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Thanks to all who signed our holiday Grinch card to NYSEG CEO Mark Lynch, saying NO to the West Dryden Road Pipeline. We collected hundreds of signatures!
Now we are blasting another message to NYSEG and the Public Service Commission. This time it’s a massive postcard campaign. Same message: no to their fracked gas pipeline, yes to energy alternatives.
PLEASE CLICK TO SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION OPPOSING THE PIPELINE. It will only take a minute of your time. We’ll send it to both NYSEG and the PSC.
Thanks for being with us on this,
Tompkins County Residents Against the West Dryden Road Pipeline
Interview on Eco-Defense Radio
Great interview with Pat Dubin and Chuck Geisler on WFRI's Eco-Defense Radio on January 31, 2017. Pat and Chuck talk about the campaign to stop the West Dryden Rd pipeline.
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Good opinion piece in Ithaca Journal
What Aesop teaches us about NYSEG initiative
Published 10:45 a.m. ET Jan. 5, 2017 | Updated 11:17 a.m. ET Jan. 5, 2017
Aesop was right. He shared the story of an ass who found a lion's skin, put it on, and seemed invincible to others in his village. But when he brayed, everyone recognized him, and his owner beat him for the fright he had caused. A fox approached the ass and said, “I knew you by your voice." Aesop’s moral: Looks may disguise, but silly words disclose the truth.
NYSEG recently found a new skin in which to dress in Tompkins County. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: the Energy Smart Community initiative. Herein, NYSEG will upgrade its grid investments and “engage customers to make them empowered and active in our ‘energy ecosystem.’”
But then there’s the real voice of NYSEG, telling us that it must simultaneously build a pipeline to bring fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to serve the expanding energy needs of Tompkins County. This is confusing, even contradictory. Which is the real voice of NYSEG?
If NYSEG wants to build real energy smart communities in its service area, it would speak with one voice rather than two. This voice would support the 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, using primarily local renewables, and demand reduction. And it would take the lead in New York state’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.
There is no doubt that energy-smart communities are needed across America and beyond. Iberdrola (NYSEG’s international parent company) is the largest owner and operator of renewable energy facilities in the world and a leader in utility innovation.
Yet NYSEG, its prodigal child, is sending us a truly mixed message. Smart electricity meters, new websites and energy efficiency services are all welcome. But if NYSEG were promoting real energy-smart and sustainable communities, it would park its natural gas pipeline.
Charles Geisler is an Ithaca resident.
Don’t Be A Grinch, NYSEG CEO Lynch
Hundreds of signatures!
Click on thumbnails to the right to see the whole card
December 14, 2016
Don’t Be A Grinch, NYSEG CEO Lynch
DRYDEN, NY That is the message on the cover of a holiday greeting card delivered yesterday by pipeline opponents to NYSEG’s CEO, Mark Lynch, urging him to look for alternatives to the proposed West Dryden Road pipeline. The card, although written in lighthearted Dr. Seuss style verse, delivered a serious message about mounting opposition to the pipeline, and concern for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
NYSEG has proposed to install a seven mile-long, ten-inch diameter gas pipeline through Dryden, the town made famous for their local law to ban fracking, which was upheld by New York’s highest court.
“This is the town that stood up against the gas industry and won,” said Linda Parks, a resident on West Dryden Road and member of the West Dryden Residents Against the Pipeline. “That NYSEG has threatened to use eminent domain to cram a new gas pipeline down our throats shows they still don’t get it. NYSEG should not underestimate the resolve of the people in this community. We’re serious about fighting climate change.”
The card says, in part: “So don't take our land by eminent domain /To put in a pipe full of globe-warming methane. / If this pipeline goes in at your company's insistence / Be aware that your efforts will be met with resistance.”
At least half of the 100 property owners in the pipeline’s route have refused to sign NYSEG's easement. If constructed, the pipeline would result in enough emissions to prevent Tompkins County from reaching its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goal of 50%.
In just 4 days, the card garnered over 600 signatures from people across Tompkins County. In a related action, on Saturday more than 50 residents gathered at NYSEG's Ithaca offices on a cold snowy morning for a group photo which was included with the card.
“Local developers have already shown that renewable energy and heat pumps can replace gas. Look at Cornell and their new Maplewood housing complex. Why NYSEG can't catch on to what we want in Tompkins County is beyond me,” said Joseph Wilson, a card signer and Dryden resident.
“NYSEG and Avangrid, join us in unity! / We want to be an energy smart community! / To protect the earth's future we must all do our part;/ Pipeline alternatives are a great way to start!” the card continues.
If a move toward renewable energy and alternative technologies is to come, it might be through the efforts of County's Energy and Economic Development Task Force which has met twice with Public Service Commission representatives since this summer.
CONTACT: Linda Parks, West Dryden Residents Against the Pipeline
Don’t rush into signing away easement rights to your property until you get all the information you need about the possible risks and future impacts on your land, your NYSEG bills, and our community.
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Several of us along the road who are deeply concerned about this pipeline hired attorney Vinton Stevens in 2015 to help parse Dryden Town Law to understand whether it and proposed zoning changes would adequately protect us and the Town. He found problems with changes and problems with the proposed pipeline in the context of Town law - read the full Read the full Memorandum of law by attorney Vinton Stevens.