Our partners at Sustainable Medina County have been BUSY fighting the pipeline and getting signatures for the county charter. Here is a rundown from them on related news and events from the last couple of weeks:
Our partners are Sustainable Medina County are hard at work as usual. Here is what they're up to and how you can help:
Help us in our fight to stop this pipeline altogether.
Many communities along the routes of proposed pipelines are initiating a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS, which would give the people living there a voice and a right to be heard.
This pipeline is a high pressure TRANSPORT line that will not benefit anyone in Medina County. We are taking on considerable risk, with no benefits. Corporate profits is the only motive. The more pipelines, the more frenetic fracking in our state.
When you see a petition for a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS, please sign it, so that this issue can be placed on the ballot in November!
For more information, please go to:
sustainablemedinacounty.org or NoNexus.org
Another note from our partners at Sustainable Medina County:
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is planning to schedule hearings that would install Donald Trump's nominees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
FERC is currently unable to approve fracked gas pipelines and LNG export facilities because they don't have a legal quorum (enough members).
Call your representatives to ask that they oppose these hearings so that further pipeline development is avoided.
For more information, see the following post from Beyond Extreme Energy:
Image courtesy of EcoWatch, http://www.ecowatch.com/green-lawsuit-nexus-pipeline-2392368568.html
Our partners at Sustainable Medina County alerted us to an update on the Nexus Pipeline. A group of 60 people in three counties have filed a lawsuit to stop the pipeline.
You can learn more in the article in the Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/14/Lawsuit-aims-to-stop-NEXUS-pipeline.html
by Mosie Welch
National Monuments at risk and the comment period for the Newly minted Bears Ears is only 15 days beginning with May 12, 2017. Below are links with outlining each monument, Where to comment online and via mail. The Department of the Interior Notice of Open Period for Comments is an unprecedented attack on numerous monuments that is deauthorized will open the door to commercial and corporate plundering of significant cultural, historical, and natural resources. ALERT: Notice Bears ears has a 15 day comment period. DO NOT DELAY you comments. All others monuments have a 60 day comment period.
DOI Press Release, Monuments Under Review: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-list-monuments-under-review-announces-first-ever-formal
From the DOI Press Release: Comments may be submitted online after May 12 at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
DATES: The Department will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register officially opening the public comment period. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted within 15 days of publication of that notice. Written comments relating to all other designations subject to Executive Order 13792 must be submitted within 60 days of that date.
An overview of information related to monument review: http://www.grindtv.com/nature/public-comment-period-for-review-of-national-monuments-starts-may-12/#VoUqfDdQptMe2Jpt.97
Department of the Interior Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment – link to the comment docket: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOI-2017-0002
What do I say in my comment:
When officials review public comment, they are required to consider a broad range of impacts – environmental, cultural, historic use, emotional ties, and the greater good to name a few. Your comments ARE PUBLIC and may be used in any law suit brought against the United States to prevent the deauthorization of the monuments. Each comment is read and cataloged. I urge you to consider the monuments of concern to you and make comment on why you feel they should remain protected public lands. Consider why these lands belong to American people and impact there will be if they are deauthorized. What will we lose? What about the monument is unique and provides the American people with a tie to the past, preserves a unique environment or habitat, or a range of cultural/historical resources and ties to a community or past. Do not be afraid to share a unique perspective.
A brief and local example of what can stop a government program. When Cuyahoga Valley National Park first wanted to manage the deer population with a reduction by sharpshooters they held a public comment period on the reduction plan and alternatives for reduction. When determining the plan they did not consider a mitigation or education plan for the emotional impact reduction would have on citizens in the area that were against the reduction. The park was taken to court and the lack of consideration of emotional impact was used to stop the reduction of the deer population. It was 15 years before the park decided to revisit the reduction of the deer herd by sharp shooting.
Our members have been busy lately protesting and rallying and the local media has been taking notice. Here are a few of the recent headlines:
"Healthcare Vote Protested." The Die-In at Renacci's office on Saturday, May 7th made the front page of the Wadsworth Gazette. See page 32 for the complete story. http://html5.pagesuite.com/preview/postnewspapers/default.aspx?pubname=Wadsworth%20Post&pubid=20713639-e91a-4e61-9fa5-d0bd095f727f
"Rep. Renacci's Health Care Vote Protested." The Medina Gazette covered the Die-In on Wednesday, May 10th. While the article comes acrossed biased in favor of Renacci, our own Mary Luebke does a nice job of voicing our concerns. http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/10/Rep-Renacci-39-s-health-care-vote-protested.html
"Area Residents Rallied Against Healthcare Bill." The Canton Repository covered the rally and speeches at the City Council meeting urging members to approve a resolution calling on the Senate to preserve the Affordable Care Act. http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20170508/area-activists-rallied-against-gop-health-care-bill
"Grave concerns: Trumpcare opponents stage Norwalk "die-in" with simulated cemetery". The Norwalk Reflector covered the Die-In outside Jim Jordan's office. http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Health-Care/2017/05/10/Grave-Concerns-Trumpcare-opponents-stage-die-in
"Protesters stage "Die-In" in front of Rep. Jordan's Norwalk office." The Sandusky Register also covered the protest at Jim Jordan's Office. http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201705090031
Video of protest at Representative Latta's office in Bowling Green. The Sentinel Tribune shared the video on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/286310076720/videos/10154326993846721/
"Rally focuses on Pipeline, Environment." The Medina Gazette covered the climate march in the Medina Square on April 29th. http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/04/30/Rally-focuses-on-pipeline-environment.html
Great job! Keep up the good work!
Have you seen other news covering our events? Share the link in the comments!
Fifty people of all ages stood for two hours in the pouring rain on Medina Public Square today as part of the nationwide People's Climate March to voice their concerns about global climate change and the damage that it is already causing the environment. Although many were residents of Medina County, others traveled from Mansfield, Westlake and Euclid to be a part of this "Sister March".
Many of those in attendance also mentioned their concerns about the NEXUS Pipeline and compressor station and how that "corporate industry" will affect the health, safety and environment of Medina County residents and other residents throughout Ohio. Some of the major concerns around the pipeline include:
Even though the weather was uncooperative, there were no complaints and the chants continued and when the march concluded, the highly energized group got together at Cool Beans to connect, warm up and sign the Medina County Charter/Bill of Rights petition. All in all a very good day!
For more information about the march and some great pictures, see the article in The Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/04/30/Rally-focuses-on-pipeline-environment.html
For further information as to how you can sign the Charter/Bill of Rights petition, please leave your contact information at the website sustainablemedinacounty.org
Here's a note from one of our partners, Sustainable Medina County. Their mission is to "...protect Medina County’s environment to ensure a healthy ecosystem for today’s residents and future generations."
At our meeting on April 17th we heard updates on the NEXUS and ROVER pipelines. Since we are in the second week of obtaining signatures for the Medina County/Bill of Rights initiative petition, discussion was had on the need for more circulators training new circulators. We need 5,000 valid signatures by Medina County registered voters.
Petition Circulators do not have to reside in Medina County.
The next meeting for the group is scheduled for May 1st at 6:30pm at Wadsworth Buehler’s Community Room (175 Great Oaks Trail) and all who want further updates on the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station or are interested in helping circulate petitions are welcome to attend. The proposed Medina County Charter can be found on the Sustainable Medina County website link: sustainablemedinacounty.org.
We recently organized with Medina County Together the Medina County People’s Climate March and it is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th from noon to 2pm on Medina Public Square (S. Court and W. Washington St.). All are to meet by the water fountain and are encouraged to bring signs.