Monday, June 26, 2017

Adrian-- Do you *REALLY* want to Resist Trump?



Note: This is a response to Adrian Kuzminski, moderator of Sustainable Otsego, to an email he sent out soliciting people to come to a "Resist Trump" event. -- BH

Thanks Adrian.

Now, do you REALLY want to resist the Trump agenda? Or do you want to REPEAT THE SAME FAILED STRATEGIES which brought us Trump?

Then READ THIS and I will explain how these "Resist Trump" groups (and there are dozens) are being organized by the SAME PEOPLE who gave us Trump to being with!

I just want to point out that ANY group which is (Trump) "Resistance" focused, (and here is a big list: https://www.risestronger.org/resist ) are

DEMOCRATIC PARTY HERDING Organizations

Here's a list of a bunch of them. There could be hundreds!



If you've lived in NY, you will no doubt be familiar with how Citizen Action works with Working Families Party.
  • Citizen Action works to PUSH the Democratic Party Policy agenda DOWN TO local groups. This is just the OPPOSITE of how true grassroots activism should work. I started going to Citizen Action meetings around the time I first moved to Binghamton (early 2000s) and learned early on that THEY DO NOT LISTEN to any policy objectives of locals. It is 100% totally TOP DOWN, coming from... ??? (who knows?)
  • Working Families Party is a SCAM, a RACKET called "Electoral Fusion" or "Cross Ballot Endorsement". It is ILLEGAL in 42 states:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_fusion#United_States

    The entire function of WFP and all Fusion parties (Liberal Party, Right to Life Party, Conservative Party, etc) is to

    a) Give the corporate candidate MORE BALLOT LINES
    b) Push 3rd party candidates to the margins, literally
    c) Capture the "Protest Vote" which might go to a Socialist, Green, or Libertarian, and give it to the corporate candidate.

To join an Indivisible group, you must PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE to their "resist Trump" strategy. They DO NOT propose a legislative agenda based on positive, shared values!
They even state in their booklet:

We recommend two guiding principles:

»» Donald Trump's agenda will take America backwards, and it must be stopped.

»» To work together to achieve this goal, we must model the values
of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness.

As discussed in the second chapter, we strongly recommend focusing on defense against the Trump agenda rather than developing an entire alternative policy agenda.

Defining a proactive agenda is time-intensive, divisive, and, quite frankly, a distraction, since there is zero chance that we as progressives will get to put our agenda into action at the federal level in the next four years.

You DO know that the primary reasons we have Trump are:
  1. 8 years of Toxic Neoliberalism under Barack Obama
    • Recall: Democratic Party is WIPED OUT from coast to coast
    • Lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats under Obama
    • See complete list of OBAMA CRIMES below
  2. 8 years of Neoliberalism under Bill Clinton
If you doubt this, here are some resources to jog your memory:
  • She is a Career Criminal with a 30 year rap sheet
  • Queen of Fracking
  • Queen of WalMart
  • Queen of Wall St. 
  • Clinton Foundation
  • 3 Congressional/FBI investigations
    (1: Libya, 2: Insecure/Offsite Email Server,  3: Clinton Foundation) 
  • Clinton Body Count
  • A Really Bad liar 
  • Wikileaks!!
  • Cheated Bernie
  • Does not connect with ordinary people
  • Every time she speaks in public, her poll numbers go down
  • ....
She also FAILED TO PROMOTE ANY AGENDA based on positive, shared values, like Bernie was doing. She was (her camp were) only ATTACKING TRUMP.


So now Indivisible, and all these other Democratic Party Herding Organizations are REPEATING THE SAME FAILED STRATEGY which cost Clinton the Election!!!

The Indivisible / Working Families Party / MoveOn (etc) scam in a nutshell:
  1. Attack Trump 24x7 (even if he does something right! D'oh!)
  2. FAIL to produce a progressive/popular agenda based on positive shared values, and
  3. Convince people that YOU MUST only work within the confines of the SAME FAILED, & WIPED OUT Democratic Party which created this crisis.
Hey I know what let's do! Let's take over the Democratic Party, and move it to the left!! Only one problem: "That shit don't work!" (David Cobb)

And it has not worked for FORTY YEARS!TinyURL.com/DavidCobbThatShitDontWork



Jesus H. Christ, Friends...
Don't you think it's time to TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

