in Jersey City. If you tried to engage them I'm sure they would just hang up.

And they don't really care much about the results anyway, they're mainly just using it as a way to get their talking points out there more.

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I got the same call last week, gave the same response, had the same regret. I thought it was an interesting study in how opinion surveys are conducted. The end question was (paraphrasing here)

So, if Spectra were to bring jobs and improve the economy of Jersey City, would you be in favor of the pipeline?

To which I said no, and hung up. I wish I'd argued about the jobs and economy point, since I think the pipeline will do more damage than good in those regards, but it seemed like the voice on the the other line was a telemarketer so I don't think it would've made much of a difference.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_poll

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Perhaps the most famous use of push polls is in the 2000 United States Republican Party primaries, when it was alleged that George W. Bush's campaign used push polling to torpedo the campaign of Senator John McCain. Voters in South Carolina reportedly were asked "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?" The poll's allegation had no substance, but was heard by thousands of primary voters.

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it's called push polling. Spectra's been doing it for a while, I just got one the other day.

It's a pretty sleazy tactic that happens a lot in politics and things like this. The lead-up and the questions are geared in a manner that an uninformed person will only get one side of the story, with the hopes that they'll support the measure, so that Spectra can later laud their public support.

A lot of times the questions are just straight up obscene, to try and pin the respondent into answering one way or the other, something like "Congresssman So-and-so let 1,000 pedophiles go free from jail last year, do you support his decision and would you re-elect Congressman Pedophile?" Even if you know the full story and you have anonimity you feel obligated to answer their way.

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Bogart - I got the same call a few days ago. Same deal. I was disappointed that it ended so quickly!

The Bloomberg story: That 20% quote is an out and out lie. The proposed line ends at the ConEd plant on 14th street. That is not a "regional thing". It is a 14th street thing. In Manhattan. Manhattan, NYC. If he meant that the new line will displace gas that currently is delivered to that plant by other means and that the displaced gas will end up in parts north, south, east and west, there is truth to that.

Of course he's for the pipeline. He'd be an absolute idiot to not be. It is a lower cost, dedicated supply for the city that comes with essentially no direct, pipeline-related risk to residents.

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I just got a phone call from Spectra. Some poor woman had to read a speech about how the pipeline would bring jobs and lower energy prices and asked me if I would favor such a pipeline.

I answered no and she ended the call, but now I regret it. I should have kept her on to find out what they were up to.

Why are they calling random JC residents and asking if they would favor the pipeline?

Anyone else get this call?

It came from 877-769-7310 in case you screen your calls. I do, but they kept calling back day after day until I answered.

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NYC mayor comes out today strongly in favor of controversial Spectra Energy pipeline

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5:09 PM
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
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York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today came out in favor of the controversial Spectra Energy proposal to add 15 miles of natural-gas pipeline to portions of Hudson County and Manhattan.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a strong endorsement today to Spectra Energy's controversial plan to build a 15-mile natural-gas pipeline through portions of Hudson County.

The pipeline -- which would snake underneath Bayonne, Jersey City and offshore Hoboken before heading into Manhattan -- is desperately needed, Bloomberg said at a press conference today.

"Only about 20 percent of the gas, incidentally, that comes through that line will go to New York City. It goes north, south, east, west, all around. It’s a regional thing," Bloomberg said today.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy is strongly opposed to the pipeline proposal, which federal officials are scheduled to approve some time next year. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is also against it, as are all council members in both cities.

Healy has said that the pipeline would jeopardize residents' safety and put future development in Jersey City at risk. He also contends it will only benefit Manhattan.


The pipeline proposal was the subject of heated debate in New York and Jersey City in recent weeks. Spectra Energy officials insist it would be the safest pipeline in North America.

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The only thing that I would like to add to this conversation would be that Spectra should spend the extra money and put the pipeline under the Hudson. Regardless of any argument for or against natural gas, the safety of people who live near where the pipeline would go should not be sacrificed for the sake of saving some money.

