Two ways Providence* residents can support environmental justice!

*and the surrounding area–Rhode Island’s not that big!

On Thursday, September 27, 4-7pm, join No LNG in PVD in a public action at the site of National Grid’s proposed climate-warming, toxic, explosive liquid natural gas plant (the corner of Allens Ave and Terminal Rd). Now that we know Gina Raimondo will be the Democratic candidate for governor, let’s enlist other RI residents in pushing her to stop the LNG plant on the Southside.

On Friday, September 28, 7-9pm, come to a poetry and performance fundraiser for No LNG in PVD. Help us pay neighborhood organizers and hold community info sessions to fight the above-mentioned natural gas plant. $10-25, no one turned away for lack of funds. Features the great Sussy Santana; click through for the full, fantastic list of performers, including me!

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Two opportunities to take a stand for climate justice in Rhode Island

TOMORROW, 8/30: Come tell the evening commuters on Allens Avenue about the toxic, explosive, climate-warming liquid natural gas plant that National Grid wants to build on the South Side of Providence, with the blessing of Governor Raimondo, and the other risks to public health and safety in the Port of Providence. This is an informational action; we’ll have signs and handouts. Thursday, August 30th, 4-7pm, corner of Allens Avenue and Terminal Road (the site of the proposed facility), Providence. 

SATURDAY, 9/8: Peacefully protest new fossil fuel installations in Rhode Island, including the LNG plant I just mentioned and the fracked-gas power plant proposed for Burrillville. Saturday, September 8th, 6pm, meeting at 282 Main St and walking to the Waterfire sponsored by National Grid.  

Climate Anxiety Counseling at the Sankofa World Market TODAY; Public Meeting TONIGHT

Come and see me today at the Sankofa World Market. I’ll listen to your climate-change-related and other anxieties, and you can take home a picture of one of our nonhuman neighbors.

I’ll also have some information sheets about tonight’s public meeting about the LNG plant that National Grid wants to build on Allens Avenue, near people’s homes, hospitals, and schools. This meeting is a chance for Providence residents, from the neighborhood and elsewhere, to make it very clear that we don’t want this plant in our city. Digging up the site to start building the plant will disturb years of industrial toxins; the plant itself, in addition to increasing the planet’s fossil fuel burden, poses a threat in the form of leaks and explosions that would level the neighborhood. Building this facility, at every step, would put the neighborhood at risk. 

Meanwhile, as it is (undisturbed), the site doesn’t pose an acute hazard, which means it doesn’t qualify for the kind of permit that National Grid is applying for.

If you can’t go to the meeting, you can still submit a comment to the RI Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM), along the above lines. Send them to joseph.martella @ dem. ri. gov.

If you want more detailed points, or have questions, email me at my gmail address, publiclycomplex, and I’ll do my best for you.

Public Hearing: Oppose Fracked Gas in South Providence

The Providence City Council has proposed a resolution opposing the proposed liquid natural gas liquefaction facility in Fields Point/South Providence. You can show your support for this resolution tonight:

Public Hearing: Resolution in Opposition to the Proposed Fields Point Liquefaction Facility

Tuesday (TONIGHT), 5:15pm, 3rd Floor of City Hall (25 Dorrance St.), Providence

Come and let the City Council know that you, too, oppose the construction of this environmentally unsafe, environmentally unjust facility and don’t want National Grid to be allowed to build it in Providence.

Facebook event is here, with more details and talking points.

No LNG in PVD: Public Hearing 12/13, 5:15pm, Providence City Hall

Let the Providence City Council hear your opposition to the proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) facility in Fields Point (South Providence):

Tuesday, December 13th, 5:15pm

Providence City Hall (25 Dorrance St.), 3rd floor

Read here for details, reasons why the city should not permit National Grid to build this facility, and talking points. Here’s the text of the resolution itself.

 

No LNG in PVD: Community Meeting 10/29

Providence friends and readers, I hope you’ll come to this community meeting to keep National Grid from building a dangerous liquid natural gas (LNG) processing facility on the already environmentally-compromised (and environmentally unjust) South Side.

 

No LNG in PVD Community Meeting

Saturday 10/29, 3-5pm

Renaissance Church, 184 Broad St, Providence, RI

 

You can find more information about the risks and injustices of the project here. The Facebook event for the community meeting is here.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza opposes fracked-gas processing plant

“Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is opposing National Grid’s proposal to build a natural gas liquefaction facility at Field’s Point in Providence.”

Other mayors of other towns and cities, please take note: this is the correct move.

Let’s work toward a version of history where we leave behind the methods of fueling our endeavors that also damage us and everything around us. Maybe that means alternative methods. Maybe it means fewer, or different, endeavors. At minimum, refusing this LNG plant is one of many ways to take care of this city’s people. Thank you, Mayor Elorza, for doing that.

Resist Liquid Natural Gas in South Providence: Demonstration TODAY

National Grid wants to build a Liquid Natural Gas facility in the floodplain in the already environmentally compromised/environmentally unjust neighborhood of South Providence. There’s a demonstration against this plan today at the proposed site:

670 Allens Ave, Providence, RI

Wednesday, June 8th,  4-6 pm

Bring water, sunscreen, and signs

 

Get more information and RSVP here.

Here’s some more information about why this plan is bad for Providence and its people.

 

If you live in Providence and you have felt helpless about climate change, ecological degradation and environmental injustice, this is something you can do to resist those things, today.

Environmental Injustice in Providence: Resisting National Grid’s Liquid Natural Gas Terminal

The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (which is where your nickels go, if you’ve ever stopped at the Climate Anxiety Counseling Booth) explains why we should prevent National Grid from using Providence to process fracked natural gas:

National Grid is planning to expand their operations to include a natural gas “liquefaction facility” in the Port of Providence, where they would convert fracked gas brought in by pipeline into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export. The Port already has a high concentration of toxic and dangerous industrial facilities next to a low-income community of color that suffers from high rates of asthma and environmental related illnesses…

While National Grid supplies gas to the whole state, the community next to this facility is one of the poorest in the state and residents are routinely faced with utility shutoffs, and have to make decisions on whether or not to pay utilities or pay for other necessary things such as food or transportation to employment. National Grid will pass the $100 million dollar price tag onto consumers by adding the cost onto their gas bills. The LNG produced in South Providence will be exported to Massachusetts by truck. The limited number of temporary jobs created during construction of the facility will be specialized positions from out of state, since construction will be managed by the multinational firm Kiewit.

You can sign a petition to Mayor Elorza, Senator Whitehouse and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) opposing this plan.

If you can, it would be good to go to the FERC hearing on Thursday, October 8th, at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex, 182 Thurbers Avenue, Providence. At that link, there’s more information about what we can usefully do at this meeting to resist this unjust and damaging plan.