Monday, October 13, 2014

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


 http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2014/10/activists-protestpipelineinnynationalpark.html 

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.


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