The women ranging from ages 21 to 75, will sit outside the office on a water-only hunger strike from 7am-7pm each day, until a decision is made on the pipeline. Sane Energy Project, NYU Divest and Rockaway Women for Progress are the initiators of this action, and are seeing a growing list of supporters.
WHY: New York State must make a decision to deny or approve a permit for the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline by May 16. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved permits for the pipeline on May 3, and declined to take greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts into account. New York State can now only deny the pipeline with the 401 Water Quality Certificate as granted by the Federal Clean Water Act.
Since FERC will not take climate impacts into account, despite dissent by one of its commissioners, and New York State is limited to only one water permit to approve or deny interstate fracked gas pipelines, the women say they are participating in the hunger strike as it is the final days for New York to decide, and no decision has been made yet. Their concern being two other pipelines in New York State, The Northern Access Pipeline in Western New York, and the Valley Lateral Pipeline in Orange Co., New York were both overturned by federal court because the Cuomo administration did not declare water permit denials in a timely manner.
The hunger-strikers say that the Williams NESE pipeline New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania waters, and our health, safety, democracy, and climate.
Please add your name and organization to a growing list of supporters.