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Fracked Gas Pipeline Educational Forums
The next fracked gas pipeline forum is March 11th, 7 PM Buchanan auditorium.  It is located at 54 Warrenville
Road in Mansfield Center. Warrenville Road is also route 89.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Food and Water Watch, and 350CT.
There are numerous pipeline expansion plans currently undergoing approval at the federal and state level, yet many Connecticut residents are unaware of the costs associated with these projects. Please attend our forum if you want answers to the following questions:

1.    How will pipeline expansions affect my town & neighborhood?
2.    How will the cost of these new projects affect my energy bill?
3.    Is methane, or fracked, natural gas, really a bridge fuel?
4.    What are the health and safety impacts for local residents?
5.    What is the effect on the environment of piping fracked gas under rivers, through wetlands, and across sensitive ecosystems?
6.    How does leaked methane impact climate change?
7.    More gas = more fracking = more toxic, radioactive fracking waste. What does this mean for CT?

The Connecticut Sierra Club, in collaboration with our friends at Food and Water Watch and 350 CT, is continuing to hold educational forums about the expansion of fracked gas pipeline and gas infrastructure, scheduled to start construction in 2015.

These meetings are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please join us!

Fight The Pipelines!! !!! Fracked Gas Is Coming to Connecticut in large diameter, high pressure Pipelines, courtesy of gas companies who need to sell their product overseas for profit.

How do you feel about methane poisoning the air and changing the climate?!
How do you feel about radioactive gases released from pipelines near schools and parks?!
How do you feel about rivers, streams, wetlands, and wildlife areas being disrupted ?!
How do you feel about Fracking?

Well, fracking is coming to Connecticut in every way except the wells. Gas Companies plan to dig up and drill across our entire state in order to place large diameter, high pressure pipelines to carry fracked shale gas, from various projects of different gas companies. A few of these projects are: CT Expansion (Tennessee Gas Co), Algonquin Incremental Market (Spectra Energy), and Northeast Energy Direct (Tenn Gas Co). The energy industry wants to move this fracked shale gas from states to the south and west of us to the coast, where it can be converted to liquid gas at LNG stations and shipped overseas, at great profit to gas companies.

WE CAN FIGHT THIS!!
Come to the FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC) scoping meeting on Tuesday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the East Granby Community Center, 20 Center Street, East Granby, CT 06026, and give testimony about why you don’t want huge pipelines carrying fracked gas to be built in our state.

The project being discussed at this scoping meeting is the CT Expansion. This project has not yet been approved, so now is the time to tell FERC about our environmental concerns regarding the transport of shale gas. FERC must consider the environmental impact of transporting dirty fracked gas across our state and the impact that it will have on human health.

You can also give written testimony on the FERC website. The deadline for written comments is Nov. 10. Please contact the email below to get involved, for help with speaking and/or writing points for your testimony, and to meet at the scoping meeting.
Gas=Methane. Methane is over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a global greenhouse gas, causing climate disruption. Yet, no agency, including EPA, regulates methane. There is NO regulation of this dangerous gas in the US. The industry is taking advantage of a lack of regulatory oversight of methane and of fracking to push through a large number of dangerous, unnecessary pipeline projects. !! Low Demand Studies in other states have found that new fossil fuel infrastructure is unnecessary. The companies who support these pipelines are Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil. !! Contact: mkleinrn@aol.com for information and to get involved.

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What should climate activists do in 2015 now that the PCM is a happy memory? http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-what-climate-activists-should-do-in-2015/

Michael Brune
Executive director of the Sierra Club

1. Target 100 percent clean energy. The best defense is a good offense. The costs of wind and solar are a fraction of what they were just a few years ago. Clean energy — plus savings from energy efficiency — is now cheaper than gas, coal, and nukes in many parts of the country and the world. Why keep fracking, mining, and burning dirty fuels when investing in clean energy creates more jobs; cuts air, water, and carbon pollution; and saves people money? As we organize, we need to set our sights on 100 percent clean energy cities, 100 percent clean energy campuses, 100 percent clean energy corporations, dive bars, NBA teams, and more. State-by-state, the president’s Clean Power Plan gives us an opportunity to begin building a 100 percent clean energy economy that works for everyone.

2. To change everything, we need everyone. Climate activists joined forces with economic-justice organizations, unions, housing advocates, and so many others for the People’s Climate March — the largest climate demonstration in U.S. history. Our movement is finally making long-overdue progress on becoming more diverse and building meaningful relationships with the communities on the front lines of climate change. We can’t succeed unless our solutions work for everyone, not just a privileged few. Access to clean energy and a safe, healthy environment is a fundamental human right and essential to a free and democratic society.

3. Will the empire strike back, or strike out? The coal, oil, and gas industries are fighting so hard for a reason. The coal industry knows it’s losing its chokehold on the power sector, and oil and gas executives see growing resistance to fracking, tar sands, and oil trains. They’ve spent millions to buy a friendly Congress. Will they prevail? Will Republicans — and some Democrats — be allowed to roll back protections for air, water, and our climate? Sometimes you have to hunker down and play defense: We cannot afford to give up the ground we’ve gained in stopping polluters over the past five decades.
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Breaking news: We are breathing a sigh of relief. Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has been a dangerous neighbor for too long.
Thanks to decades of citizen organizing and protest plus the wise backing of the elected officials of the state of Vermont, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor has been shut down permanently. The Vermont governor, Peter Schmlin, said: "Thanks to investments in renewable energy such as solar, Vermont energy future is on a different and more sustainable path that is creating jobs, reducing energy costs for Vermonters and slowing climate change." The lights will not go out. The closing will not affect regional grid stability.
This important information comes from  BEYOND NUCLEAR.  To see how scary Vermont Yankee  was  go to  www.beyondnuclear.org  and  briefly watch   SHUT VERMONT YANKEE  and/or  THE ACTIVISTS.

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Shale Gas Boom Is Coming to Connecticut by Martha Klein

As a result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, oil and gas have become cheaper to extract, and the drop in domestic market price is forcing profit driven energy companies to seek alternate markets. The gas companies want to build new pipeline, increase the size of older pipeline, and bring more gas into our state, ostensibly for domestic use but also to link pipeline to liquid natural gas stations which convert gas to liquid fuel for storage and shipping. Right now, the gas, or more accurately, the methane, that is imported via pipelines into Connecticut is about half fracked, but in the future, that amount will be close to 100%. Energy companies claim this pipeline infrastructure increase is needed, because in winter the demand for gas increases in New England, which results in price volatility. Opponents point out numerous flaws in that claim, however. The overall energy use in our state has decreased slightly. People are responding to the crisis caused by climate disruption that they see all around them, and are using less energy as a result. A number of recent studies demonstrate that by continuing this trend of using less power, no more fossil fuels need to be added to the electrical energy mix. (more info to come!) (click on either jpeg for a closer look!)




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