DEC Says FERC is Wrong on Waiver: Begins Legal Challenge

October 12, 2017: Over 50 Groups and Several Prominent Climate Leaders and Public Figures Urge DEC to Challenge FERC on VLP
 October 13th: BREAKING NEWS DEC FILES REHEARING REQUEST: SAYS FERC WRONG ABOUT WAIVER

Our statement in response:   “Protect Orange County sent Governor Cuomo and the DEC a letter yesterday signed by over 50 community and environmental groups, along with notable climate leaders and public figures urging them to protect our water and maintain state jurisdiction over water quality.  We are pleased that DEC listened to our concerns and is defending the rule of law. We agree that a permitting agency cannot properly review an application if there is missing or incomplete information. The public hearing held by the DEC yielded 6000 comments raising several new concerns about risks to our water supply such as the presence of a toxic chemical dump in the middle of the pipeline alignment. DEC continues to have the right as well as responsibility to ensure that these issues are addressed before any construction activity is allowed to proceed.We also understand how critical water is to our well-being. Today’s filing indicates that they further understand the enormous risks this project poses. We know that this is company with enormous influence, so we commend DEC’s responsiveness to ongoing public concerns.”

Pramilla Malick, Chair Protect Orange County

INTERVENORS BURNS AND PROTECT ORANGE COUNTY/MALICK REPLY TO MILLENNIUM ANSWER IN FERC PROCEEDING.

Statement by POC on FERC’s override of NYS jurisdiction of the lateral pipeline: 

   Many people have been asking us about the recent FERC decision. Below is our statement:

     We’re not surprised by CPV and Millennium’s attempt once again to avoid addressing the impacts to air and water quality. They’ve been getting away with this from the very beginning. However, 6000 comments were submitted to the DEC documenting significant threats to water quality and species habitat from the proposed Valley Lateral Project. DEC took an enormous risk with our water by rejecting the permit on procedural grounds rather than substantive water impacts. Now they have a legal and moral responsibility to defend that decision, immediately request a stay from the appropriate court, and ensure that the rights of New Yorkers are preserved.
     This is now beyond just Orange County and this one project. This is a matter of state’s rights in the face of egregious federal overreach.
     Millennium is seeking to circumvent the state’s authority. Cuomo and the DEC can regain control by rescinding the state permits and pulling the plug on CPV once and for all.
Pramilla Malick, Chair

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS:
THURS OCT 5th OCL Meeting and
TUES OCT 10th Oral Argument for CPV Appeals Case
Contradictions and inconsistencies abound as politicians posture while Millennium and CPV summon FERC to override DEC. What will the State of NY do?  For a more detailed analysis click here.
This is what we must demand from each of these decision makers.
ACTION ALERT: PLEASE MAKE THESE CALLS TODAY
Don’t let Trump’s FERC override New York. Vigorously defend DEC’s denial of the Millennium Valley Lateral Pipeline that would fuel CPV’s fracked-gas power plant. Water quality and greenhouse gas emissions matter! And don’t let CPV finish building while this is in court. Pull the plug on CPV now by issuing a stop work order and rescinding permits. 
Governor Andrew Cuomo
518-474-8390 Twitter: @NYGovCuomo
https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form 
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos 
518-402-8545 basil.seggos@dec.ny.gov Twitter @basilseggos and @NYSDEC 
Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel Thomas Berkman *** (Please email him. He is a key decision maker in this)
518-402-9185 thomas.berkman@dec.ny.gov
Tell them to:  Vigorously defend DEC’s denial of the Millennium Valley Lateral Pipeline that would fuel CPV’s fracked-gas power plant. Water quality and greenhouse gas emissions matter! And don’t let CPV finish building while this is in court. Pull the plug on CPV now by issuing a stop work order and rescinding permits. 
 
AND tell them to: Rescind recent permits for the Millennium Eastern System Upgrade (ESU) that FERC illegally segmented from Valley Lateral. One project feeds the other. It’s the same gas with even greater climate impact.
Then call Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  eric.schneiderman@ag.ny.gov 212-416-8446  
TWITTER: @AGSchneiderman
Tell him to: Vigorously defend DEC’s timely rejection of the Water Quality Certificate for the Millennium Valley Lateral Pipeline, and challenge FERC for failing to address CPV’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Urgent petition to stop ESU: Sign and Share

For a more detailed analysis of current legal and political situation please click here!!

Is the NYT Covering CPV?  Or Just Covering Up?

Is the New York Times covering up for Competitive Power Ventures? Why has there been such little coverage and investigation of a corruption story that reaches the highest level of government in the state of New York?  (more)

 

Calling all Community, Climate, and Water Protectors!!

Please call, write, and tweet Cuomo, Seggos, and Scheniderman every day through August 30. (Tweeting is the most effective, and it is easy to open an account.) Tell them to reject the Valley Lateral Pipeline, Eastern System Upgrade, and Pull the plug on CPV.

Governor Cuomo 518-474-8390 https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form TWITTER: @NYGovCuomo
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman 212-416-8446 eric.schneiderman@ag.ny.gov TWITTER: @AGSchneiderman
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos 518-402-8545 basil.seggos@dec.ny.gov TWITTER @basilseggos and@NYSDEC
You can follow us on twitter and retweet what we post @ProtectOrangeCo @Stop_CPV @PramillaSMalick @Jamesocromwell

Please help us stop the #BlackSnake before its too late. Tell all three to protect our water, our air, and future; and to reject the Valley Lateral Pipeline water permit.

