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No More Pollution in Bridgeport!

Thanks to the support of Fairfield County and Bridgeport residents like yourself, the Bridgeport City Council recently adopted a resolution calling for retirement of the dirty coal plant! The Mayor has signed the resolution and is now beginning the process to set up a community transition process to talk about a future bridgeport beyond coal. Congratulations! 

Astonishingly, the coal plant owners now want to impose even more pollution in Bridgeport by proposing to build an additional 450 MW (that's big!) gas plant next to the existing coal plant they plan to keep operating anyway! Make your voices heard at a critical public meeting this coming Monday and tell PSEG that residents will not stand for additional pollution in your community!

What: Public Information Meeting - PSEG Gas Plant at Bridgeport harbor Station
Where: Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
When: October 27th, 6- 8 PM

Fairfield County has one of the highest asthma rates in the state. In Bridgeport alone, nearly 15 percent of school- aged kids suffer from asthma. Pollution from the plant, including smog-causing nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide can trigger asthma attacks, worsen respiratory disease and force kids and seniors to stay indoors on bad air days. 

Residents will be allowed to ask questions at the presentation. The public meeting will be an important opportunity to learn more about this proposal and the impacts on your community. Please join us at this important event to make your voice heard and to tell the coal plant operators "No more pollution in Bridgeport!"
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Fight The Pipelines!! !!! Fracked Gas Is Coming to Connecticut in large diameter, high pressure Pipelines, courtesy of gas companies who need to sell their product overseas for profit. ! !

How do you feel about methane poisoning the air and changing the climate?!
How do you feel about radioactive gases released from pipelines near schools and parks?!
How do you feel about rivers, streams, wetlands, and wildlife areas being disrupted ?!
How do you feel about Fracking?! !

Well, fracking is coming to Connecticut in every way except the wells. Gas Companies plan to dig up and drill across our entire state in order to place large diameter, high pressure pipelines to carry fracked shale gas, from various projects of different gas companies. A few of these projects are: CT Expansion (Tennessee Gas Co), Algonquin Incremental Market (Spectra Energy), and Northeast Energy Direct (Tenn Gas Co). The energy industry wants to move this fracked shale gas from states to the south and west of us to the coast, where it can be converted to liquid gas at LNG stations and shipped overseas, at great profit to gas companies. ! !

WE CAN FIGHT THIS!! !

Come to the FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC) scoping meeting on Tuesday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the East Granby Community Center, 20 Center Street, East Granby, CT 06026, and give testimony about why you don’t want huge pipelines carrying fracked gas to be built in our state. ! !

The project being discussed at this scoping meeting is the CT Expansion. This project has not yet been approved, so now is the time to tell FERC about our environmental concerns regarding the transport of shale gas. FERC must consider the environmental impact of transporting dirty fracked gas across our state and the impact that it will have on human health.!!

You can also give written testimony on the FERC website. The deadline for written comments is Nov. 10. Please contact the email below to get involved, for help with speaking and/or writing points for your testimony, and to meet at the scoping meeting. !!

Gas=Methane. Methane is over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a global greenhouse gas, causing climate disruption. Yet, no agency, including EPA, regulates methane. There is NO regulation of this dangerous gas in the US. The industry is taking advantage of a lack of regulatory oversight of methane and of fracking to push through a large number of dangerous, unnecessary pipeline projects. !! Low Demand Studies in other states have found that new fossil fuel infrastructure is unnecessary. The companies who support these pipelines are Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil. !! Contact: mkleinrn@aol.com for information and to get involved.

Shale Gas Boom Is Coming to Connecticut by Martha Klein

As a result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, oil and gas have become cheaper to extract, and the drop in domestic market price is forcing profit driven energy companies to seek alternate markets. The gas companies want to build new pipeline, increase the size of older pipeline, and bring more gas into our state, ostensibly for domestic use but also to link pipeline to liquid natural gas stations which convert gas to liquid fuel for storage and shipping. Right now, the gas, or more accurately, the methane, that is imported via pipelines into Connecticut is about half fracked, but in the future, that amount will be close to 100%. Energy companies claim this pipeline infrastructure increase is needed, because in winter the demand for gas increases in New England, which results in price volatility. Opponents point out numerous flaws in that claim, however. The overall energy use in our state has decreased slightly. People are responding to the crisis caused by climate disruption that they see all around them, and are using less energy as a result. A number of recent studies demonstrate that by continuing this trend of using less power, no more fossil fuels need to be added to the electrical energy mix. (more info to come!) (click on either jpeg for a closer look!)

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6) DIRTY ENERGY IS COSTING US ALL: Coal is making our kids and adults sick by polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink. Big Coal profits at the expense of people.

7) CLEAN ENERGY IS CREATING JOBS AND POWERING THE ECONOMY: Wind and solar already provide more jobs than the coal mining industry. Generating power with solar creates seven times more jobs than doing so with coal. __________________________________________________________________

Coal 101: A simple way to visualize the problems with coal, the outdated way to make power. A clean energy future is available now; why don't we move beyond coal? (click on image)



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