-- BH

Master List of SUSPECT Democratic Party Herding Organizations
  • #AllofUs
  • #Resist
  • #WeWillReplaceYou
  • 100 Acts 100 Days (Medium)
  • 100 Calls, 100 Days
  • 100 Days of Trump
  • 2 Hours a Week -> Action Alliance
  • 3NoTrump
  • 5 Calls
  • 500 Women Scientists
  • Action Aggregator
  • Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
  • Action Group Network
  • Action Hub - What Do I Do About Trump?
  • Action Map
  • Action Now
  • Action Together Network
  • Activism Engine
  • Affinity
  • Agitatr
  • Alder (iOS)
  • All The Good We Can
  • America Will Be
  • Americans Resisting Overseas
  • Amplify
  • Arena Summit
  • Attrition Coalition
  • Brand New Congress
  • Build the Wave
  • Call Them In
  • Call You Next Tuesday
  • Call the Halls
  • Call to Activism
  • CallParty (daily Facebook messages)
  • CallThem
  • CallYour
  • Capitol Call
  • ★Center for American Progress★
  • Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Citizen Action
  • CivikOwl
  • Code Blue
  • Couch Activism
  • Countable
  • Daily Action (daily text messages)
  • Daily Grab Back
  • Daily Kos
  • Daily Resistance (daily Facebook messages)
  • Damsels in Defiance
  • Data for Democracy
  • Democracy for America
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • Do A Thing
  • Dream Corps Love Army
  • Fight Trump
  • Five Minute Resistance
  • Flippable
  • fourteen61
  • Forward Majority
  • HelloGOV
  • High Five Action
  • How To Help
  • iMarch
  • I+CAN
  • Indivisible
  • It Starts Today
  • Justice Democrats
  • Knock Every Door
  • Lawyers for Good Government
  • Library of Resistance
  • Love Army
  • Media Matters
  • MoveOn.org
  • Movement 2017
  • Movement Match
  • Movement to Oppose Trump
  • My Civic Workout
  • One Thing You Can Do
  • OneCall (calls you every day)
  • Our Next 4 years
  • Our Revolution
  • Pantsuit District
  • People's Action
  • Presterity
  • Progressive Action, Global Exchange
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Project 1461
  • Public Advocates / Carson Watch
  • RISE Movement
  • RISE people's calendar
  • Rainbow Push
  • Re:act
  • Resist Trump Tuesdays
  • Resistance Calendar
  • Resistance Manual
  • Resurgent Left
  • Revlists
  • Rise Stronger
  • Rogan's List
  • Run for Something
  • Serve 306
  • Sister District
  • Sleeping Giants
  • Small Deeds Done
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • Spark
  • Stance
  • Stand Up
  • Swing Left
  • Take2
  • Tell All Your Friends
  • Thank You Campaign
  • The 65
  • The Activist Cartel
  • The Loyal Opposition
  • The Night Owl Activist
  • The Orange Resistance
  • The Resistance: Peaceful Action
  • The Something I Can Do
  • TheSixtyFive.org
  • Together We Will USA
  • Town Hall Project
  • Trump Resistance Today
  • TrumpWatch/CorpWatch
  • Udara
  • UniteBlue
  • Voices
  • VoteProChoice
  • WTF Just Happened Today?
  • Wall-of-Us
  • We the People
  • Weekly Actions to Resist Trump
  • Working Families Party
  • You Should Run

