Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How Extensive is the Antifracking Movement's Deceit on Port Ambrose?

Craig Stevens at Long Beach hearing contributing to his "movements" deceit about the Port Ambrose LNG delivery project in summer 2013

The antifracking movement's conspiratorial theory that the Port Ambrose LNG delivery project currently proposed for offshore of Long Island is widespread among the NY state antifracking movement. From Sandra Steingraber via her 30 days against fracking (and LNG) regs to Craig Stevens who took it upon himself to appear at both the Port Ambrose LNG meeting last summer and the draft EIS hearing on the rockaway project.

One can read Bruce Ferguson opine on how this project is of course for export in many places. Here's one:  Ooh and here is another:

What are some facts about Liberty's Port Ambrose project, the prior LNG delivery project proposed for offshore of Long Island's coast and the Rockaway lateral project?

1. In 2009, the company that wanted to build the prior proposal said in writing in the prefile docket that in their opinion the Rockaway Lateral Project would "help facilitate" their own ability to deliver incremental supply. This company also stated that Williams was providing misleading information about their knowledge of this LNG delivery project.

2. It is hard to fathom how Liberty Natural Gas LLC could deliver the amount of incremental supply that their Port Ambrose project is described as being able to deliver without the Rockaway Lateral Project expansion. It is likewise hard to fathom how anyone at all who is a registered intervenor or who has read any specific details on the Rockaway Project could entertain the thought that Port Ambrose is secretly intended for export.

3. The fractivist movement was supplied this info a long time ago and also repeatedly. This information however would not provide the antifracking movement a convenient excuse to rally on Long Island so they simply chose to lie.

Some Fractivist tactics-- what successful movements are made of  Clare Donahue and friends interpretation of what Port Ambrose, an LNG delivery project is. (Hint: The only tactic I have ever seen these activists use is deceit)

With todays perhaps surprising news that the Cuomo administration will ban fracking in NY, I have seen many tweets and statements celebrating the power of "the antifracking movement", most of course written by those in "the movement". Having seen up close and personal how this "movement" operates over the last two plus years, I can only say that the lesson I have learned is that the most necessary ingredient for a movement's success is to be willing to win no matter what the cost. What was the cost for this movement to win in NY state? It's hard to say as the cost may not be completely tabulated yet if as the governor anticipates lawsuits do ensue.

For my part, I think it's fair to say that one of the costs is that the environmental movement has lost a lot of credibility. They certainly don't appear to be too concerned with facts. Nor do they appear to care much about the people they run over along the way.

Recently a video was produced by the fractivist movement, specifically by two women, Susan Van Dolsen and Betta Broad. Neither has any connection specifically with Gateway National Recreation Area or the Rockaways. The video produced under the Love New York Don't Frack It Up campaign is interesting to say the least. It features restaurant owners, Councilman Donavan Richards-- people with zero activity at all in the Rockaway Pipeline issue. And it ends with a conspiracy created by the antifracking movement: that the LNG delivery project known as Port Ambrose is secretly intended to be an export project. Via Love NY Don't Frack it Up's social media efforts and the tweets of others, I've learned that their Rockaway episode was recently screened at Queens College. This is one way "movements" work-- through deceit.

A draft EIS was recently released on the Port Ambrose project which the antifracking movement has deliberately chosen to create a conspiracy theory on. A notice from the United States Coast Guard says the following:

"Please note that this application is only for the construction and operation of a deepwater port that could only be used as a natural gas import facility. The considerable technical, operational, and environmental differences between import and export operations for natural gas deepwater ports is such that any licensed deepwater port facility that proposed to convert from import to export operations would be required to submit a new license application (including application fee) and conform to all licensing requirements and regulations in effect at such time of application. In addition to payment of the application fee, licensing requirements include, but are not limited to, completion of an extensive environmental impact assessment and financial resources review which would include public participation."

Liberty Natural Gas LLC intervened in the Rockaway Lateral FERC docket in the winter of 2013. Pretty soon that will be two years ago. Liberty stated that their project might be effected by the outcome of the Rockaway Lateral docket. The last company that wanted to build an LNG project offshore of the Rockaways in 2009 in the Rockaway prefile docket said that the Rockaway lateral expansion would "help facilitate" their ability to deliver new supply.  Unlike Susan Van Dolsen and Betta Broad's theory that Port Ambrose is likely intended for export, there is actually a document that backs up what I am saying. 

Susan Van Dolsen is a liar. So is Betta Broad. So is Sandra Steingraber as Ms. Steingraber herself has written about how Port Ambrose is certainly secretly intended to export Marcellus Shale Gas. That is what it generally takes to win though. (that and some Occupy puppets!)

I guess there could be a silver lining in that this issue in NY state will be resolved. However, since I've recently seen Kim Fraczek of Occupy and Sane Energy in the news giving advice on other pipeline infrastructure, via Sane Energy's anti-infrastructure campaingn (the You are Here Map campaign) I tend to think "the movement" is just beginning its reign. 

Below some "movement" members from their antifracking campout at Floyd Bennett Field in the summer of 2013. 

