Monday - 4/10
Communities Rising Tour - Lancaster, PA
Defying the Corporate State
Unitarian Universalist Church
538 W. Chestnut Street Lancaster
Featuring voices from the front lines fighting against corporate exploitation. Featured speakers include Ken Ward, Jay O’Hara, and Lancaster’s own Malinda Clatterbuck. For full event info click here.Read more
Pro-Pipeline Forces Ramp Up Intimidation Tactics Against Grassroots Resistance
Last week, while addressing a fracking and pipeline-expansion conference in State College, PA Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson described grassroots pipeline resistance as a “jihad.” With this choice of words, industry insiders are attempting to paint local residents as domestic terrorists for protecting their own homes, families, and properties against dangerous, unwanted, pipelines—including the Atlantic Sunrise Project (ASP) that would send US gas to overseas markets.
The disturbing rhetoric appears to be working. Three days after Powelson’s remarks, PA federal judge Matthew Brann announced that peaceful residents engaging in civil disobedience against the ASP “shall be hauled into court by the United States Marshals’ Service and a contempt hearing conducted.”
While such tactics are clearly intended to break the spirit of grassroots pipeline-resistance efforts across Pennsylvania, the resolve of Lancaster Against Pipelines is only further galvanized by these threats. Despite federal complicity in the industry’s seizure of our land and exploitation of our natural resources, LAP is more committed than ever to peaceful, courageous resistance to Williams’ assault on our land, water, safety, and rural way of life.
As best we can tell, serious, concerted construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline has been delayed by up to several months. There are still state permits that have yet to be issued for the project to go forward, and FERC has still not issued their official notice to proceed. Williams Partners employees testified in court this week that pipe would not begin being laid until July at the earliest.Read more
Lancaster Online reports that PPL has joined with North Carolina Utilities Commission and the New York State Public Service Commission to challenge the Federal Energy Regulation Commission's approval of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline.
Protesters of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will be allowed to continue their encampment on a Conestoga Township farm.
Zoning officers for the township earlier this week condemned a barn that had been used for a press conference and threatened to fine the group for camping out on the property, even though they had permission.
The township said both were unpermitted uses of a property in an agricultural zone. The action incensed Lancaster Against Pipelines and farm owners Susan and Justin Cappiello.
Months after thousands at Standing Rock stood up against the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists in Pennsylvania are ready to take a stand against a nearly $3 billion pipeline project called Atlantic Sunrise.
First proposed in 2014, it is an extension of the current Transco pipeline that transports natural gas throughout the eastern United States. Williams Partners proposed this nearly 200-mile long project to transfer natural gas from the Marcellus shale fields, one of the richest U.S. gas fields.Read more
The tobacco barn at the center of pipeline protests in Lancaster County remains condemned after a Conestoga Township Supervisors meeting Tuesday night.
The barn, which was condemned Monday, is privately owned by Justin and Susan Cappiello, who have given Lancaster Against Pipelines permission to use the land and the barn for an encampment protesting an upcoming pipeline. Organizers hoped Conestoga Township supervisors could help in the matter, but the officials said have no say in the matter.Read more
On Monday afternoon, the local building inspectors arrived at the Lancaster Stand and plastered “Condemned” notices all over the tobacco barn that has become the centerpiece of the encampment against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The abrupt notice was conducted by West Lampeter Township Zoning Board, as ordered by the Conestoga Township Supervisors. The barn is privately owned by Justin and Susan Cappiello, who have granted permission for Lancaster Against Pipelines to hold the Lancaster Stand encampment on their land, including use of the tobacco barn.Read more
From the Sierra Club site:
Today, a report prepared by Key-Log Economics for the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Advocates was released, detailing what it calls the true costs of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The proposed fracked gas pipeline was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its former chair’s final day -- just before the commission lost its quorum.
The Atlantic Sunrise project would clear cut its way through ten Pennsylvania counties, impacting 2,000 acres of forested land and crossings hundreds of wetlands and water bodies. The proposed route includes nearly 200 miles of new pipeline which would supply gas exports out of Maryland and gas plants in North Carolina and Florida.Read more