Today at 1 pm the three returned to Seneca Lake to talk about their experiences. "I come out reforged and rejuvenated for the fight ahead," said Steingraber. Seneca Lake serves as a drinking water source for 100,000 people. Inergy's project puts that at risk: risk of leaks, risk of explosions, risks of air pollutants. Furthermore, the company is not in compliance and has experienced two brine spills in the past three years. "But I don't see anyone from Inergy wearing an orange jump suit!"
All three were arrested from trespassing when they protested in March against Inergy's planned storage plant. But, who are the trespassers here? they asked. The people who live in this community? Or an out-of-town company that hides crucial information and engages in bad (polluting) behavior?
The three protesters, part of a larger group calling themselves the Seneca 12, tried all legal channels they could to halt what they see as a travesty happening on the lake. And once you've followed all those avenues and had no answers, what's left? asked Steingraber.
Dineen, an organic farmer, sees himself as just an ordinary person. We can write letters, he said, attend rallies, make comments. But when these don't work we have to turn to blunt instruments, like standing in front of a gate. "I'm going to defend my land, my family, and my granddaughter's future," he said.
I too thought I was going to be able to defend my home. Not so. And now I am engaged in an effort to open a dialogue with the gas companies that have flocked to my county and yes I am seen as a traitor now. I do not have the luxury of saying no. They are here more and more every day. If one compressor station is soundproofed or one more emission control installed it is a win for me, us. We have to face the reality of where we are and what we can possibly do to make a difference. I am so very proud of these people who stood so firm. NY must keep saying No. There is no maybe. There is no one little well. It is massive and total. Just say no and when you can't, do what ever you can to lessen the carnage. VictoriaReplyDelete
It is so disheartening to hear what is really going on. I wish all the pro-gas people in my town would get off the road, open their car windows, and stay awhile to hear, smell, see what it is truly like for you. I am so sorry that you have to suffer.Delete
yes, who are the real "trespassers" and invaders?ReplyDelete
we know who they are! Our government has given the gas industry all kinds of exemptions to commit their crimes against humanity! In Pa., our Constitution guarantees us clean air and pure water and it's being trampled on--
Keep following the trucks with your video camera, keep documenting the county boards and town boards. Thank you for all the work you are doing to document what is really going on.Delete
Thank you for such a great report on today's events. To learn more about the gas storage facility that we are fighting, please fo to: www.gasfreeseneca.comReplyDelete