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Houses, stores, and a spa
at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon!!  Seriously?? I don't know why they would have to hear from us, but the U.S. Forest Service is giving permits for mega-developement just south of the Grand Canyon. One of the earliest Sierra Club supporters, Teddy Roosevelt said, "Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it."

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The development hawks have made their next move to destroy Remington Woods, a 419 acre open space in Bridgeport and Stratford.
(yes, the picture at left is actually Bridgeport!)
How we can block development of Remington Woods:
Step 1:
Background: Bridgeport is gearing up for reconstruction and extension of Seaview Avenue that would
lead into the Remington Woods site. $10 million in federal funds must be matched by a 20 percent match from city coffers.

What to do: The state Department of Transportation is accepting written comments from the public about the proposed Seaview Avenue project until the close of business May 7. Write to say you OPPOSE the Seaview Avenue project.  Send comments to Mark W. Alexander, of the DOT's Bureau of Policy and Planning, by mail at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, or by fax to 860-594-3028, or by email to dot.environmentalplanning@ct.gov

Step 2: Stay tuned!  But meanwhile, take Step 1!
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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/530/563/citizens-against-cpv-oxford-energy-plant/

Citizens Against CPV Oxford Energy Plant

Please sign this petition to keep the proposed CPV Towantic Energy Plant out of the Woodruff Hill Industrial Park in Oxford! This highly-polluting 805 megawatt plant will impact the environment, the community, and the health of our children.

This site is only 500 feet from the Middlebury town line. If built, the plant will affect neighborhoods up to 2-3 miles away with vibration, noise, and 30 months of heavy construction traffic. Air pollution will directly impact homes within a 10 mile radius. The size of the proposed facility is stunning - 26 acres in all, with 6 acres of 80 foot tall water condensation units and two stacks 150 feet tall.

At its peak, the plant will consume over 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. When natural gas is low, as it was this past winter, the plant will run on fuel oil. There is currently 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil stored on the proposed site, which will last just 2.5 days. When that runs out, it will take one tanker truck full of fuel per hour, every hour to run the plant.

At minimum, the plant will put out over 50 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) per year. When the plant runs on oil any benefits of natural gas disappear, so we are facing known carcinogens such as sulfur dioxides and mercury output. The proposed plant will release 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The plant will release 190 tons of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per year. The plant will release 12 tons of PM2.5 (particulate matter)

Natural gas (and oil) power plants add dangerous pollutants to the air that seriously impact the health of people within a ten mile radius, with children and the elderly most susceptible.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has linked air pollutants with cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, respiratory symptoms, reproductive issues and birth defects.

The plant will also create water problems, both in sourcing and disposal.  When operating on natural gas, it will consume 58,000 gallons per day; in oil mode, it will use 1,000,000 gallons per day.  Stop Towantic Power believes that consuming such a large amount of water could disrupt our aquifer and cause water shortages.  That water, which is used to scrub the two 150 foot stacks, will ultimately be discharged into the Naugatuck River, contaminating it and harming fish, plants and wildlife.

Connecticut has signed a Department of Energy pledge to the 20/20 program: 20% of its energy coming from renewable sources by the year 2020.  We are currently at 3%.  The construction of the Towantic fossil fuel power plant will not contribute to this goal.  The plant is also unnecessary, based on the Connecticut Siting Councils Forecast Report (Docket No. F-2012/2013) that concludes electric generation supply will be adequate through 2022.

National research studies have shown that property values will decline; air traffic will experience additional risks from the extremely hot plume being emitted from the smokestacks; and a safety risk will be introduced into populated areas.


Please visit our website (www.stoptowanticpower.com) and use our letter writing tool to write letters or emails to the Connecticut Siting Council to urge them to deny this plant’s application (it’s quick and easy).  This is the only way to stop the plant.  Please forward this email to your friends—we need thousands of letters (you can send more than one).

GET INVOLVED! Contact Martha Klein (email her here) or 860-542-5225

For more info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuQNqm6dk2g&feature=youtu.be

http://sape2016.org/
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas)
http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

More methane pipelines across Connecticut!??  Not if you can help it!  There is an industrialization of Connecticuts landscape planned and its completely under the radar. There are five methane gas pipelines in the works with all the pollution, danger, and health concerns that come along with them.  Much of this methane is for liquefaction and export where other countries pay more for it. We need you to call your Congressional representatives to say these pipelines are not needed nor wanted by the people of Connecticut.

