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The Labor Day weekend always signals the end of summer for us. We spent a fantastic summer in Ireland and Scotland and are now ready to double down to the work to save the world! We hope you also had a good summer and are ready for the work ahead.  Becky and Bob
Environmental News
 
Feds clear way for Constitution Pipeline in NY
over State's objections. 
  • We worry what this could mean for the Northeast Energy Direct.
  • We'll keep you posted as we figure out how we should proceed.
  
Article by Chad Arnold, Albany Bureau Aug. 29, 2019  Elmira Star-Gazette 

ALBANY – Federal regulators allowed the Constitution Pipeline to move forward Wednesday, ruling New York took too long to deny a key permit that had been blocking construction of the proposed natural-gas line.
 
The decision handed down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the state Department of Environmental Conservation waived its right to reject the necessary water-quality permit (/story/news/local/new-york/2016/04/22/dec-reject-constitution-pipeline-permit/83401098/) for the pipeline because the state agency failed to act in a timely manner.
 
The ruling comes three years after DEC denied the pipeline builder's permit application for failing "to meet New York state’s water quality standards.
 
"It clears the way for Williams Partners LP, the gas company heading the project, to move ahead with the Pennsylvania-to-New York line, though the state is likely to challenge the decision.

Click here for the full article.
Click here for another article from the Times Union.

Albany Loop, E37


The summer has been very quiet. We have not heard anything from the Public Service Commission (PSC). We are waiting to hear if we have "party status" and how the PSC reacts to our many questions and comments. We are continuing to pressure the PSC and the Office of General Services which controls the state land under the Hudson River. The National Grid application had planned for an August start. So far so good. As far as we know the pipeline is on hold. We'll keep you posted.

Please help stop the Albany Loop E37 Pipeline - Sign our petition here: 

It’s Call Cuomo TUESDAY-FRIDAY!
Call Governor Cuomo @ 877-235-6537 and tell him to stop the Albany Loop pipeline (formerly known as the East Greenbush pipeline), and all fossil fuel projects. New Yorkers want renewable alternatives NOW.


Educate Yourself About Climate Solutions

How We Can Get to 100% Renewables. Yes, its really possible.
Click here to find out how!


Take Drawdown's quiz on climate change solutions: (I hope you do better than I did!)


 
 
 
Upcoming Meetings
 
  • Monday September 9th, 2 pm, SNYFGP/CASE Meeting Nassau Library 
  • Thursday, October 3, 6 pm, SNYFGP/CASE Meeting, The Armory, Sage College (where the 2019 Fair will be held)

Upcoming Events
 
Thursday, September 5: Troy Plastic Hearing
The Troy Plastics Trifecta bill (banning polystyrene, plastic straws upon request and placing a five cent charge on paper bags) has passed the 2 necessary committees and is now headed for a full floor vote on Thursday, September 5 at 6pm at Troy City Hall, Hedley Building, 433 River Street in Troy.


Thursday, September 5: Speak in support of Albany exploring Community Choice Aggregation
Sign up to speak by 6:45 pm, meeting starts at 7, 
 Albany City Hall, 2nd floor, 24 Eagle St.. The Albany City Planning Committee approved a resolution to explore Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). Come and speak in support of Albany joining other Capital Region municipalities to give residents and small businesses low cost, renewable electricity. Prior to the meeting, send a pro-CCA comment to your Common Council Member and to the Mayor at Mayor@albanyny.gov.  Comments addressed to all Common Council Members may be sent to Michel Andre, Senior Legislative Aide, for distribution: mandre@albanyny.gov.  
Point out;
  • CCA saves money on electric bills
  • CCA put less carbon in the atmosphere
  • CCA allows us to purchase electricity locally, boosting our local renewable energy, economy and jobs
  • Any resident/business can opt out if they choose
  • CCA protects residents from predatory electricity companies that charge from 2x to 5x the supply cost from National Grid.

Thursday, September 12: New York State Offshore Wind Open House Events

NYSERDA’s Offshore Wind Team will host a series of open house events to discuss the State's efforts to advance offshore wind, including New York’s unprecedented awards for 1,696 MW of offshore wind energy. NYSERDA staff will present details of the two announced projects – Empire Wind (Equinor US Holdings, Inc.) and Sunrise Wind (Bay State Wind LLC, a joint venture of Ørsted A/S and Eversource Energy) – as submitted in the project proposals, including local impacts and opportunities.
Open house events will be held in Albany, Brookhaven, Long Beach, Southampton, Staten Island, Sunset Park, and The Rockaways.

Albany Open House
Thursday, September 12
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Albany Public Library, Washington Avenue Branch
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
 
September 20, International Student Strike - 1:00 at the NYS Capitol
A group of tenacious Albany school students from four local schools are collaborating to organize a Global #Climate Strike, to take place in Albany on the same day as similar actions across Australia and around the world. On Friday September 20th, the students will leave school to march and rally alongside community groups, families, advocacy organisations, unions, workplaces and many others to call for immediate real action on climate.

October 27, Social Emergency Response Center (SERC),
for the Environment, at Basilica Hudson

In partnership with the community conversation series SURVIVE THE FUTURE on climate change by Instar Lodge this fall, there will be a daylong social emergency response center (SERC) at Basilica Hudson October 27. This SERC is an opportunity for artists, activists, and community members from NYC to the capital region to come together in a dedicated setting to find out more about how they can create change in response to a social emergency in their place. The SERC at Basilica Hudson will address how climate catastrophe affects the greater area around the Hudson River.

Sunday, October 13, 2019, EARTH TO CUOMO: The Rally for New York’s Climate will take place at Waryas Park on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY
 
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Saturday, November 16 from 10-4, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
Armory at Sage College at 130 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 

Be part of this one-stop shopping event for information and products about living in harmony with our earth. This is the largest indoor/outdoor environmental fair in the Capital Region.There will be exhibits and information on renewable energy, sustainable living and climate action, in addition to good food and drink. One can meet motivated attendees, speak with like-minded exhibitors, and listen to speakers on a variety of topics. Our goal is to continue to educate the public about climate solutions, promote action for the climate, while showcasing products and services to achieve this goal. This event is free and open to the public with free parking. 

The fee to have a table at the Fair is still only $200 for a business/for-profit organization and $35 for a not-for profit organization. 
If you are interested in being an exhibitor or advertising in the program booklet please register here. Please share this event on all of your communication tools.

If you know of other organizations that might be interested in exhibiting, please forward this to them. 


Things You Can Do:
  • Write letters to the Editor
  • Educate yourself
  • Educate others
  • Vote
  • Get others to Vote
  • Join SNYFGP / CASE or another climate action group
  • Sign petitions...

Stop the Danskammer Fracked Gas Plant!
New York needs to move off fossil fuels as fast as possible. But fracked gas power plant proposals are popping up all over the state, including one in the town of Newburgh on the Hudson River.

The Danskammer would be a massive 550 MW fracked gas plant posing huge risks to the air and water of the local community -- and worsening our climate crisis by burning dirty fossil fuels around the clock.
Click here to sign the petition.

 

Tell the Dept. of Health: New York's PFAS Regulations Need to Be Even Stronger

Governor Cuomo and the state Department of Health (DOH) recently came out with proposed new regulations for some very bad chemicals (PFOA and PFOS) that have ended up in New Yorkers' drinking water.

These regulations are a step in the right direction, but they're still not strong enough, considering that these chemicals can cause serious health problems and they're showing up in the drinking water of some New York communities.

Public comments on these proposed regulations are being accepted until September 24.

Click here to sign petition. 

 

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