Dominic RyanBecky Wartell,Owsspag ApolloDanovis SchuffordSteve Powersuit,Andrea LomantoKaos RageDesirĂ©e J. DeLoachAllan EatonSusanne IkekpolorMonica HunkenKim Fraczekand Minister Erik R. McGregor.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sane Energy Project Revising History on the Rockaway Lateral Delivery Project

In the neverending saga that is the incredible story of completely nuts activists behaving badly, the folks at Sane Energy Project continue on with what I could only describe at this point as madness. The latest bit of revisionary history on the Rockaway Lateral Project can be found at a new "tool" these folks have created which according to their facebook page states:

 " The Rockaway pipeline, which was proposed under-the-radar while the Rockaways were still reeling from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and is currently under construction under Riis Beach, will bring radon-laced gas into Brooklyn homes and businesses, presenting further cancer risks and explosion risks for nearby families who have already been through the worst." 

 If only I had known just how insane these folks are when I met them back in the summer of 2012!  Dave Doll, featured as a spokesperson on the Rockaway Pipeline project, incidentally was at Riis Beach in the late summer of 2012 (a few months prior to Hurricane Sandy!) helping to get signatures from park goers against the bill that was passed on this project, HR2606.  So it isn't like it is remotely possible that he might actually believe that the Rockaway Pipeline was proposed while the Rockaways were still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.  I couldn't say why these activists are so attached to this particular myth which they created on this project since it is so easily refuted. I certainly have my guesses though and they aren't flattering.

According to non-revisionary history that actually is documented, the Rockaway Lateral Project moved "under the radar" in 2009. Paperwork on the project in FERC begins then. That's approximately three and half years prior to Hurricane Sandy. The significant change that occurred while the project was "under the radar" was the location of the metering station which was not originally proposed for historic hangars in Floyd Bennett Field and then also the introduction of HR2606 in 2011 without any public discussion.  By most people's accounts, and as documented in the news, the public first became aware of the Rockaway Lateral Project upon the news breaking that HR2606 had quietly been passed by the House under a suspension of the rules in early February of 2012. The public was then introduced to the project in late April of 2012 after the National Park Service had testified in support of HR2606 in Senate subcomittee as well.

I imagine that the people who wrote letters to Senators or the National Park Service or anyone who wrote one of Joe's postcard letters against HR2606 would be mighty surprised to hear Clare Donahue, Patrick Robbins and Kim Fraczek of Sane Energy's latest interpretation of history.  Since I've seen these people speak upside down for the last two plus years I can't say I'm terribly surprised at this point though.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Just When You Thought Their Might be No More faux news on the Rockaway Pipeline Project 

There is the certifiable Judith Canepa once again in the news. This time she is featured with an artist who just moved to the rockaways (as in post Hurricane Sandy) who appears to be believe that she now represents the "residents" (as in plural)  that the article's headline claim want the project halted. The fact that this artist uses "disaster capitalism" as the excuse for how HR2606 was passed is ironic, as it appears Victoria Barber found opportunity herself in Hurricane Sandy, both to relocate to the area and express herself through a new photography project. Those of us with our feet on the ground know that Senate passed HR2606 about a month prior to Hurricane Sandy-- and the Senate did so in a late night move with no notice from the Senate National Park Subcommitte which is where that bill was sitting. We also know that nearly all of the testimony in Senate was about Floyd Bennett Field. The lease of the historic hangars, the most controversial aspect of this project,  Al Jazeera doesn't even cover at all in this mostly inaccurate article. The reporter just refers to the buildings as "old".

The rockaway pipeline project is the gift to Floyd Bennett Field and Gateway National Recreation Area that just keeps on giving and giving and giving. 

In the two and half years that have passed since I first learned about HR2606, the bill that was necessary for the Rockaway pipeline project to move forward via NY1, I've mostly seen people at their absolute worst and the most surprising thing of all for me has been is that the people behaving the worst have consistently been the activists and environmentalists not the gas companies. that really is the shocker.

Update: OMG-- is it possible that Al Jazeera pulled this story because of the factual errors? If so--this would be a first. From Gothamist to City Limits I've been trying to get fact free stories retracted or corrected for some time now with no success so I'm not going to hold my breath that this is the reason the link no longer works.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do I Still Live in the United States of America or have we officially changed our name to the "Occupied" States of America?

Kim Fraczek, multitasker extraordinaire, giving a demonstration to Zephyr Teachout all she has mislearned about pipelines. Kim may be representing Occupy the Pipeline, the People's Puppets of Occupy, Sane Energy or Food not Fracking or alternately the 99 percent which I think means ahem, all of us.

People I bet think I am joking when I say that while they were sleeping or taking a picture of their lunch Occupy ended up both writing the news and being featured in the news, but I'm not entirely joking at all.

 Is it absurd to watch as activists like Kim Fraczek or the folks over at Sane Energy cozy up to politicians, give advice to politicians, perhaps write bills (?!?) or be featured regularly via all kinds of "news" saying things that are more times than not almost completely fact free? (Link to the unholy trinity of Kim Fraczek, Jessica Roff and Eric Weltman on BRIC "independent media" making almost no sense whatsoever on the topic of fracking and Brooklyn).  Yes. It is the most absurd thing I have ever witnessed in my life. And since I don't actually live in that "Bizarro Jerry" Seinfeld episode where everything is backwards or upside down, it is also a bit frightening.