For the last 17 months, Beyond Extreme Energy has been interrupting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly meetings. These disruptions shine a huge spotlight on FERC’s rubber stamping of fracked gas infrastructure. In February, for instance, Chairman Norman Bay was interviewed on Bloomberg Markets and had to respond to our actions when asked by a reporter.1
Last Thursday, four members of the faith community stood up at FERC to deliver a moral message to the commissioners. After Chairman Bay gaveled the meeting to order, Natalie Pien rose to her feet without invitation and began speaking.
“My name is Natalie Pien, a Unitarian Universalist from Leesburg, VA. Your approvals of fracked gas projects are morally, ethically and spiritually wrong! It is against my faith. The Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle is ‘Respect for the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.’ Your approvals are destroying the web. NO NEW PERMITS! FERC DOESN’T WORK!”2
As she spoke, security escorted her out. Sweeping opposition under the rug like that is what FERC is good at. Beyond Extreme Energy seeks to end FERC’s permitting of fossil fuel infrastructure by bringing them into the light of day. Please consider making a generous donation today to sustain our unceasing exposure of FERC.
In the last month alone, for example, not only did we disrupt FERC at their commission meeting, which you can read more about here, we also held two highly public actions to tell the story of FERC’s corruption to the wider world. In one, we served pancakes to FERC employees to highlight the story of a family directly impacted by a FERC decision.3 In another, we highlighted how FERC is “Dunkin’ Democracy” by receiving its funding from the industry they’re supposed to regulate.4
The next big project we’re working on is called the Rubber Stamp Rebellion. From May 15-22, not only will we be in DC using direct action to expose FERC, but we’ll also be working with our friends and allies around the country to further other campaigns to bring an end to the fossil fuel empire.
We wouldn’t be able to create powerful actions like the Rubber Stamp Rebellion without your financial support. By donating here to Beyond Extreme Energy, you will be helping shine the light of public scrutiny into a dark place.
Lee Stewart for Beyond Extreme Energy and Environmental Action
1 – Bloomberg for Television, Inside the New Era for USA Energy, February 26, 2016
2 – Lee Stewart, “Protestify”, BXE Blog, April 24, 2016
3- BXE, Filmmaker Josh Fox and six others arrested at pancake-cooking action at FERC, BXE Blog, March 24, 2016
4 – Lee Stewart, Dunkin’ Democracy, BXE blog, April 13, 2016