An Act of Civil Disobedience

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Aerial view of Indian Point Power Plant

CORTLANDT, NY — December 6, 2018 — On October 10, 2016, several of us climbed over the fence surrounding the Spectra pipeline construction adjacent to the Indian Point nuclear power facility on the banks of the Hudson River in Cortlandt Manor, NewYork.

The purpose of our civil disobedience was to delay the placement of 42-inch diameter pipes under the Hudson River; 105 feet from Indian Point.  The pipes were designed to carry pressurized fracked gas from Pennsylvania shale fields through New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts to the New England coast for export. 

SANE Energy Project’s mission is to replace fracked gas infrastructure with community-led, sustainable energy. Many of us had attended meetings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in hope of averting Spectra’s plan. Local elected officials had spoken out against the pipeline, and we wrote, called and visited the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Andrew Cuomo, to no avail.

When we went to trial Cortlandt Judge Kimberly Ragazzo ruled the necessity defense would be allowed.  This meant that we would be allowed to argue that our actions were necessary to prevent a greater and imminent harm. This is historic because it is so rare for the necessity defense to be accepted as a legal defense in a court case.  

Our lawyer, David Dorfman, was  brilliant in exposing the dangers of a gas pipeline so near a nuclear power plant and in laying out the case we made for protecting the health and safety of our community.

On January 8, Judge Ragazzo will hand down her ruling on the case in the court room at Cortlandt Town Hall, Cortlandt, New York.

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  1. Hopefully, the Judge will give you the max.
    Ask yourself, if you realize your goal, what are you going to do to employ those, who work for the evil fracking empire and all the incidental jobs the pipeline will create? Do you see a great issue with the US exporting energy? Is that such a horror?
    What energy source does SANE promote, and what company/lobby is funding SANE? Because, there is always a man behind the curtain. Finally, of the three politicians you list, I doubt any actually give a damn about your nonsense, unless your bankroller starts sending funds in their direction. Business is money, and money is reelection.

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