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I Hope That You Will Enjoy Some Very Good News/Keep Calling Governor Cuomo to Oppose a SPDES Permit for the Proposed Compressed Natural Gas Truck Transfer Station in Fenton, NY

Check out our campaign's latest terrific news coverage: Square One For NG Advantage: Company Resubmitting All Permits For Fenton Site


I trust that Fractivists near and far will enjoy hearing some very good news regarding our unrelenting efforts to require Governor Cuomo to adopt a moratorium on all fossil fuel infrastructure project approvals in New York State.

Since last May, our campaign has worked with great focus to kill a proposed compressed natural gas truck transfer facility in Fenton, NY. Our strategy is to make sure that this project does not receive a critical State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities.

I am thrilled to report that we just succeeded in nullifying a permit authorization that was earlier granted on a pro forma basis, or merely as a formality, without any independent analysis whatsoever by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Can you believe that? It has now come to light that the Cuomo administration shockingly approved a key permit for a massive compressed gas facility without any environmental oversight review whatsoever.

Thank you, Fox 40 Reporter, Jonathan Gordon, and News Director, Suh Neubauer, for breaking this important story: Square One For NG Advantage: Company Resubmitting All Permits For Fenton Site

Proposed Town of Fenton "Virtual Pipeline"

This "virtual pipeline" was approved by the Town of Fenton on May 23, 2017 without any meaningful public participation. Pro-fracking forces hailed the decision and positively crowed about their apparent victory.

Toxics Targeting immediately began documenting that the proposed facility was located in close proximity to schools, places of worship, day care centers and thousands of homes and commercial structures.

We also mapped protected wetlands on the proposed site and challenged the adequacy of the project's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

We also generated extensive media coverage by documenting compressed gas transport disasters that New York authorities failed to prevent or clean up to the state standards.

We also revealed pollution hazards associated with the Millennium Pipeline that the facility proposed to tap into.

Successful Legal Challenge

Local residents, a nearby church and the school district successfully challenged the Town's approval process in court and won an important victory on 8/28/17. Unfortunately, this simply means that the approval proceeding has to start over again.

8/28/17 Order, Judgement & Decision Re: NG Advantage, LLC and Town of Fenton Planning Board

At a recent public meeting, it was clear that neither the Town nor the project applicant has given up on this massive project despite intense local opposition.

Fortunately, powerful elected officials now oppose the project location.

Town of Fenton NG Advantage Protest 8-29-17

8/1/17 Statement from Senator Fred Akshar on the NG Advantage Compressor Station Project in Hillcrest

State Approval Nullified for the Proposed Project

Toxics Targeting documented that the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities was granted as a formality upon receipt of a Notice of Intent from the project applicant after the Town approved its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

See: NG Advantage Proposed Town of Fenton, NY Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Even though the court decision deemed that the local approval process was illegal and improper, that decision did not necessarily revoke the SPDES permit granted for the compressed gas truck transfer facility.

Moreover, this concern was not addressed during the legal challenge, so we worked very hard to kill the improper state approval.

I am thrilled to report that the applicant will now be required to submit all new applications for Town approval. This means the SPDES permit has been nullified. As a back-up plan, the attorneys for the local opponents are reportedly prepared to take further action if need be.

Keep Calling Governor Cuomo at 518 474 8390 to Oppose State Approval for the Proposed Compressed Gas Truck Transfer Station in Fenton, NY

The proposed Fenton facility cannot proceed if the Governor does not grant a SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities.

Tell the Governor that he is a climate change hypocrite if he approves that critical permit because it would perpetuate New York's addiction to natural gas.

Keep beating the bushes for signatories to our Coalition Letter Which Requests That Governor Cuomo Adopt a Statewide Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

Please keep writing Governor Cuomo using our new personalized form letter to request that he DENY all fossil fuel infrastructure project approvals in New York.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

For nearly four solid months, Toxics Targeting and Fractivists from all over New York and from coast-to-coast have taken highly effective and focused action with a precise strategy to stop the Fenton compressed gas truck transfer facility. This is how important landmark victories are won.

Our sophisticated campaign packs a uniquely powerful punch. Thank you for all of your hard work. Great job.

Onward and upward. Keep slugging.