Milford, PA, February 19 2012 – Neighboring Orange County, NY resident Gifford Pinchot, has erected a tree stand to prevent the designated clear cutting required to for construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Upgrade between Foster Hill and Cummings Hill roads.
Pinchot is currently in the tree stand as tree crews cut toward him going east from Foster Hill Rd. The Northeast Upgrade would transport additional Marcellus Shale gas west to east from hydraulically fractured wells along Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. Hydrofracking, or fracking, has become a controversial method of extracting natural gas due to its reputation for contaminating local waterways, dangerously disposing of ‘frack’ waste, and other social, economic, and environmental concerns.
Pinchot said, “I’m concerned that the TGP ‘s project is set to go through six sensitive wetlands on its way to Cummins Hill, clearing through mature forest and important ecological habitat, including endangered species.” Cummins Hill is a cultural icon for Milford, being home to at least one bald eagle’s nest as well as being an economic resource for ecotourism. Pinchot added his frustration with the statement, “These gas executives just want to extract from our communities- take what they can and leave us to deal with ecological devastation.”
Simultaneously a large banner reading, “No Pipeline!” in bold black and red lettering was dropped in solidarity, over the interstate 84 overpass on Cummins Hill Rd to display support for the blockades that have been ongoing since Monday. A lock down on Monday and Tuesday to a Delaware State Forest gate that blocked access to the slated clearcut is now in it’s third day with Alex Lotorto and Cornelia Pinochot. Trained Emergency Medical Technicians are on site for both actions.
These actions are part of a campaign opposing the Tennessee Pipeline in the Delaware River Basin. The direct action campaign is taking place after nearly two years of local political leaders and grassroots opposition in the courts, public comment, and protest.
This week will culminate with family friendly events, including a vigil on Friday at 5PM at the traffic light in Milford (intersection of Broad and Harford, also Rte 6 and Rte 209, where the Yale School of Forestry was founded and a sidewalk march Saturday afternoon from the Milford traffic light across the Milford Bridge, over the Delaware River, to Montague NJ. All are welcome to attend.
Today at 1pm-3pm Delaware River Keeper is hosting a public meet-up at the Water Wheel Cafe in Milford to help residents watchdog TGP Pipeline tree-clearing activities. Volunteer monitors are continuing to hike along the clearcut right of way to document violations.
Stop the Tennessee Pipeline participants will be attending the Pike County Commissioners meeting at 9AM to thank them for their opposition to Loop 323 and to ask for their support for the direct actions currently taking place.
See our website for live updates: www.NoTennesseePipeline.blogspot.com