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Front-Page, Lead-Story Coverage for our Kill the Dominion New Market Pipeline Campaign/More Than 300 Personalized Letters Sent/"Very High Level of Calls" Reported by Governor's Staff

Use this Quick Action Guide to Kill the $158 Million Dominion New Market Pipeline. If this fossil fuel monstrosity is approved, it could set a precedent for more than a dozen other natural gas and petroleum infrastructure projects proposed in New York.

We only need 20 more signatories to reach 1,000. Please sign our new: Coalition Letter Which Requests That Governor Cuomo Adopt a Statewide Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

Greetings,

Our Dominion New Market Pipeline Campaign just received huge lead-story, front-page coverage in today's Ithaca Journal. In the last couple of days, our campaign also was reported in The Elmira Star Gazette, the Ithaca Times and on WRFI Eco Defense Radio.

Many thanks to these hard-working journalists. See news summary: Kill the New Market Pipeline Campaign's Media Coverage

Keep Deluging Governor Cuomo With Letters and Calls.

Fractivists have sent more than 300 personalized letters to the Governor. That is incredibly great work. See powerful excerpts below.

Ignore bounce alerts. We are making sure that every one of your letters is forwarded despite administration roadblocks.

Keeping writing using this self-explanatory letter to require Governor Cuomo to DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certifications required for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects to be built.

Please fill in the blanks in the form letter. Expound on your thoughts. Be your eloquent best.

Inform the Governor who you are and why you matter. Spell out academic and professional credentials you worked so hard to earn. Identify groups you represent. If you have been his supporter, tell him so. Promise to hold him accountable if he does not fulfill your respectful request.

The Governor's staff reports a "very high level of calls." That is music to our ears.

Keep smiling and dialing. Bombard Governor Cuomo with calls during business hours at 518 474 8390.

A. Request that Governor Cuomo DENY the New Market Section 401 Water Quality Certification because DEC's spill data document Dominion's existing pipeline and compressor stations caused extensive toxic contamination and water pollution hazards that often were not cleaned up to state standards.

See contamination profiles: Dominion Pipeline (earlier known as CNG) spills

B. Tell the Governor he cannot be considered a climate change leader if he approves more pipelines and other infrastructure projects that perpetuate New York's addiction to fossil fuels for decades to come.

C. Request that Governor Cuomo adopt a moratorium on approvals for all proposed pipelines, power plants, storage facilities and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

Conclusion

Drop everything and require the Governor to DENY the Section 401 Water required for New Market and many other projects to be built.

Give it all that you have got. The energy fate of New York and Pennysylvania hangs in the balance. We must prevent new pipelines, power plants and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects from being built.

Gain inspiration from more personalized letters summarized below. Hear, hear. What pithy statements.

Onward and upward. Go hard. No excuses.

Thanks so much.

Best,

Walter

July 29, 2016

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
New York State Governor
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is A H and I live at 10 ____ Court in E. Greenbush, N.Y.

I write today because pipelines are the last thing we should be building if we are going to stop using fossil fuels.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is D R and I live at ____ Place, Ithaca, NY 14850, and I have property which is near the proposed New Market Project compressor station in Georgetown, NY.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

RATIONALE: I make this request because FERC has approved the New Market Project _despite_ receiving numerous letters and statements at their few public meetings protesting the project based on (a) the lack of safety of natural gas pipelines and (b) no demonstrated need for the proposed additional gas line capacity. The safety issues include fires, explosions, leaks, and spills documented at pipelines and compressor stations, which in New York State have neither been prevented nor cleaned up to NYS standards, according to the DEC. The history of these multiple NYS incidents shows that, although nearly 3000 TONS of contaminated soils have been removed from the sites and sent to landfills (where they still remain) and at least one spill has contaminated drinking water wells nearby, as of this date none of the sites could be declared cleaned up!

Further, if this project is approved, NY's citizens will experience _increased_ unsafe and contaminating incidents, because with the increased pipeline pressures that Dominion is proposing to put the additional and replacement compressor stations and pipelines in place to achieve, the aged pipelines, many sections 60 years old, will experience even more frequent ruptures, leaks, spills, explosions, and fires.

Finally, these pipeline projects, both new and retrofits to achieve more natural gas flow, are unneeded -- the gas is intended to be exported -- and actually work _against_ our NYS goals for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and for increased investment in renewable energy resources! Natural gas is, like coal and petroleum and other fossil fuels, a non-renewable energy source that is also leaky, and hundreds of times more devastating to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. Plus, expenditures for fossil-fuel infrastructure take needed investment dollars away from renewable energy investment opportunities.

Instead, Governor Cuomo, New York needs to eke out the next few years by using its hydropower and its remaining few nuclear power plants -- not building any new ones, since the operation and decommissioning wastes and safety concerns are huge for nuclear plants -- until renewable energy sources (including hydropower) can provide the lion's share of the state's energy needs.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

Once again I am writing you about fossil fuel projects which will not only increase the very real and urgent dangers posed by climate change but also pose pollution hazards locally. This time I am particularly concerned about the proposed Dominion New Market pipeline, but I also have grave concerns about the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)'s ability to actually safeguard our drinking water. Right now Tompkins County, where I live, is experiencing a drought which is having a serious effect on local farms, is causing water shortages in some local municipalities, and even has Cornell University on water rationing. We don't have enough water, so any threat to our water supplies should be treated as a grave danger. We have the opportunity to invest in and promote sustainable energy rather than fossil fuels, and it's irresponsible to continue to tolerate infrastructure projects while touting a ban on hydrofracking.

