Rally Before Rockaway Pipeline FERC Hearing

BREAKING: Summer Pipeline Construction at Rockaway???
Not this Summer!
Not in our Ocean! Not under our Beach!

Pipeline company Williams Transco says it will build this Summer!
To lay the pipeline, they plan to trench the ocean floor off Riis Beach, stirring up sediment—lots of sand for sure & most likely long-buried toxins along with it.

All along Williams Transco said this work would be done during winter, when marine populations are low and no one is at the beach.
Yet now, they make this stunning announcement!...and it comes 2 weeks after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published its draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS).
Join us at a Rally on Tuesday, and public hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday !
Say No!

Tuesday, October 22nd
6pm Rally ... 7pm Public Hearing
Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90th St Rockaway

October 23, 2013
Aviator Sports & Events Center3159 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234

Getting there by public transportation:
To get to 333 Beach 90th Street:
Take the A to Broad Channel where (on the same platform) you switch to the S train to Beach 90th Street in Rockaway. The Knights of Columbus is one block north toward the bay.
To get to Aviator Sports Center:
Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, then Q35 bus south (stops across the street).

Updates to our talking points for comment at the hearings follow:

1. Transco plans to trench the ocean floor this Spring and Summer.
On October 18, 2013--two weeks after the dEIS was published--Transco submitted 543 pages of additional information. Transco plans to trench the ocean floor off Riis Beach this Summer. All the sampling and counting of marine animals was done during low-count Winter months. This new information is not the information on which FERC relied when writing the dEIS.

2. Was this project segmented to avoid review?
The Rockaway Lateral Delivery Project under FERC review has 2 parts: 1) a 3.2-mile pipeline that would be trenched into the ocean floor and run beneath Riis Beach in Queens, and 2) a Metering & Regulating Station to be built in historic hangars at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. But there is a 1.6-mile gap between those 2 pieces of the project.
This summer, National Grid “bridged” that future gap with their Brooklyn-Queens Interconnect (B-QI), Phase I. Because the B-QI has been falsely categorized as a local distribution pipe, National Grid was allowed to construct it under the Rockaway Inlet—through the Special Natural Waterfront Area and Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat of Jamaica Bay—without any environmental review.
In 2012 the EPA advised FERC in its review: “A comprehensive evaluation of cumulative, indirect and secondary impacts should be presented. The cumulative impacts analysis should consider the environmental impacts of the National Grid pipeline, without which the Rockaway Delivery Lateral would not be constructed.” And federal case law says a project cannot be segmented so as to avoid review. FERC has ignored the EPA advice and the law. FERC should include a comprehensive evaluation of the cumulative impacts of the entire project—including the National Grid pipeline—in its environmental review.

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