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Pipeline Plan Stirs Debate on Both Sides of Hudson
2011-10-27 19:27:29.345 GMT


By MIREYA NAVARRO
(New York Times) -- A debate that pits energy needs against safety risks is playing out in the New York region as federal officials weigh approval of a natural gas pipeline that would terminate in the West Village in Manhattan.
The $850 million project, developed by Spectra Energy of Houston, calls for 15 miles of new pipeline to run from Staten Island to Bayonne and Jersey City before crossing into Manhattan.
Five miles of pipeline between Staten Island and Linden, N.J., would also be replaced.
The new pipeline, the first major one to be built in New York City in decades, has drawn firm support from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and barely a shrug from environmental groups. But with a decision by federal regulators expected early next year, an opposition campaign is gaining some heft. Critics of the natural gas drilling method known as fracking have also leapt into the fray, arguing that the pipeline would abet an environmental ill by carrying some gas extracted through fracking.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, whose approval is needed for the pipeline’s construction, is receiving public comment through Monday.
At a raucous public meeting it held last week in Greenwich Village, more than 300 antidrilling and Occupy Wall Street protesters joined forces to assail the project.
“You’re about to mainline an ecological disaster for the rest of the state,” the actor Mark Ruffalo, the celebrity face of the antifracking movement, said to a standing ovation. “I’m begging you people to stand up for something that’s bigger than our bureaucratic system.”
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy of Jersey City has steadily denounced the project, saying it would threaten some prime development areas and jeopardize the safety of many of the city’s nearly 250,000 residents. He also asks why six miles of the pipeline would run through Jersey City but only graze Manhattan, given that New York City has greater fuel needs and would be the main beneficiary.
“We run all the risk, and our friends to the east get all the benefit,” Mr. Healy said in an interview on Tuesday.
In the West Village, residents only recently began mobilizing against the pipeline, citing accidental gas line explosions elsewhere, like the one that killed eight people and burned down dozens of homes last year in San Bruno, Calif.
Many seem incredulous that such a project could even skirt their upscale neighborhood, where the meatpacking district was recently gentrified, lush green spaces have been added and ground has been broken on a new Whitney Museum of American Art.
“Why would you develop Hudson River Park if you were going to do this?” Christy Robb, who lives on West Fourth Street, asked in an interview.
Spectra points out that the project has undergone several revisions to meet safety concerns and that it now exceeds federal requirements for pipeline safety. “We’re committed to building one of the safest pipelines in the country,” Marylee Henley, a spokeswoman for the company, said.
The federal energy commission has already concluded in an environmental review that any adverse impacts could be reduced “to less than significant” levels and has recommended approval.
Mayor Bloomberg supports the pipeline as a cleaner and greener alternative to dirty heating oil, which thousands of buildings are expected to phase out under tightened city regulations over the next few years. While some will simply switch to a cleaner oil, others are expected eventually to make the transition to natural gas, which creates fewer emissions than oil and is now at historically low prices.
“In terms of cleaning up the city’s energy supply, this is a great investment,” Mr. Bloomberg’s deputy for operations, Caswell F. Holloway, said of the pipeline.
New York City officials call the need for additional natural gas supplies critical, with two other interstate pipelines connecting to the city’s underground distribution grid already operating at or near full capacity.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey expressed “serious concerns” about the pipeline early this year but has not taken a public position on the project, which is expected to create 1,400 new construction jobs but will also pass by some highly populated residential neighborhoods, particularly in Jersey City.
The Spectra pipeline, up to 42 inches in diameter, would cross the Hudson River from Hoboken to the West Village, connecting with Consolidated Edison’s distribution system beneath West Street via the Gansevoort Peninsula. It will range from 6 to 200 feet below ground.
Spectra says the pipeline will be built in segments of 200 feet each. Construction will rip up roads and disrupt traffic for weeks at a time, the company said, but over 60 percent of the pipeline will be laid in areas where industrial infrastructure, like other pipelines and railroad tracks, already exists above and below ground.
The pipeline would transport up to 800 million cubic feet of gas a day. The company says that 20 percent of the gas has already been reserved by Con Edison to meet the demand in New York City and that the rest will be available to the metropolitan region as demand rises.
Gusti Bogok, a West Village neighbor and a member of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic chapter, said that natural gas posed dangers, including radon contamination, and that New York should be moving toward renewable energy sources rather than creating more demand for a fossil fuel.
“We need a comprehensive plan with different options — biofuels, energy reduction programs, retrofitting,” she said.
“That’s where the effort needs to go.”

Copyright 2011 The New York Times Company

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