CRACK FERC OPEN JUNE 23-25 IN DC: The time is now to escalate!
Our communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. Communities in the way of proposed new pipelines, compressor stations, storage and export facilities face toxic industrialization, eminent domain abuse, air, land and water pollution, and threats to health and safety. And our disrupted climate can only heal when jobs-creating renewable energy and energy efficiency have displaced fossil fuels, and people power has displaced corporate power.
For decades FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has supported the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear industries. It has rubber stamped virtually all gas pipeline permit applications. FERC has confronted us and the rest of the country with a rigid, unified and punitive refusal to listen to grassroots concerns about communicide and climate change. This has led to a massive build-out of fracked gas infrastructure in many parts of the country, with all of the disruption and danger that come with it.
Recently, though, things are changing. Despite the Trump Administration’s full-throttle efforts to keep fossil fuel empires going, many cracks in their foundations have been appearing:
**Industry leaders are openly upset about the grassroots actions that have affected their plans.
**State and federal courts are beginning to delay or challenge FERC permits, efforts to subvert state powers over air and water quality, eminent domain abuse and actual pipeline construction.
**Fracked gas prices are so low that some companies have gone bankrupt, while costs are increasing. Trump’s steel tariffs are hurting the pipeline industry.
**A broad range of groups are working together to get banks to stop financing extreme energy.
**Wind, solar and renewable storage technologies continue to grow, as low prices make them much more attractive, and this is happening worldwide.
**2017 was the first year ever that both coal and gas declined in the electric power sector.
**Several states have stopped the construction of new gas-fired power plants, and resistance against them nationally is a big worry to the gas industry.
There are even cracks appearing at FERC: Commissioners voting unanimously to reject Rick Perry’s push to further subsidize coal and nukes; voting, because of a court decision, to end a substantial tax break for pipeline companies; new Democratic commissioner Richard Glick issuing several strong dissents on pipeline permit applications; and there have been other dissents too. These can greatly help court challenges.
It is time to escalate at FERC. BXE is planning three days of sharing/training, art-building and action from June 23-25, beginning the morning of Saturday, June 23.
On June 23, we will take part in the D.C. national action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). This will be the last of 40 days of action the PPC is organizing around the country. Following the demonstration, we will gather in the late afternoon for a time of sharing, art-building and getting prepared for action at FERC and elsewhere the morning of Monday, June 25. We will spend all-day Sunday continuing that preparation and community-building.
We urge you to sign up for this convergence and action here. It’s time to Crack FERC Open!
(Note: An OVEC volunteer is joining planning calls for this event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in going to D.C. with OVEC as part of this BXE weekend.)
Take e-action now: Sign on to this letter to FERC.