Did Everyone Forget About That Gas Pipeline in the Rockaways? – and PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH

Latest NY media outlet (Curbed) published this article by Jeremiah Budin,

Did Everyone Forget About That Gas Pipeline in the Rockaways?

The pipeline is finally getting some significant attention in the press and blogosphere. We CARPers are looking at the  next steps – connecting to No Rockaway Pipeline, networking the Rockaways community with others across the USA and beyond who are also in the line of fire by Williams Company, helping foster more renewable energy (after all, the Rockaways are all about wind, water and sun), and, along those lines, most important conservation and efficiency (get those heating bills down!).

Meanwhile join in the great People’s Climate March, September 21, preparatory to a landmark U.N. Climate Meeting, with events leading up to and beyond that date including faith-based groups, bike blocs, a boat brigade, immigrant rights participants, kids’ clusters and much much more. Check out the Sporatorium and the Global Climate Convergence (System Change, not Climate Change) for art and science, respectively, and the truth. And join us! Let’s make this the time that the U.N. steps up and addresses cllimate chaos, and let’s take charge of our own futures at the same time.

 

Sunday Aug 24 – Rockaway Pipeline alert (a day of events at Riis Beach, starting at 1 pm)

The Rockaway Pipeline is being built this summer – right now. Despite the best efforts of many of you, a trench is being run offshore from Riis Park/Fort Tilden, and the construction is spewing materials into the ocean. The pipeline will run right under the beach. You can see the staging platform from shore. Sadly, whales migrate through these waters at this time of year, birds summer in Gateway National Recreation Area, and Rockaway communities, still affected by Superstorm Sandy, are trying to make the best of the season.

But this story is not yet over. Please join the No Rockaway Pipeline folks on Sunday, August 24. We’ll have a tour (led by Ken Gale of Eco-Logic on WBAI), a discussion and training, and then rally our voices. Let’s keep speaking out. See you then – details as follows, from the Facebook event, Demonstration Against the Rockaway Pipeline:

1:00 – Tour of Jacob Riis Park, highlighting the ecosystems threatened by the pipeline and the social ecology of efforts to build autonomy in Rockaway since Hurricane Sandy.

3:00 – Visioning/coalition building discussion on adversarial community control of land/reclaiming space. Participatory art-making and locally grown food on the beach.

4:00 – Non-violent Direct Action Training

5:00 – Demonstration

Last month a demonstration of 70 people shut down construction temporarily. Let’s take action again, and also demonstrate the kind of world we want to see in place of the pipeline.

Fire in the hole!

Late breaking news – a fire broke out Thursday August 21 in a gas main on Flatbush Avenue near the Belt Parkway. Emergency notification system message follows. Does this inspire confidence?

From: Notify NYC <PHX-gwb@sendwordnow.com>

Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Subject: Notify NYC – Notification

Notification issued 8/21/14 at 10:23 PM. Due to a fire cause by a gas main break at 2900 Flatbush Avenue (BK), please expect emergency personnel and road closures along Flatbush Avenue and the Belt Parkway.

The sender provided the following contact information.
Sender’s Name: Notify NYC
Sender’s Email: notifynyc@oem.nyc.gov
Sender’s Contact Phone: 212-639-9675