Tuesday, February 26, 2013

100 People March Against the Tennessee Pipeline

Saturday's March: A Success Among Losses

Milford, PA, February 25 2013 – This past Saturday, February 23, 2013, 100 residents and friends marched against the Tennessee Pipeline across the Milford Bridge, from Milford, PA to Montague, NJ over the Delaware River. 

The march, Milford's first, was organized by the Stop the Tennessee Pipeline! campaign to show opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that will transport shale gas for export and proposed natural gas power plants along the coast. Completion of the pipeline upgrade will almost ensure a full Marcellus Shale development scenario using the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking". Currently, tree clearing is rapidly underway after permission was given by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on February 14. 

The march started at the former Yale Forestry School in Milford where residents boast it is the "Home of the American Conservation Movement".  Marchers then walked across the Milford Bridge to Montague, NJ, near 86 year old George Feighner's home. The right of way adjacent to Feighner's home on his 60-acre property was recently cleared of trees using FERC-granted eminent domain for placement of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  Feigner has been quoted as saying he "cries for his trees."

Milford resident Greg Lotorto said at the pre-march rally, "This fight is just like when Pike County residents fought the Tocks Island Dam from the 1960's through the 1990's, and we won.  We beat the dam.  Now it's our time to beat the Tennessee Gas Pipeline."

The campaign merged local efforts in PA and NJ and is taking place after nearly two years of local political leaders and grassroots opposition in the courts, public comment, and protest. 

On Monday, February 18, Milford resident Alex Lotorto and Vernon NJ resident Allison Petryk locked themselves through a Delaware State Forest gate to block tree crews for two days.

In its most recent iteration, a young man, Gifford Pinchot, has been in a tree stand for six days, blocking trees being cleared along the right of way, and local residents have been rallying in town and monitoring violations by the pipeline company.

Additionally, the Stop the Tennessee Pipeline! campaign held a vigil on Friday evening at 5pm which was well attended.

These actions are part of a campaign opposing the Tennessee Pipeline in the Delaware River Basin.

See our website for live updates: www.NoTennesseePipeline.blogspot.com

Alex Lotorto, Pike County, PA Resident 570-269-9589 / alotorto@gmail.com



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