Sign here to support the Rubber Stamp Rebellion - a massive week of action this May to stop rubber-stamping gas industry permit applications and prioritize wind, solar and other renewables above fossil fuels. Tell FERC: No New Permits!
In 2014, 46 fossil fuel pipelines were proposed or approved at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),1 sparking a wave of backlash as communities from coast to coast fought eminent domain for private gain, worried about spills and leaks, and opposed construction of all this climate-killing infrastructure. By 2015, FERC had approved or considered 84 additional pipelines for fracked gas and extreme energy.1
Maybe FERC thought they were just following orders and there would be little to no retribution -- but what they got was a people powered, grassroots rebellion. Outraged that FERC is running roughshod over local property owners' rights and threatening our climate with all this extreme energy infrastructure -- the Rubber Stamp Rebellion has begun. And this new American revolution has already seen some early victories:
- The Blue Grass Pipeline: Stopped;2
- The Palmetto Pipeline: One year moratorium;3
- The Penn East Pipeline: Delayed more than eight months;4
- The Atlantic Sunrise project: Delayed more than eight months.4
- Jordan Cove: Permit denied, pending new information.5
Filmmaker Josh Fox said, “Everyone I know is fighting a pipeline or a compressor station or a power plant that is in front of FERC for approval. It is clear to me that FERC has to be the most destructive agency in the United States right now;"6 If you agree with Fox, sign here to support the Rubber Stamp Rebellion in D.C. from May 15-22.
This week, the Rebellion was in New York asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to protect NY from fracked gas pipelines like he's protected it from fracking. As Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum said at that event, "When somebody says 'F-you,' you know they're trying to deliver a message of aggression ... When the pipeline companies say it, they say 'FERC-you!' FERC you means I'm going to take your land, I'm going to pollute your air ... I'm going to take your front yards and your back years and your peace of mind. I'm going to devastate your forests and destroy your wetlands, I'm going to carve up your creeks and inject them with pollution. And I'm going to submit critical areas of your watershed to devastating harm."7
That's why Beyond Extreme Energy and frontline groups around the country are working together to fight FERC. Our escalating monthly disruptions at FERC Commissioners meetings have already received national attention in the New York Times and beyond.8 Now, we're planning a massive week of action to let FERC know that we will not stop protesting, rallying and rebelling until they stop being a rubber stamp agency under the control of the fossil fuel industry!
But we can't make this work without broad support from all the fractivists and pipeline fighters. Just like it took all of us working together to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline by Presidential decree; it will take all of us, everywhere, to stand up together if we're going to lead a rebellion that will stop fossil fuel pipelines from coast to coast. Sign here to get started and support our fight, we need you!
Drew and the Rubber Stamp Rebel Alliance at Environmental Action
1 - Tom Pawlicki, FERC deference to pipeline operators seen contributing to overbuild, SNL, March 24, 2016
2 - Elijah McKenzie, Interview: Sellus Wilder on how grassroots activism helped stop the Bluegrass Pipeline, Broken Sidewalk, March 18, 2016
3 - Phil McKenna, Property Rights Outcry Stops Billion-Dollar Pipeline Project in Georgia, Inside Climate News, April 1, 2016
4 - Elizabeth Skrapits, FERC postpones decisions on two gas pipeline projects, Citizens Voice, April 1, 2016
5 - Geoffrey Riley, FERC Denies Permits For Jordan Cove, LNG Pipeline, Jefferson Public Radio, March 11, 2016
- Dan Healing, Veresen signs Jordan Cove LNG buyer but FERC approvals still not certain, Calgary Herald, March 22, 20161
6 - BXE, Filmmaker Josh Fox and six others arrested at pancake-cooking action at FERC, March 24, 2016
7 - Delaware Riverkeeper, Albany "Stop the Pipelines" Rally highlights, Youtube, April 6, 2016
8 - John Schwartz, Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results, The New York Times, March 19, 2016