Master List of Obama crimes

  • ILLEGAL WARS
    • bombs and drones and grenades and guns and paid mercenaries.
    • For 8 years he bombed 7 nations. NONE were wars declared by Congress
    • Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya,
    • Hillary Clinton helped for 4 years as Sec of State
    • Murdered 1M people, displaced another million.
  • Wall St immunity.  Bailing out Wall St. Bigger Banks. No accountability for crashing the economy
  • Telecom immunity
  • Orwellian domestic spying? NSA and CIA now BOTH collect EVERY phone call, email, text message
  • Kicked 10 million families out of their house in forclosure crisis?
  • Offshore drilling permits? Castrating the EPA? Canceling the investigation into the harms of fracking during election year?
  • All of the Above energy plan? "Clean Power Plan" which replaces electricity from dirty coal with dirty fracked gas?
  • No help for Flint Water Crisis?
  • Charter Schools, and High Stakes Testing (Common Core)?
  • Left wing gov't with right-wing policies?
  • An illegal tax disguised as healthcare? (Romneycare with no public option?) Tried to cut SS & Medicare?
  • Auctioning off Public Lands for commercial exploiaton?
  • Jailing whistleblowers?
  • Nearly 3/4ths of Keystone Pipeline System built?
  • Occupy Wall St crackdown?
  • Standing Rock inaction?
  • Failed to help striking teachers in Wisconsin?
  • Failed to fulfill his promise to shut down TORTURE facility at Gitmo?
  • Unconstitutional indefinite detention?
  • Suspension of habeas corpus?
  • Extrajudicial kill lists for American citizens?
  • Billions in aid to terrorist states (Israel, Saudi Arabia)
  • Undeclared wars against 7 nations?
  • Regime change in Libya, and Syria causing one of the greatest mass migration crises in history?
  • Or murdering a million people in seven countries via bombs, drone strikes, covert actions, and proxy wars?
  • Killed EPA investigation into harms of Fracking
  • Eight Years of fracking
  • 90% of the Keystone Pipeline System built,
  • bomb trains
  • jobs-exporting free trade agreements like TPP (Obama) and NAFTA (Clinton)
  • Neoliberalism (Class Warfare),
  • Extrajudicial Assassinations
  • Whistleblower persecution,
  • an illegal tax disguised as "health care" (ACA/Obamacare/Romneycare) which is really welfare to big Pharma...
  • Violent crackdown of OWS
  • Violent crackdown at Standing Rock...
  • ★ Bernie was ROBBED by: ★ DWS ★ Donna Brazille ★John Podesta ★ Robbie Mook ★ Neera Tanden ★ David Brock ★ Every Superdelegate




On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:17 PM, Adrian Kuzminski <adriankuzminski@gmail.com> wrote:
Announcement: Summit meeting of activists in 19th CD, 8 July, Hudson, NY.

I've been asked to forward this to the lists, as the meeting is an open one, though registration and fee required. Details below.

A.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pamela Kline <tpklinee@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Subject: Fwd: Resistance Leadership Summit Invite
To: Adrian Kuzminski <adriankuzminski@gmail.com>, Antoinette Kuzminski <antoinettekuzminski@gmail.com>, Dennis Higgins <higgindm@gmail.com>


Dear Adrian, Antoinette and Dennis, 
I am forwarding an invitation to an Activist Summit in Hudson. I hope you will be able to participate. Please forward to anyone you think would be interested. 
Pam 

Dear Fellow Activists and Friends of Democracy,

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.

As a leader in the Resistance Movement, you are invited to join us for a day of education, organization, collaboration and resistance training on July, 8, 2017 at the beautiful Upjohn Mansion/Hudson Lodge, located at 601 Union St., Hudson, NY. It will be a unique gathering of activists, trainers and teachers from CD19 as well as many supporters from neighboring Blue Districts and promises to be a full and rich day. 

Linked is a registration form that includes a brief outline for the day and also your lunch preference, which is included in your registration fee. Filling this out as soon as possible will help us to prepare a well organized and effective event. This is an all volunteer effort and your cooperation and speedy response will be tremendously helpful and appreciated.

If you are able to sponsor another activist for whom the fee is a barrier, please indicate that on the registration form.
If the $35 fee is a barrier for attendance, please contact me.

We will be creating an introductory video of the great work that is happening all over CD19 to start the day, if your group would like to participate in that via Skype or Face Time, please also indicate that on the registration form.

Our email list is is not complete. Please share this with other activists that you think would be helpful.

We are strongly recommending that all participants read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.


Keep the faith - now more than ever.
Please join us!
Best,

Gianni Ortiz
Indivisible CD19 NY
Educate. Organize. Resist.

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Please act now!



Friends,

Tony Ingraffea and others have brought forth the issues with CCPA and have contributed to the creation of an effective climate action bill. This is what we need to do. Thanks to Susan Multer and Suzannah Glidden for forwarding the action we must take.
Please take a few moments right now to do the following....

PLEASE phone FIRST THING_**_Wednesday morning and throughout the day to 
strongly OPPOSE the flawed Climate and Community Protection Act 
A.8270A/S.6617A (CCPA).**Urge them not to bring it to a vote or pass it. 
Despite a few revisions, many of the technical flaws remain and the bill 
is not equipped to meet its goals. That's why it sets us back in our 
effort to fight climate change.