Specifically, I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline, and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.
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Sincerely,

A L
154 ____ Road
Ithaca, NY

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is D M and I live at 29 ____ Street in Trumansburg.

I write today because I have long been interested in environmental matters and appalled by the behavior of the extractive industries and very specifically by the fracker in Pennsylvania. You have more or less banned waterbased fracking in our state. It is time to go beyond that. So it is with great hope that I sign on to the following letter, filled as it is with chapter and verse demonstrating the Dominion New Market Pipeline should not be built.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is N M and I live at 1159 ____ Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850.

I write today because I believe that we in NY State should put all our resources into renewable energy projects and should definitely not support any long-term energy projects that continue & encourage our use of fossil fuels.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is J F and I live at 290 ____ Road, S. New Berlin, NY.

I write today because I am concerned about environmental and safety issues with regards to the fossil fuel infrastructure. Thanks to all our efforts, especially thanks to your support, we can make the change from deadly energy to renewable energy. Please take one more step in this direction by taking the following action.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is V L and I live at 102 ____ Road in Coeymans Hollow, New York.

I write today because I am deeply concerned about the Dominion New Market Pipeline currently in the approval process in New York State. We have an opportunity now to end the continuation of fossil fuel expansion and start focusing on renewable energies. Not only is this an opportunity, it is an obligation to future generations. We have the technology now for renewable energy, and there is no reason to risk more contamination of our natural resources. Once the contamination is there, it is nearly impossible to retrieve it, and as you know from recent history, many people are harmed at the hands of corporations who benefit, yet rarely are deemed culpable for the damage they inflict on our citizens and our communities.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is C C and I live at 56 ____ Pittsford, NY.

I write today because I, as you, love NY state and want to slow climate warming which will be disastrous for us.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is G L and I live at 2250 ____ Road, Unit __, Ithaca, NY 14850.

I write today because I believe that the continued expansion of fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and use is unhealthy and unsafe for humans, the environment, and local economies.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is P S and I live at 165 ____ Ave, Johnson City, NY.

I write today because I am deeply concerned about the quality of NYS water.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is R O and I live in Kerhonkson, NY .

I write today because I am very upset at the prospect of the Dominion pipeline construction going forward, in spite of the obvious environmental damage and ongoing risk.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is A G and I live at 16 ___ Road in Wappingers Falls.

I write today because frankly I'm terrified that what has been happening in Pennsylvania will happen in New York. As an economist, I follow the NatGas industry in PA. The spills and accidental discharges in PA waters is literally a daily event, and it's documented for the public to see on their DEP website

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is E W and I live at ___ Place in Lynbrook.

I write today because I believe New York State should be a true leader in renewable energy forms. Continuing to build fossil fuel infrastructure does our state, our country and our planet a disastrous disservice, and puts the lie to any "clean energy" initiatives an administration might tout.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is P M and I live at ___ Rd. in Castleton-on-Hudson.

I write today because I'm concerned about the continuing reliance on burning fossil fuels. As you already know, this activity is degrading those elements of our ecosphere required for sustaining life. Air, water, and soil pollution is detrimental and the more time and money we waste on expanding our reliance on gas, the less time and money we'll have to get to the solutions.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is R __ and I live at ___ Road, Woodstock, NY.

I write today because I am frustrated and overwhelmed with how many times I have to keep writing these letters. We need you to govern for the people.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is J C and I live in Vestal.

I am writing today because I am very concerned about the future sources of energy in New York State. In order to meet crucial climate goals, we must eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels as quickly as possible. It makes no sense to continue to build fossil fuel infrastructure that will keep us dependent on fossil fuels for decades to come.

In order to do this and to protect our state from further harm to our water resources, I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is J M, and I live in Endicott, NY.

I write today because we simply cannot allow new gas pipelines to jeopardize our health and safety now and in the future in this beautiful state. I was thrilled when you did the right thing with the Constitution Pipeline and am asking you to step up to the plate again for the good of all New York residents.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is M B and I live at 888 _th Ave Apt New York, NY.

I write today because We New Yorkers have the best water in the world !

We need to keep it the best .

Water does not know politics, or property lines, above or below the surface.

Please do not permit any fossil fuel extraction in our beautiful state .

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is J R and I live at ___, Mahopac, NY 10541 .

I write today because I am extremely concerned that my children and grandchildren and all future genereations may not survive unless all fossil fuels are kept in the ground. Your approval of fossil fuel projects instead of support for the further development of renewable energy puts our lives in danger. You were elected to consider the health and safety of all NYS residents to be of primary importance, and certainly to consider that more than the profits of the dirty energy companies.

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.

Dear Governor Cuomo:

My name is __ L-R and I live in Trumansburg, NY.

I write today because I CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK: THE SAFETY OF IT'S ENVIRONMENT, AND IT'S PEOPLE, AS YOU ALSO SHOULD!!

I request that you DENY the Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Dominion New Market Pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in New York which require that certification because your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a well-documented inability to fulfill the applicable provisions of the U. S. Clean Water Act.