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.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Betta Broad, Maureen Healy and Judith Canepa-- Fun and hilarity 24/7 on the misinformation highway

Betta Broad is filming some antifracking propaganda featuring the non-stop hilarity of activists Maureen Healy and Judith Canepa

Betta Broad and friends at Love NY, Don't Frack it Up are continuing on with what appears to be the most superfun tactic of the antifracking activist world, using the Rockaway Pipeline project to promote misinformation and myth or as folks like to say in the community organizing world, "promoting awareness". What kind of serious topics have Maureen Healy and Judith Canepa made fun? Well they thought it might be fun/funny to ponder whether the Rockaway pipeline project is secretly for export. They thought it might be fun/funny to have a human pipeline event at Floyd Bennett Field where they could play at being both experts on the Rockaway Pipeline project and stakeholders locally effected. For anyone who knows just a hair about the Rockaway Pipeline project, what these ladies have to say is a hoot and a half but I'm pretty sure not in the way that Betta Broad of Love NY Don't Frack It Up and other "groups" actually intends.

 Here are some fun links to the latest hysterical things that are currently being said about the Rockaway pipeline project:

 1. A Call to Resistance Camp Against the Rockaway Pipeline advertised by some folks called Deep Green Resistance. Interesting info from them includes this refreshingly fun statement on the Underground Actions section of their website :  "The Underground Action Calendar exists to publicize and normalize the use of militant and underground tactics in the fight for justice and sustainability." What normalizing the use of "militant tactics" means is anyone's guess. That doesn't sound like camping to me. 

2. A strange video by someone named Louis Proyect, "The Unrepentant Marxist" apparently a moniker of choice. Interestingly enough Mr. Proyect also has made a video of the Left forum's recent panel called "Fighting the Frack Monster".  The panel was chaired by Peter Rugh, who is either a reporter or activist or both, although he is billed at this panel as reprenting the group  "System Change not Climate Change".  One superinteresting thing about this panel is that it included a "reporter" for deSmog Blog and an activist in California with surprise suprise!-- ties to Occupy. Has Peter Rugh ever written something about the Rockaway Pipeline project that is myth? Well yes he has. 

3. In a piece titled "Everything you need to know about fracking", apparently not written by Woody Allen though, the latest bit of misinformation to get absorbed and passed on by a "reporter" is that the exploding fracked gas rockaway pipeline project goes under two beaches now, not one.  

In other fun news I listened to a phone message from Zephyr Teachout asking for a vote tomorrow as she would like to be governor. She may or may not be getting her info on pipelines and therefore energy infrastructure from Occupy puppetmakers. 

The rockaway pipeline project has been interesting for a long time now. Way more interesting than one could ever imagine. The way it has been manipulated by activists and then covered in the news is one of the most interesting things I've seen in a while. 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rockaway Pipeline -- the Myths and Misinformation keep going and going and going

The signs usually accurately represent what the activists are against-- The latest Rockaway pipeline fighters most accurately would be described as being against "All Pipelines and All markets" 

The latest piece of propaganda (and it is that or just a really inaccurate news report on the Rockaway Pipeline project) came via Al Jazeera this week and just like Mr. Pinto who wrote about the pipeline for Gothamist and Vice, the reporter who wrote the article is supposed to be highly educated, specifically in the field of journalism. There are too many things wrong with Peter Moskowitz's rendition of reality on the rockaway pipeline project to name them all but for starters, and probably most importantly, he has chosen to use unreliable and uninformed sources to tell the tale. Maureen Healy for one is an unreliable source as the coalition she belongs to lacks merit. The other sources appear to be a woman who is new to the Rockaway area and an activist involved with another issue, cycling. What is false or alternately misleading about Mr. Moskowitz story? Almost everything. One has to wonder right off the bat why it is that Mr. Moskowitz and/or his editor at Al Jazeera could not find a photo of Jacob Riis beach and instead used a photo of a beach miles away from it. The photo that accompanied the story of course fits in nicely with the false narrative of the story-- that number one it is residents in the rockaways who are telling this story and who are opposed to this project because they are deeply concerned about their safety because of this project. Almost the exact opposite though is true and that can be said for almost every other detail in the rest of Peter Moskowitz's "report" as well.

 Ms. Victoria Barber, who may or may not be using the destruction by Hurricane Sandy to promote her art, is the latest to promote the myth that the people of the Rockaways did not know about HR2606 because the bill was magically written, introduced and moved through both houses of Congress and on to the Presidents desk in the time period following Hurricane Sandy while they were in the dark and cold. Of course Maureen Healy of CARP, the Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, the other source absolutely knows that this is not the case. Maureen Healy knows that thousands of people signed petitions and wrote letters against that bill prior to Hurricane Sandy. She may not have run a post card writing campaign against that bill single-handedly like Joe did but she knows very well that the greatest number of people who opposed that bill were Gateway National Recreation Area users.

There isn't a kind way to say this-- Maureen Healy, more often than not, in her activism chooses lies or myth over truth. Al Jazeera's rendition of the rockaway pipeline project is like most renditions--- long on hype and fear and really really short on fact. And that is the most kind thing that can be said about that news article. If Al Jazeera was concerned about getting the facts straight on the Rockaway Pipeline project, the reality is that Peter Moskowitz' entire story would likely need to be retracted. It is that far from the truth.