After repeated and fruitless efforts to secure the attention of decision makers, we the people are increasingly turning to our last option—protest, civil disobedience and both legal and beyond-legal exercises of our first amendment rights—to be heard. Elected and appointed officials may try to dismiss these public displays of dissatisfaction and demands for environmentally responsible decision-making, but in doing so they are galvanizing public protest and outcry.
In February 2012, the environmental community
|The DRBC Commissioners|
DRBC is comprised of the governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the federal delegate. The governors serve by virtue of their office; we the people elected them to those offices. But the Commissioners were clearly not listening to us.
After seven months, frustrated environmental
Remarkably, in January 2013, DRBC admitted they got it wrong when they failed to exercise jurisdiction over two pipelines that were among those specifically mentioned in DRN's many requests and that, by January, had already been built. The construction and subsequent
By ignoring the public’s interest, the DRBC spurred public action. We wrote the DRBC before their March meeting to say there was still time to avoid the harms to be inflicted by pipelines, and submitted a formal petition calling for DRBC action. We made clear that we the people expected our request to be addressed and that we expected a meaningfulopportunity to be heard before votes were cast.
At that moment, we the people took over the meeting to send a message to the DRBC. We held a People's Hearing; people testified in an orderly fashion, unconstrained by a time clock. Our hearing concluded with the presentation of a resolution that would commit DRBC to exercise jurisdiction over
It was important for the public to take back control of this public agency, even for these few hours. Clean water, clean air, healthy food grown from healthy land are fundamental
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