Sen. John Flanagan 518-455-2071

Sen. Jeff Klein 518-455-3595

Sen. Tony Avella 518-455-2210 

Please blast this call-in request to all your contacts to help!

There's a better climate bill, NYS Climate Responsibility Act.  Tell 
legislators to vote NO on CCPA and instead vote for responsible climate 
legislation next year.

Thank you!

Advocates for Responsible Climate Action (ARCA)

Suzannah Glidden, Founding member


914-485-1052



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Fenton #BombTrucks rally tomorrow Thu 6pm!

There will be a rally at 6pm at Port Dickinson park on Thursday -- tomorrow about the Fenton "compressor station" (#BombTrucks depot) fyi.

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

This is a follow-up to a previous post, 6pm Friday:
BREAKING NEWS! 
<xng forest lake bomb trucks shut down.jpg>

Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake! 

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown 
Then this, 9:15 Friday:
I may have spoken too soon.

At 6:00, It looked all shut down. 
But at 9:15, it looked to be back in service.
Compressor is back on. 
At least 2 trucks refilling their fuel tanks,
And some of the trailers are gone.
One truck looks like it's ready to leave.

We are trying to reach a county official for the official word.

My guess is either XNG anticipated the order, and it never happened. So shortly after COB they restarted.

or else the order DID happen, they shut down for a few hrs, and then decided to defy the order.

Either way, they should be shut down by Monday for at least a month. Hopefully for good!

We still very much need people in VESTAL to do spot checks on 440 Prentice Rd (take photos!).

And we need people in OTSEGO Co to report on truck spotting... Times, where seen? How many? Normal flow? Reduced? Or Increased?

And we need someone from HERKIMER Co to drive by Manheim station and report activity.  (take photos!).

Thanks.
People asked for more background, why would the pro-gas Susquehanna County Commissioners go after XNG? After all they've been through.

This explains some of it:


See attached memo from Susquehanna County Director of Planning Bob Templeton to the planning board.

Here is my list, not all were issues for the county: 

XNG is not in compliance with the Board's Conditional Final Approval. 
Failed the required sound study, result not given to the County for several months, failed to install sound abatements, trees and a wall
★ actual site buildout and operations are different than proposed, 
★ built with no DEP air permit claiming an exemption; site continues to operate despite DEP telling them they need to file
★ not all required permits and environmental studies completed, e.g. 
★No FERC EIS, 
★operating without a FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. 
★ No NY EIS under SEQR, no Risk Assessment
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. 
★ No NY EIS under SEQR, no Risk Assessment

(This does not include issues with Manheim)

XNG has been out of compliance since they began operations in February.  They have never been in compliance. The planning commission says this is very unusual. Stipulated conditions for conditional permits are normally remedied in weeks. 
 
The Planning Board voted to bounce the issue back to the County Commissioners claiming the Planning Board has no enforcement authority. 

I've never seen Alan Hall this pissed off! Zip to the last 10 min or so:

Maybe even Susquehanna County has reached a breaking point?

Also, former county commissioner Mike Giangreco is the county soliciter is a neighbor of the facility. So there's a lot of parts to this.

Lastly, as of 9pm last night, it looked like the site was back in operation. 

So they are either defying the order, or they anticipated the order on Fri, and it never came.

BH


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Re: Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

I may have spoken too soon.

At 6:00, It looked all shut down. 
But at 9:15, it looked to be back in service.
Compressor is back on. 
At least 2 trucks refilling their fuel tanks,
And some of the trailers are gone.
One truck looks like it's ready to leave.

We are trying to reach a county official for the official word.

My guess is either XNG anticipated the order, and it never happened. So shortly after COB they restarted.

or else the order DID happen, they shut down for a few hrs, and then decided to defy the order.

Either way, they should be shut down by Monday for at least a month. Hopefully for good!

We still very much need people in VESTAL to do spot checks on 440 Prentice Rd (take photos!).

And we need people in OTSEGO Co to report on truck spotting... Times, where seen? How many? Normal flow? Reduced? Or Increased?

And we need someone from HERKIMER Co to drive by Manheim station and report activity.  (take photos!).

Thanks.

On Friday, June 16, 2017, William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com> wrote:
BREAKING NEWS!


Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake!

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown


--
--
May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)


--
--
May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

BREAKING NEWS!


Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake!

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Chenango Valley Board of Ed. Fights Back against #BombTrucks!!


BREAKING NEWS!

150 community members came out to to witness and give comments, as the Chenango Valley Board of Education voted 8-0 (w/ one abstention) to approve hiring of outside counsel to pursue an Art 78 challenge of the Town of Fenton Planning Board decision to approve new NG Advantage #BombTrucks facility.

Related: Susquehanna County Planning Commission is holding a special meeting on the Forest Lake XNG BombTrucks facility TOMORROW! Tue June 13 at 7pm. 

We are hearing this is going to be a hot one... Attend if you can!
The Susquehanna County Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at the County Office Building in the downstairs conference room, to discuss and consider action on the XNG Natural Gas industrial development, Forest Lake Township.


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Bomb Trucks meeting TONIGHT! CV BOE 7pm (Map & Directions)

ALERT! CV BOE meeting tonight to discuss the Bomb Trucks!

Chenango Valley HS Library
221 Chenango Bridge Rd,
Binghamton, NY 13901
6pm Monday 6/12

MAP AND DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/DQaBtxsVYdm

Friends, PLEASE let us stop calling this a "compressor station". I have studied compressor stations for 7 years, and that's not what this is! --- This is a BRAND NEW CREATURE never before seen. This is a CNG filling stationand truck depot for a Virtual Pipeline.



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Forest Lake XNG #BombTrucks Filling Station aerial shot

This is the origin of the 100x trucks/day going from Forest Lake, Susquehanna County PA, through Broome, Delaware, Otsego, and Herkimer Counties NY, where the gas is being injected on the Iroquois Pipeline.

More info on Bomb Trucks:

http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/search?q=bomb+trucks


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Flawed approval of XNG depot hurts Eliot

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20131117/OPINION/311170326

Flawed approval of XNG depot hurts Eliot

After only one meeting in which the public was allowed to express its concerns and opinions about safety plans and emergency response, liability, noise, property depreciation, air quality, wetlands and wildlife, enforcement/compliance issues related to a proposed 24/7 XNG natural gas trucking depot, the Eliot Planning Board voted unanimously, 7-0, on Nov. 5 to approve the XNG site application for 535 Route 236.

After only one meeting in which the public was allowed to express its concerns and opinions about safety plans and emergency response, liability, noise, property depreciation, air quality, wetlands and wildlife, enforcement/compliance issues related to a proposed 24/7 XNG natural gas trucking depot, the Eliot Planning Board voted unanimously, 7-0, on Nov. 5 to approve the XNG site application for 535 Route 236.

The trucking depot XNG wants to establish at the site would tap the nearby Maritimes & Northeast Interstate Pipeline (M&NP) that is 684 miles long, stretching from Goldboro, Nova Scotia, to Dracut, Mass. It would occupy a 32-acre site and fill in one quarter acre of wetlands protected by the federal Natural Resources Protection Act.

Earlier this year, XNG Maine established a similar trucking depot in remote, northern Baileyville, Maine, on a site nowhere near a residential zone on not on wetlands. It makes perfect sense.

So it's quite strange to understand the company's application to set up a trucking depot at this particular site in Eliot. It defies all logic. The proposed site abuts a residential area with many farms and historic homes, it sits on protected wetlands that new FEMA flood data clearly identifies as a Hazardous Zone A flood area, it is located on a notoriously busy and dangerous commuter corridor and is less than half a mile away from a middle school with 600 students. Though the site is zoned as Commercial/Industrial on the town's ill-conceived zoning map, XNG asked for far more — they asked to occupy a site that requires an "alteration to existing federal wetlands protection laws." It remains unclear why this huge industrial concern could not find a site for its depot in the already established industrial zone further south on Route 236. Why it needs to set up shop in a fragile ecosystem and near a vital, historic neighborhood comes down to expediency and an easy permitting process in Eliot.

Events leading up to and immediately following the Eliot Planning Board vote unfolded as a bureaucratic and devastating "Perfect Storm" paving the way for an industrial operation that should have been stopped in its tracks for several reasons.

