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Minisink residents seek supporters

April 23, 2014

TOWN OF MINISINK, NY — On May 1, the residents of the Town of Minisink who have been fighting the construction of the Minisink compressor station will finally have their day in federal court.

The residents are challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Millennium Pipeline Company and are appealing for a large number of people to turn out to impress on the court the importance of the case.

Spokeswoman Asha Canalos wrote, “We are creating new legal precedent that other communities can utilize nationally. If we are successful, we will be the first community to shut down brand new infrastructure (a compressor station), which means other communities will then be able to finally have a chance at that option also. It additionally means we will effectively shut down connections to two large power plants being planned and several miles of new lateral pipeline aiming to connect to the Minisink compressor, as well as slowing the flow of gas eastward toward the city and proposed liquid natural gas facilities (and hopefully questioning financial and logistical viability of more infrastructure). This is a significant moment in the history of our regional, national efforts, and we’re asking that people strongly consider being there to support us in the courtroom.”