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Posted on the 26 February 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

Second Tree-Sit Deployed Against Tennessee Pipeline!

Lotorto in an Eastern Hemlock

Lotorto in an Eastern Hemlock

Local resident Alex Lotorto has freeclimbed a tree to stop felling. When asked for statement Lotorto said, “Before she passed, my mother sold homes on top of Cummins Hill. These homes were valued for their scenic views and proximity to recreation in the forest. Her job in realty put food on the table for me and my family. I am sitting in this tree to defend the livelihoods of the people in this community.”

This past Saturday, February 23, 2013, 100 residents and friends marched against the Tennessee Pipeline across the Milford Bridge, from Milford, PA to Montague, NJ over the Delaware River. 

 The march, Milford’s first, was organized by the Stop the Tennessee Pipeline! campaign to show opposition to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that will transport shale gas for export and proposed natural gas power plants along the coast. Completion of the pipeline upgrade will almost ensure a full Marcellus Shale development scenario using the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. Currently, tree clearing is rapidly underway after permission was given by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb 14.
Richard Kinder, Texas pipeline baron

Richard Kinder, Texas pipeline baron

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Upgrade is a project of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of El Paso, which was acquired in 2012 by Kinder Morgan, America’s third largest energy firm. We’re talking big bucks and deep pockets. Richard Kinder is the Texas “pipeline baron” behind the dirty and destructive Tennessee Pipeline and is a huge advocate for exporting shale gas to foreign countries through his pipelines and LNG terminals. “Morgan” is his now retired business partner.

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