From our friends at Stop the Algonquin Pipeline:
We need ALL HANDS ON DECK NOW to tell the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to strengthen their proposed oil and gas air emissions regulations for fossil fuel infrastructure in New York State! While we continue to strive for a complete ban on fracked gas and all associated infrastructure, it’s imperative for the DEC to urgently address the serious climate pollution and toxic air emissions that are unnecessarily released from the existing fossil fuel infrastructure across New York.
Please register to attend one or both of this Tuesday’s hearings, and if you want to testify, you must indicate that on your registration by this morning at 10 am, Monday, July 19! Click here to Sign up to attend the DEC online public hearing on July 20th at 2 pm or 6 pm – tomorrow!
Click here to submit an automated letter or send your own comment by email to [email protected] by 5 pm on July 26, 2021. Attached are important Talking Points from Earthworks and Clean Air Council that you can add to your letter to the DEC. Please also consider adding these points below to your testimony and written comments:
– Require Lowest Achievable Emissions Rate (LAER) technology at all new and existing oil and gas infrastructure facilities including those not designated under Title V requirements or not located within non-attainment areas
– Require compliance of these regulations by non-combustion emission sources and those considered exempt in DEC regulations
– Maintain compressors at pipeline pressure where applicable to reduce the potential for gas leakage
– Require publicly accessible real-time continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for PM 2.5 (particulate matter) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) at leak-prone facilities and large facilities, including but not limited to all compressor stations
To learn more, you can watch the webinar hosted by Clean Air Council and Earthworks on July 14: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13aISmjVGW9OMgRju_dwVLrRn5vey6Ltg/view?usp=sharing
Organizations can sign onto a forthcoming letter with technical comments which will be made available closer to the comment deadline of July 26.
We need all hands on deck now to demand that DEC promulgate the most rigorous air emissions regulations possible to dramatically cut toxic air emissions and climate pollution in New York!
Suzannah Glidden, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) Co-Founder
Amy Rosmarin, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) Co-Founder
Susan Van Dolsen, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) Co-Founder
Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education, SAPE Co-Founder