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Congress To Vote On Jamaica Bay Pipeline Today, Perhaps For The Last Time

Posted By Laura Vladimirova On November 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In News & Features | 3 Comments

The proposed placement of natural gas pipelines from Williams and National Grid. Source: Williams

According to the legislative calendar [1] for the House of Representatives, H.R. 2606, better known as the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act or the Jamaica Bay pipeline, is set to be voted on today. After the area where the pipeline will be installed was badly damaged due to Sandy, advocates against the pipeline warn that a major storm could happen again, and with the pipeline there the consequences could be far worse than ever before.

The proposed construction of this pipeline has been marred by dozens of protests [2] and thousands of anti-pipeline petition signatures [3]. Now that they’ve seen Sandy’s aftermath, advocates against the pipeline have added another reason not to ahead with construction to their list.

The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP) [4] writes:

It’s complete insanity to build a high-pressure gas pipeline and metering station in an area that has just been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and will REGULARLY experience such events, or worse, in the decades to come. We don’t need this gas — we need to stop climate change and switch to renewables.

This bill permits construction of a gas pipeline in a national park – right next to a wildlife refuge that is home to a dozen endangered and threatened species; right under a public beach that is used by thousands of New Yorkers every year; and right by the largest community garden on the East Coast.

In the wake of the Hurricane Sandy stopping this bill is imperative. The bill authorizes construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline and metering station in an area that has just experienced major flooding and fire – and will do so again as the oceans rise because of climate change. Thousands of lives could be jeopardized in the event of another hurricane or storm surge.

They urge others to join them in their opposition of the pipeline by calling local congressmembers Tuesday morning and telling them to vote “no” on H.R. 2606.

You can find your congressperson’s Washington number by going here [5].

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URLs in this post:

[1] legislative calendar: http://www.majorityleader.gov/Floor/daily.html

[2] dozens of protests: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/10/with-5000-petitions-in-hand-jamaica-bay-gas-pipeline-opponents-urge-senator-schumer-to-kill-proposal/

[3] anti-pipeline petition signatures: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/10/new-petition-against-the-jamaica-bay-gas-pipeline-emerges/

[4] The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP): http://carpny.org/2012/11/12/action-alert-stop-the-rockaway-pipeline-call-your-congressperson-today-2/

[5] here: http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

[6] Jamaica Bay Pipeline Opponents Speak Out Following Senate Approval: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/09/jamaica-bay-pipeline-opponents-speak-out-following-senate-approval/

[7] Jamaica Bay Pipeline Clears Another Major Hurdle, Closer To Becoming A Done Deal: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/09/pipeline-bill-passes-pipeline-will-be-constructed-in-jamaica-bay/

[8] Activists: Jamaica Bay Pipeline Could Open Up Other National Parks To Industrial Use: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/08/activists-jamaica-bay-pipeline-could-open-up-other-national-parks-to-industrial-use/

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