Spectra Pipe line delivers Radon to New Yorkers for Dinner!

Tim DeChristopher rallies with NYC at Spectra Pipeline site. On November 2, 2013 protests includes civil disobedience as radon radioactive gas goes on line to be received by New York City kitchens, stoves, washing machines and shower water. Protest include peaceful civil disobedience.

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The Mothers Project, participated in New York City’s Annual LOISAIDA Festival, Sunday, May 27, 2012, raising awareness about gas drilling and radon filled gas coming to the city; most visitors to our booth were eager to add their signatures on the Mother’s Letter to Michelle Obama. The Project’s goal is one  million signatures from around the world to be presented to  Mrs. Obama in a public ceremony.
New York State is facing a grave crisis with their Governor threatening to overturn the ban on hydraulic fracturing that has been established by  Executive Order of the previous administration.   We continue to focus on the health crisis, especially for children, that is occurring as a result of hydraulic fracturing.

The Mothers Project saw the Loisaida Festival on the Lower East Side of Manahattan as an opporunity to raise awareness and  concerns about receiving RADON filled gas, especially to the young mothers-and there were many that stopped at our table to learn about frack gas drilling and that

              RADON filed gas would be coming to our city.

The Mothers Projects joins Damascus  Citizens for Sustainability-a grassroots group that established itself against  hydrofracking’s first assault on Pennsylvania soil-in its demand for  public hearings on RADON.   A formal letter was  publicly presented to New York City  Council Speaker Christine Quinn The Speaker and it has not been responded to so a second letter has been issued.

The Mothers Project wants to connect with local Moms through PTA’s, local civic groups, block associations and grassroots organizations concerned about children’s health. Help is needed to disseminate information about the coming

Radon crisis.

The Mother Project Strongly Supports these Efforts and Calls Upon Speaker Quinn to act on behalf of public health-especially children our most vulnerable citizens.

From Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. Press Release-July 20,2012: Radon New York City: 16 Block Associations, more Legislators, Manhattan BP, Businesses and NYC Residents Join the Concern over Radon for Dinner!

          …Asking Speaker Quinn Again for Hearings on Radon in Marcellus Gas Coming to NYC

Block associations representing 16 block associations, both separately and as larger associations, more businesses, legislators and individuals on learning of the risks and unanswered questions regarding radon coming into New York City homes and businesses with Marcellus gas have joined the call for City Council hearings on these matters. They have joined the original over 50 organizational signatories to the LETTER to Speaker Quinn, sent June 1, “for her assistance in holding joint hearings of the Committee on Environmental Protection and the Committee on Health as soon as possible on an environmental issue with very serious potential public health implications – the potential for exposing every New York household that uses natural gas to dangerous levels of cancer-causing radioactive radon.” The Greenwich Village Block Associations in their sign on asks for these hearings and a public discussion on the NJ-NY Expansion Project, also known as the Spectra Pipeline, “as this project potentially represents a separate threat to our safety.”

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability(DCS) and NYH2O did not receive a reply so we have sent a  second letter

From the first letter, “The consequences of introducing Marcellus shale gas into domestic natural gas markets in New York City could create a public health emergency, the potential for which neither the current City Administration nor Con Ed is taking seriously. It is the absence of such a systematic evaluation of whether Marcellus shale gas will be distributed in New York City and the lack of any formal assessment of the public health risks of doing so that has led us to turn to the Council for leadership and support on this issue

Gas from Marcellus wells has more radioactivity in it than any other area and will arrive quickly so there is little time for decay of the radioactivity to happen in transit. Jeff Zimmerman, DCS and NYH2O attorney said, “Frankly, it’s astounding to me that the government agencies that are charged with protecting the health and welfare of the public have not woken up to the fact that the same natural gas that is supposed to be less polluting when burned is actually going to cause more lung cancer in epidemic quantities. Radon is the 500 pound gorilla sitting in the corner that everyone wants to ignore but that isn’t going away. Our letter to the City Council is a wakeup call for action. We need to take this very seriously starting right now before this highly radioactive gas shows up in every gas stove in the metro area

As Bill Borock, President of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations put in his letter endorsing the request for hearings

“[Even after a] lively discussion…we did not get all the answers and lots of questions remain as to what if any dangers we New Yorkers might face if the pipelines come to fruition.

As a consequence of the uncertainty about this very important issue, the Council of Chelsea Block Associations is asking you [Speaker Quinn] to arrange for the appropriate City Council committees to schedule and hold hearings so that these very important health and energy issues can be addressed by the appropriate experts.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Senator Tony Avella (11th Senate District) in Queens and Assemblyperson Deborah Glick (66 Assembly District in Manhattan), have added their voices to request hearings, joining New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano (28th Senate District) and New York State Assemblypersons James Brennan (Assembly District 44) and William Colton (Assembly District 47) who are signers on the first letter.

The groups that have signed the letter are businesses, environmental, civic and residential and represent thousands of New Yorkers. More endorsements for holding hearings on this important issue are still coming in. “We cannot ignore the health consequences of high radon levels coming into peoples’ homes. A hot meal is not supposed to mean radioactive!”, said B. Arrindell, Director of Damascus Citizens. She continued, “Children are most susceptible to radon damage – we have to look into this issue and we are looking to Speaker Quinn for leadership.”

Workers in kitchens, plumbers and even subway workers may be exposed to high levels of radon or decay products (lead and polonium) that are also dangerous.

What are the actual hazards? Only a hearing will bring out the details and impacts, and we are sure, further questions. The New York Times published an informative article on the hazards of Radon.

NYH2O and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) will continue to collect signatures via email dcs@DamascusCitizens.org See all endorsements.

In their fifth year, environmental advocacy groups, NYH2O and DCS both began in response to the threat of shale gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin and are dedicated to protecting clean water, air and land as basic human rights and the drinking water we all need.

For Information on Letter to Speaker Quinn:
NYH2O 561 Broadway, Suite 8D, New York, NY 10012 info@nyh2o.org
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability dcs@ DamascusCitizens.org
Milanville, PA PO Box 147,

For Information on Mothers Resist Radon Campaign email: afafox@aol.com