 

CPV Valley Energy Plant: A Climate Emergency!

The comments of Cornell University professors Dr. Ingrassia and Dr. Howard can be found at 4:33 and 8:34 respectively. In Dr. Howard’s commentary, he provides an overview on alternative energy sources that are available in New York State. Dr. Ingrassia provides additional details on the negative consequences of the CPV plant.

***E-mail ALL COMMENTS regarding water quality permits to stopcpv@gmail.com***

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TRUMP FIRES U.S. ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA: In the Middle oF CPV related investigation Here’s WHY!

URGENT ACTION!! VALENTINES WEEK PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND TELL HIM TO LOVE ORANGE COUNTY, LOVE NEW YORK AND REJECT THE VALLEY LATERAL PIPELINE, THE LAST COMPONENT OF THE CPV VALLEY POWER PLANT.

Millennium Pipeline a lawless and rogue pipeline operator owned by TransCanada, is seeking to take advantage of the current chaos at FERC by requesting a “Notice To Proceed” to begin tree cutting along the Valley Lateral path though they DO NOT yet have all of their permits. This is a complete violation of the law. Please call Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, and tell them to defend the law and Orange County.  Please tell them to reject the water permit for the Valley Lateral Pipeline and shut down this power plant built on bribery, once and for all.

Governor Cuomo now 518-474-8390 
Attorney General Eric Scheniderman 212 416-8446
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos 518-402-8545

Then download this Valentines Card (Click HERE) and mail to Governor Cuomo, which tells him to, Love Orange County. Don’t Frack It Up.

Mail to:  Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of NYS, Capitol Building, Albany NY 12224

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS!! CPV INDICTMENT: Not victimless crime says community

SePt 22,2016

The indictment of aides close to Governor Cuomo and Competitive Power Ventures executive Galbraith Kelly validates what residents of Orange County New York have long suspected, that the CPV Valley Power Plant and its related facilities would never have been approved absent undue influence. “When you look at all the public health impacts and environmental conditions that were systematically ignored there is only one conclusion, that there were other motivations and incentives at play,” said Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County, a local organization that has been opposing the project for several years. The group has been urging Governor Cuomo to shut the project down immediately pending the investigation, but those pleas have also been ignored by the Cuomo administration which announced its own investigation several months ago. (More)

Letter TO DNC Platform committee:

Our Children Matter!

How Far Do You live from cpv – click here to find out 

(This interactive map shows every home within 30 miles of the plant in New York State)

VIGIL TO STOP CPV AT CUOMO’s DOORSTEP WITH FAITH BASED LEADERS SUNDAY JULY 10 6:30 PM

Join us as we invoke the Pope’s encyclical Ladauto Si and pray for Governor Cuomo to find the courage to save New Yorkers and the planet by stopping the dangerous AIM Pipleine and CPV Power Plant and that he shuts down Indian Point without any increased gas dependency in our state.

LIVE STREAMING TOWNHALL TUESDAY JUNE 7, 5:00-7:00 PM. Click now for video message from James Cromwell

www.quantumsurgemedia.com/wakeupandsmellthegas/

Please be patient we may be a few minutes late.

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771591213077016/

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BREAKING NEWS!! FEDS INVESTIGATING CPV & CUOMO

http://www.pacificpressagency.com/galleries/10188/cpv-valley-plant-federal-probe-aided-by-residents

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DOCUMENT DELIVERY TO U.S. ATTORNEY

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_Ujbyr-GYMXQUdWN2U2MEVlUVk/view?usp=sharing

PRESS CONFERENCES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY MAY 7TH PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:45 AM In front of the CPV site Featuring Dennis Kucninch

We encourage the media to visit the site to see the magnitude of the destruction already caused.

GPS Address 3300 Route 6 Middletown NY.

WEDNESDAY MAY 4  In front of office of Preet Bharara

1 St. Andrews Plaza  NYC 2:00 PM

ALBANY – Thursday May 5 2016 at Noon

New York State Capitol, State Street Entrance

http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/maryland-firm-acknowledges-being-contacted-in-federal-probe-1.11753878   In our opinion Tom Rumsey himself should be investigated going directly from NYISO  to join CPV after having secured the New Capacity Market for CPV to benefit from.

See our response here!

http://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-prosecutors-investigate-people-close-to-governor-over-buffalo-project-1461969654

below is the critical excerpt

The companies in question, these people said, are Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC and COR Development Co. LLC. A spokesman for CPV couldn’t be reached for comment Friday; a spokeswoman for COR didn’t provide a comment.

Mr. Percoco’s work with CPV was related in particular to the company’s plans to build a power plant in the Hudson Valley, one person said, a matter that required layers of approvals from the state. Mr. Percoco earned tens of thousands of dollars from CPV as a consultant, this person said.

CPV has announced plans to build a natural gas-powered electrical generating facility in the Lower Hudson Valley. 

 

 

http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/04/26/20160426mock-marriage-pairs-cpv-politicians/

http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/09/fracked-gas-power-plant-cpv/

PRAMILLA MALICK AND JAMES CROMWELL ON WAMC ROUNDTABLE 1/13/16   Click here to listen


http://wamc.org/post/former-congressman-kucinich-speaks-forum-cpv-power-plant#stream/1