Cong. Candidate Colin Beavan Demands a Halt to Pipelines

Congressional Candidate Colin Beavan (aka No Impact Man) Demands a Halt to Spectra and Rockaway pipelines

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Colin Beavan, star of the film No Impact Man and Green Party candidate in Brooklyn’s 8th congressional district, today demands an immediate halt to both the proposed Rockaway Lateral and the Spectra pipelines now under construction in New York City. These pipelines are slated to carry natural gas obtained by hydrofracking in upstate New York, a technology known to contaminate drinking water. “This is the thin end of the wedge in New York,” said Beavan. “How long before this industry makes it so we don’t have access to good, clean drinking water in New York City?” Beavan’s call comes in the wake of a recent Occupy Wall Street protest on the site of Manhattan-based construction of the Spectra pipeline.

Beavan opposes HR 2606—the bill now in a Senate subcommittee which will allow the Rockaway gas pipeline to be built through the only Federal Park lands in New York City, and partly in the 8th congressional district. The proposed Spectra pipeline is slated to bring “fracked” gas from the Marcellus Shale through New Jersey right into Chelsea in Manhattan. Fracking has been shown to poison the drinking water of people wherever the technology is used.

“This is the mountaintop removal of the northeast and it’s not even a good energy strategy for the state or the nation,” emphasizes Beavan, a nationally know environmentalist.  “What I propose is a forward-looking energy policy that focuses on a total conversion to renewable energy.”

To do that, he proposes ending all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and using that money to expand the development of renewable energy sources.  Additionally, he supports repeal of the Haliburton bill which exempts energy companies from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

“Currently, our national energy policy benefits the multi-national energy corporations, not the people of my district or the country,” states Beavan.