Applaud Environmental Activists for Their Commitment to Fighting Hydrofracking

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Target: The Seneca Lake 12, a group of New York environmental activists

Goal: Commend members of the Seneca Lake 12 for their courage in fighting against natural gas projects

After an act of peaceful protest against an energy company’s plans to implement heavy industrialization projects in the Finger Lakes region that supplies water for 100,000 people, three members of an activist group dubbed the “Seneca Lake 12” were charged with trespassing and sent to jail. These activists have vowed to continue their fight to stop the proposed natural gas and propane storage project in the Town of Reading. They should be applauded for their bravery in fighting destructive oil and gas projects.

A dozen residents of the Seneca Lake region in New York recently participated in a peaceful act of civil disobedience and blockaded the gate of a gas compressor station on Seneca Lake, which is a part of the industrial infrastructure being put in place to facilitate hydrofracking. Inergy, a gas company, is proposing a gas storage and transportation project near Seneca Lake.  The Town of Reading imposed a fine of $375 for trespassing and all participants refused to pay. Three of the activists, massage therapist Melissa Chipman of Schuyler County, farm owner Michael Dineen of Seneca County and Sandra Steingraber, PhD, author, biologist and distinguished scholar at Ithaca College were arrested and served a jail sentence of 15 days for their resistance.

The three arrested protesters made it clear that their jail time did nothing to change their minds about the danger of explosions, increased air pollution and other threats posed by the project they are ready to fight. They have called on lawmakers and regulators to adopt a plan called “The Road Map to Renewables for New York,” which outlines ways to provide energy without gas storage or hydrofracking. The Seneca Lake 12, in particular the three activists who were arrested, should be applauded for their acts of protest again environmental injustices imposed by hydrofracking. Such activism is truly needed to avert such harmful, environmentally devastating development projects.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear members of the Seneca Lake 12,

Three members of your group were charged with trespassing and chose to suffer a jail sentence rather the pay the fine. These activists have now vowed to continue their fight to stop the proposed natural gas and liquid propane storage project on Seneca Lake and should be applauded for their courage and activism against destructive oil and gas projects.

The three arrested protesters made it clear that their jail time did nothing to change their minds about the danger of explosions, increased air pollution and other industrially related issues posed by the Seneca lake project and that they are ready to fight. They called on lawmakers and regulators to adopt “The Road Map to Renewables for New York” plan, which outlines ways to provide energy without gas storage or hydrofracking. The Seneca Lake 12, in particular the three activists who were arrested, should be applauded for their acts of protest again environmental injustices imposed by hydrofracking. Such activism is truly needed to avert such harmful, environmentally devastating development projects.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit:  Adrian Kinloch via Flickr

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