Chatham, New York
Environment | Local living | Soft news
15 July 2014 07:43PM
Bob Connors


The “Climate Summer” anti-pipeline bike riders will be present in Canaan, NY from July 23-25, 2014!

Climate Summer riders, as a part of “A Better Future Project”, ride to Richmond, MA and Canaan, NY as their fifth and sixth stop of the summer. These riders are spreading awareness of the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline that is proposed to pass through Massachusetts from West to East. They are a part of the Western Mass team that will be focusing their efforts on the western side of the state, starting in Holyoke and finishing in Greenfield. They want to bring awareness to these towns of the harms of fracked gas and why it is so important to build grassroots opposition to this proposed pipeline. People power is the best way to win fights against companies like Kinder-Morgan and building these grassroots opposition is the way to do so.

Climate Summer’s western Mass team consists of 6 college-aged students from across the country. These riders came together for this summer program to raise awareness for something that they think is very important. As they are riding by bike, with no support vehicle, they spend roughly one week in a town working with local residents towards building this grassroots opposition. The group comes from all over the country and are students at the institutions of Hampshire College, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Yale University, Warren-Wilson College and Salem College.

They will arrive at the Canaan, NY Congregational Church at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 23 on Route 295 to meet with the public and to speak to the ” Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline” committee meeting at this church starting at 6:30 pm.
The bikers are planing special events on July 24 in Malden Bridge, NY, the site of a gas pipeline compressor station, where suspected toxic gases are purposely outgassed on a routine basis.
In addition, they will stop in key places in the Canaan, NY area along the proposed pipeline route and speak with the affected landowner abutters and participate in “story telling”. These bikers will also make some surprise visits to other area locations from July 24-25 and then return to Richmond, Ma for more activities.
They will be fed and housed in Canaan, NY at the residence of Becky Meier.

You can follow them on twitter @climatesummer, find them on Facebook at “Climate Summer” (https://www.facebook.com/ClimateSummer ) , or follow the teams by reading their blog posts atclimatesummer.net/blogs.
In solidarity,
Georgette Sordellini
Media Coordinator for Team West Mass

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