On Sunday, Oct 30, members of area tribes and their allies will hold a prayer ceremony on the Ramapough land to stop the Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline, whose turn on date is set for November 1. The high pressure fracked gas pipeline crosses through the Lenape sacred land, under the Hudson River, intersecting two earthquake fault lines, and within 105 feet from critical safety infrastructure at the leaky Indian Point Nuclear Reactor, just thirty miles upriver from New York City.
The effort is being hosted by an Indigenous-led coalition, invited by Chief Dwaine Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Nation and supported by other original peoples such as the Mohawk, Onondaga, Narragansett, Mexica, Otomi and Taino communities. This prayer is to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their efforts to protect their water from an oil pipeline, raise awareness of the Spectra fracked gas project that threatens our air as well as our water, and begin a dialogue about the shared vulnerabilities caused by this massive fossil fuel buildout across America. Indigenous people have been on the frontline of toxic pollution for decades, if not centuries. This prayer camp is not far from the shadow of a massive CPV Compressor station; Spectra has already been through the Ramapough land and the Pilgrim pipeline is headed that way, all in the wake of toxic dumping by the Ford company in Ringwood in the 70’s.
Actress Shailene Woodley, recently arrested in Standing Rock North Dakota, has taken notice of this dangerous pipeline and stands in support of all of those working to thwart the onslaught of the exponential buildout of fossil fuel transport and storage infrastructure in New York.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline, my friends, is not another time to ignore, mistreat and turn a blind eye to Native Americans. But it is time to guarantee the safety of Manhattan—despite the soon-to-be-fueled gas pipeline called AIM. (For all of you in the tri-state area, this is being built under a failing nuclear plant. Fukushima only happened five years ago. This plant is just about as far from Manhattan as the U.S. government told Americans to keep away from Fukushima to protect them from a worst-case scenario. Look it up and do something about it.) We have the technology for renewable energy, and it’s up to us to begin utilizing it.” –TIME (October 2016)
Governor Cuomo, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and other elected officials have called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop the Spectra pipeline project, pending further independent analysis of the risk to public safety. FERC has denied these polite requests and the drilling and destruction continues. Leading independent nuclear, pipeline safety and disaster experts have repeatedly warned that this pipeline poses an unacceptable risk to the entire NY Tri-State area. As Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University said, “From a public health perspective, this project should not be allowed to proceed.”
New Yorkers’ responsibility to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their fight for clean water and protection of their sacred land is further solidified by the recent announcement that Enbridge (Dakota Access Pipeline stakeholder) will be merging with Spectra, the company delivering this catastrophic AIM pipeline project.
WHAT: Unity Circle to Stop the AIM Pipeline
WHO: The Ramapough Nation & Other Area TribeThe Action Center
The Center for Earth Ethics
Earth Guardians NY
Redhawk Native American Arts Council
Waterfall Unity Alliance
WHERE: 95 Halifax Rd., Mawah, NJ
WHEN: Sunday, October 30th 12:00pm-Sunset