In Brooklyn, community organizers led a rally over the weekend urging the New York State Public Service Commission not to hike the monthly gas bill for over a million state customers to pay for the controversial North Brooklyn pipeline. The commission is expected to vote on the rate increase Thursday. The National Grid-owned pipeline would carry fracked gas through mostly Black and Brown neighborhoods in Brooklyn, despite bans on fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure in New York, as well as significant community opposition. Activists rallied against the plans over the weekend.
Aderinsola Babawale: “This is resource extraction. This is the continuation of colonialism. This is a history that they do not want to acknowledge, but we do. We see it. And we are calling it out for what it is. We do not need any more toxic infrastructure. We cannot heal in the same environment that is making us sick.”
Gabriel Jamison: “Our fight for environmental justice goes beyond the call of ending fracked gas. Our community in Brownsville demands power and dignity to transform its own community.”