A demonstration got under way Tuesday afternoon outside the New York City office U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The protesters want the senator to take a stand on a compressor station already up and running in their Orange County hamlet.
Opponents of the Minisink compressor station, which was built on a residential road in the Hamlet of Westtown, traveled to midtown Manhattan Tuesday to urge Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to break her silence. Asha Canalos is with the group “Stop the Minisink Compressor Station,” and one of those demonstrating.
Millennium Pipeline Company has written to a federal agency asking to put a compressor station in New York’s Orange County into service.
Rockland County-based Millennium is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, permission to start the Minisink natural gas compressor station in a few weeks. Steve Sullivan is a spokesman for Millennium.
Representatives from grassroots groups across several states will be in Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend a public meeting of a federal commission. They will also be there to protest what they call the agency’s rubber-stamping of natural-gas infrastructure projects.
The Day of Action comes under the banner of “We the People Matter ”, a new organization, and web site, that connects several grassroots groups that Asha Canalos says are fighting similar battles – the agency’s track record of approving natural-gas infrastructure projects despite citizen opposition.
The U.S. Court of Appeals has issued two decisions in relation to the Minisink natural-gas compressor station in Orange County. The compressor station is being constructed in an area where many 9/11 first responders reside.
Some residents in a western Orange County town gathered over the weekend for a rally, in protest of the ongoing construction of a natural-gas compressor station. The station is being built to increase the capacity of a natural gas pipeline heading towards New York City.