Comment Period to FERC has ended; see below for CARP’s submittal

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The comment period on the Rockaway Lateral Pipeline project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ended. We welcome you to use information from the document CARP Pipeline Comments to FERC December 9 2013 in your efforts on behalf of the environment.

We gratefully acknowledge the work of the Sane Energy Project for the sections on Radon and Lack of Notification, from which we copied verbatim, to Renew New York for the boiler conversion text (also copied verbatim), and to our colleagues at Occupy the Pipeline, New York Climate Action of Brooklyn For Peace, Park Slope United Methodist Church, New York City Friends of Clearwater, United for Action, the Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity Working Group, New York Climate Action Group, C.B. 14 in Rockaway Park, and others. And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made comments. They poured in over the past days and weeks, especially in the last hours of the workday on Monday, Dec. 9. You responded to over a month’s worth of emails and social networking, used your smartphones to capture CARP’s “Not On The Beach” link from the beautiful posters displayed throughout the Rockaways and parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, spoke out at hearings, offered support, and spread the word. Your comments were passionate and moving, many stunningly brilliant, speaking for our rights to safely visit OUR National Recreation Area, for the health of the ocean and bay and the protection of the wild creatures who live there or migrate through, breeding and nesting, for the people upstream who would be affected by fracking to feed a gas pipeline imposed upon us by Bloomberg’s administration (and implemented by the National Parks Service) and built by a company with a horrendous safety record, for the children in NYC kitchens who would breathe radioactive gases coming in from Marcellus gas, and for the fragile and unstable climate that is our planet’s life support system.

To paraphrase Margaret Mead, CARP’s 40-page comment.is the result of the work of a small group of committed people.

We’ll keep you informed of next steps, including a fund-raiser to pay the legal fees for the excellent help received from Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, one of the nation’s top environmental law firms. And thanks to Noah at the Center for Biological Diversity for understanding the urgency of the struggle and providing us that connection, and to the small shopkeepers who welcomed us and our posters, and to Genevieve’s class at the New York City College of Technology for creating them with humor and bite.

Five of the posters were seen by much of NYC, but we want you to get a look at everyone’s great work:

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danger

drowning man

not so far

one of these things

red and green

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