The unfortunate and obvious dog-and-pony show at town Planning Board meetings revealed a deep-seated move on the part of its members to welcome commercial and industrial applicants at all costs. Beyond the brief, 45-minute opportunity to speak afforded to members of the neighborhood affected directly by the XNG project — a timeslot when neighbors submitted signed letters opposing the project on terms of quality of life and depreciation of land, property and business values — the meetings were basically free advertisement opportunities for "Big Gas" to overwhelm the tax revenue hungry Planning Board. The "Besotted 7" were an interesting group; on two occasions, one member with a legal background recommended that they hire an outside consultant to help them to analyze the 150-page XNG application but this was not done.

Another board member demanded a noise study and one was done, but the public doesn't know who did that study. Perhaps XNG? Where is the transparency?

Also missing at these meetings was diverse outside opinion. Advocates from conservation groups, natural gas safety experts, wetlands and wildlife scientists and emergency response personnel were never invited to add their information or opinions in the mix before the vote was taken. If this was done, it was done behind closed doors.

It's obvious that the Planning Board is not qualified to decide a matter as complicated as the XNG Project or experienced in fully exploring all aspects of such a project.

In fact, the chairman of the Eliot Planning Board dissed the town's Conservation Committee in the first public meeting and did not allow the public any follow-up questions with XNG at the one meeting where public discourse was allowed.

A most dispiriting revelation emanated from these Planning Board meetings. It's called the Friends and Family Town Government, where there are no term limits for those serving on various town boards and no limitations on how many boards a person can serve on simultaneously.

Basically, it means that a streak of pro-industrial development stains several committees and boards in Eliot town government, a stain so strong that board members listen to captains of industry over their own citizenry.

This taken together with a flawed, out-dated zoning map, and collusion between certain self-interested board members, means the bar is set very low for commercial development in Eliot.

It didn't take long to realize that the chairman of the Planning Board serves on many committees including, as vice-chairman, the Board of Selectmen and the "rabidly pro-business development on Route 236" Sewer Expansion Committee that has had citizens vote on that project three times. This Planning Board chairman did not recuse himself from deciding on perhaps the biggest commercial developments on Route 236 and not surprisingly in this matter, members of the Business Development Committee showed up to say they approved the XNG project. These individuals have a financial stake in commercial development on Route 236.

This was bad enough but it became even more one-sided when the superintendant of schools at MSAD 35, whose offices are near the middle school, completely deferred to the Planning Board in the XNG matter. In a letter read at the Planning Board meeting the day the vote was taken, the superintendent acknowledged that even though concerns were expressed by several parents about the close proximity of the XNG depot to the school, she would let the Planning Board decide. She did not even ask for an emergency response report from the town or XNG, if one exists. The latter is going to train our small, all volunteer fire department and that appears to be the extent of emergency response.

Information relating to the air filters used on the compressors at the XNG depot and the levels of natural gas emissions they will allow have not been made known to the public.

Even worse, just two days after the Planning Board vote, the beleaguered Maine Department of Environmental Protection (hurt by the unmasking of its chief as a former chemical industry lobbyist) issued a draft letter of approval for the project at the same time it was accepting letters of concern from affected neighbors. I guess these letters will go into the same file/waste basket as those filed at Town Hall objecting to the project.

Additionally, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Public Utilities Commission have not become involved in the project.

The state maintains Route 236 and the DOT does not think that an average of 24 trucks, loaded with compressed natural gas, entering and leaving that site each and every day, day and night, requires a traffic study.

This "Perfect Storm" of self-interest, collusion, lack of transparency, limited public participation, bureaucratic short-sightedness, small town politics and big industry tactics has let this ridiculous plan move forward.

I join my many neighbors in abject disappointment over our town leaders and their willingness to welcome this industrial depot on a site that is blatantly not suited for this use.

XNG still awaits permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The endangered Blanding's turtle, a rare blue butterfly, white oak and other resident species in the wetlands surrounding and within the proposed XNG site have been identified by the DEP. To hear XNG representatives stand up in our town meetings and say they'll improve the wetlands and save the turtles is tantamount to listening to those self-serving BP (British Petroleum) television commercials that make themselves (the despoilers of the Gulf) out to be living saints whose sole mission is to protect wildlife.

Now that the public in Eliot has voted down a sewer expansion project three times, (we voted down the wave of commercial and industrial business that will come with this expanded sewer), it's time for citizens to tackle a re-do of the town's zoning ordinances so that in future, industrial concerns may not sit next to residential areas, open lands and fragile, flood- prone tracts of land.

Laura Pope is a resident of Eliot, Maine.



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