As you know, Trump announced two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week. We have reason to believe that the Senate Confirmation Hearings for these appointments will come in two weeks.
Now, more so than ever, is the time to mobilize. Any delay to a confirmation means a delay to $50 billion worth of pipeline projects waiting for approval before FERC.
On May 22-23, we will be lobbying senators in Washington, DC, demanding that they vote no on Trump’s nominations to FERC. If you can be there, join us! Please sign up here and spread the word. We will soon announce a complementary call-in activity.
When the hearings happen, we plan to fill the confirmation hearing room and protest the nominations. If you’re interested in filling the room and/or taking direct action, please fill out this form. This might happen directly after or during our lobby days. Again, please spread the word and encourage your members to join.
In addition, please urge all of your members to participate in a call-in effort to the Senate. We are calling our own senators and members of the committee to urge them to postpone the hearings and to reject Trump’s nominations. All of the material you need for this call-in effort can be found here, including a script and phone numbers. Thanks to Maya van Rossum and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network for putting together this call-in.
Thank you so much for being a part of this critical campaign to stop FERC’s rubber stamp machine.
FERC Vacancies Campaign
before fully operational
Leak raises fresh concerns about hazards to waterways and outrages indigenous groups, who have long warned of threat to environment
Sam Levin in San Francisco
The Dakota Access pipeline has suffered its first leak, outraging indigenous groups who have long warned that the project poses a threat to the environment.
The $3.8bn oil pipeline, which sparked international protests last year and is not yet fully operational, spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, according to government regulators.
Although state officials said the 6 April leak was contained and quickly cleaned, critics of the project said the spill, which occurred as the pipeline is in the final stages of preparing to transport oil, raises fresh concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.
EPA Strips One Science Board,
While Likely Eyeing a Bigger Prize
Only five members of an 18-member advisory board remain to guide Scott Pruitt’s EPA on environmental science, including climate-related research, as the board awaits a possible influx of industry-friendly perspectives. Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
Scientific advisers who help steer the Environmental Protection Agency‘s research efforts were told late last week that their stints with the agency were getting cut short.
Now, only five members of an 18-member board will guide the agency’s environmental science, including climate change-related research, while the board awaits a possible influx of industry-friendly perspectives. And this may just be the agency’s new leadership testing the waters for a bigger move, say critics of Donald Trump’s handling of the EPA. The agency’s larger Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which has a role in shaping EPA’s regulations, may be the real target of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
the Constitution Pipeline
· Link would carry gas from Marcellus shale basin to Northeast
By Jim Polson | May 10, 2017 8:15PM ET
A year after New York rejected a key certificate for the $925 million Constitution natural gas pipeline, developer Williams Cos. is appealing to a higher authority: the White House.
Williams and labor unions are pressing President Donald Trump’s administration for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit after the state refused to certify the project, Alan Armstrong, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company’s chief executive officer, said Wednesday in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. The pipeline would link supplies from the Marcellus shale basin, America’s biggest by volume, to markets in the Northeast.
Constitution’s approval would be a major win for Williams, which wants to reassure investors of its growth prospects after a failed $33 billion takeover attempt by Energy Transfer Equity LP and an aborted proxy fight with activist shareholder Corvex Management LP. Williams is doubling down on the Marcellus shale basin, where supplies have outpaced new pipeline capacity, as the company seeks to boost profits.