            Methane gas is extracted by fracking, fraught with problems not reported in the                     mainstream media;
       
Its flammable, toxic, and a potent greenhouse gas; Mixed with: Acid, Corrosive inhibitor, Bactericides, Friction reducer, Iron control, and             Scale inhibitors which end up in the wastewater and drilling slurry;
       
Methane is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide;
       
Infrastructure cost will be passed on to the consumer and not come out of the profits of the gas industry;
       
The increase in pipelines and expansion of existing pipelines is primarily to export gas;
       
A minimum of 5% of the gas is lost to leaks on the way to its destination;
       
Stopping leaks and reducing demand provide sufficient power;
       
On site storage use is needed for peak use during winter, not buying it on the spot market at peak times;
       
Liquifying the gas for export is energy intensive;
       
Currently, methane is unregulated by EPA, and the current rush to build billion dollar pipeline projects is motivated by the fear of impending             regulation or legislation;
        
Very bad public policy from Bush/Cheney to Obama.
        
ERODES AIR, SOIL & DRINKING WATER QUALITY
        
ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS ARE SERIOUS AND IRREVERSIBLE
        
PIPELINE DRILLING USES MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER/ CREATES ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES TO FARMS, FOOD                     CHAIN, CITIZENS, COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION LAND
        
RISK OF RUPTURE & EXPLOSION CAUSING LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
        
ACCELERATES GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
        
ERODES  PROPERTY VALUES AND  IMPACTS CONSUMER MORTGAGES & INSURANCE
        
STRESSES LOCAL COMMUNITIES RESOURCES AND DAMAGES INFRASTRUCTURE
        
SUBVERTS NEEDED INVESTMENT IN CARBON-FREE FUEL ALTERNATIVES
        
WEALTH AND INCOME SHIFT FROM 95% TO 5%

Compressor stations (c/s) release huge amounts of toxins.  These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, and formaldehyde. Citizens within 1500 feet of c/s in PA, TX, LA and other states have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea. A typical c/s also emits 46.2 tons of nitrous oxide per year. An anesthetic for dental surgeries, nitrous oxide can cause numbness and mental impairment. Nitrous oxide and volatile organic compounds interact to produce ground level ozone.  Ozone inhibits crop and vegetation growth by as much as 30%.

Compressor stations are dangerous.  Since 2011, there have been explosions and fires at c/s in Lathrop, Pa, Brooklyn Township, PA, Montrose, PA, Branchville, NJ, Windsor, NY, Pinedale, WY, Marengo County, AL, Oaktown, IN, Langton, OK, Nine Mile Canyon in UT among others.  Explosions have required midnight evacuations of nearby residents, with people evacuated out to a one-mile radius.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND SENATORS:                                                    If you would like some talking points to reference when calling or

                                                                                                                                            emailing your representative, just click on the image below:

Senator Chris Murphy (D CT)
Washington DC                      Hartford, Connecticut
(202) 224-4041                       (860) 549-8463
http://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D CT)
Washington DC                         Hartford, CT,               Bridgeport, CT,
(202) 224-2823                       (860) 258-6940            (203) 330-0598
http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact

Representative Jim Himes  (http://himes.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     Bridgeport, CT                Stamford, CT
(202) 225-5541                     (866) 453-0028              (203) 353-9400

Representative Joe Courtney  (http://courtney.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     Norwich, CT                    Enfield, CT
(202) 225-2076                     (860) 886-0139               (860) 741-6011

Representative John Larson  (http://www.larson.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                      Hartford, CT
(202) 225-2265                      (860) 278-8888

Representative Rosa DeLauro  (http://delauro.house.gov/)
Washington, DC              New Haven, CT                      Stratford
(202) 225-3661              (203) 562-3718                     (203)-378-9005          

Representative Elizabeth Esty  (http://esty.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     New Britain, CT
(202) 225-4476                     (860) 223-8412                      
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