The final in this LNG series.
These are the last days to make Public (YOU) Comments to the Maritime Administration by Thursday August 22, 2013.
These government employees and politicians are faced with paid professional lobbyists (and their pressure) on a daily basis but don’t get to hear much from the public. Probably one of the most pertinent quotes from a speaker at the hearing was Cindy Zipf, from Clean Ocean Action who said:
“By letting them know how we feel, we make it easier for them to say ‘no.'”
Remember : you have every right to make your voice heard.
for more in-depth info.
First up: links for YOU to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT:
click here for all the public information regarding the LNG Port licensing request :
Tell them no! Comment to the regulators on the project’s official government docket by clicking here by 8/22/13.
Click here to sign the Sierra Club petition : No LNG Port In NY / NJ Waters
Petition to Governor Cuomo to veto the project by clicking here
To see a synopsis of what was said and quotes from numerous speakers at the hearing click here.
Safety, air, water, environment, security, property, health :
If we are supposed to sacrifice these things in the name of something; some kind of benefit to ourselves, our community, our country, or mankind; no one has said what that benefit is.
Liberty Natural Gas is a fracking company / hedge fund based out of Calgary Canada with finances in the Cayman Islands – that is their business.
What could go wrong?
Well just since the hearing, lets have a look:
Right after my post on the exploding tanker, as if on cue, there was the “Disaster in Quebec”
24 dead, town blown up, company much less than helpful
Then, 2 days later, there was a real life “natural gas spill” in the Gulf Of Mexico
which “left a four-mile wide “rainbow sheen” on the water’s surface south of Louisiana, the Coast Guard said”
as the company yawned and said they’d get around to solving it in a few days.
Please can we get a pretty rainbow sheen for our waters, too?
See the story from CNN, “Coast Guard: Natural gas leak in Gulf.”
Then a week later this happened:
A second major spill –
“Wall St Journal: Gas-Well Blowout Revives Doubts on Drilling Safety”
That one they don’t know how to fix yet. Same problems as the BP oil spill -blowouts and capping problems.
I wonder about all the ones we’re not hearing about!
Oops, : Another secret massive oil spill where the media is being blocked out from filming, photographing and reporting anything besides what the company approves with help of government response teams :
Cold Lake oil spill leaking for months: Documents.
The same thing happened in the Exxon Arkansas neighborhood spill.
The company said it was too dangerous to have civilians and reporters in the area or helicoptering overhead so police and private security kept them out.
New information in that Arkansas Spill-
Exxon knew and didn’t care, kept pushing anyway ( I’m shocked!)
Environmental roulette so the few can get rich and cut and run in a disaster. If they’re caught, there is no criminal penalty and the fine is so small it usually amounts to a couple hours profits for these companies.
Pipelines and public lands – a bad connection!
I have found this industry article saying there is a connection between this project and the pipeline being jammed through the Rockaways, Brooklyn etc. so why isn’t the company forthcoming on this?
That Rockaways pipeline proceeds over public objections by running through public lands- the city’s at their Jacob Riis Park and the federal Government at Gateway National Park to avoid public intervention. I see a pattern here-
Will Jones Beach State Park be next?
It seems like its a real coincidence.
Everyday, our beach has garbage wash up on it. Soda cans, tampon applicators, plastic bags, balloons are guaranteed -daily.
just everyday garbage that washes up on our beach. you think this project won’t add worse stuff to this?
Where does all the garbage come from? Much is from garbage barges that are 10-20 miles away.
We are foolish not to expect to see the effects of this project washing up regularly. And even scarier would be all the things washing up that you can’t see!
Tanker explosions, wackos, changed earth orbits
I took some flack over my fictitious story about the LNG tanker exploding on other blogs etc. I even merited my first “wacko”(bows) and I’m going to show you this picture that was made available to me that I am not far wrong.
As you can see from this diagram from Sandia National Laboratory, THEY say this is a potential disaster and needs to studied.
An interesting speaker spoke at the hearing about this very subject saying the industry has only studied pin size holes in gas lines.
There are no studies on a breach of the tankers hull.
Another speaker, an attorney for Suffolk County said in her research into the last LNG port, she was given a copy of the Maritime college textbook which claimed that if an entire LNG tanker exploded it would be powerful enough to “knock the earth off its orbit”.
And here I thought I was just taking things a little too far in making my point! Maybe I didn’t go far enough.
Time To Decide
Thanks to CONCA (The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations) for coming out AGAINST the project, forcefully. Read the letter at the link at the top.
Time is running out whether you decide or not, others are going to make their decisions. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reminded us that “if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”.
Of course, for both individuals and groups, silence will be taken as a
“yes, please give us your problem so you can offshore the profits to another country and leave our town on the hook for all the risk of your project, thank you!”
Make a statement on the official government regulators’ docket against the project on the links above.
I can’t stop you from copying and pasting that excellent letter from CONCA into those comments and adding your two cents… Just saying.
You can also find the Surfriders link here that will supply a downloadable opposition letter for you to make the case.
Please. Take. Action. Now!
It is obvious this is not going to be just our politicians or civic associations’ responsibility to do something about this.
It is our responsibility.
Please. Click the links above to let the government and everyone else know we do not want this.
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Lets make people aware, lets unite and be heard.