Join the Phone Blockade at the FERC-us

Join the Phone Blockade at the FERC-us

Call (800) 588-9991 right now and back up front line communities rallying on the ground? Our FERCus bot will help you connect to the commissioners.

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Update — Right now our team is wrapping up a big march through downtown D.C. where they’ve occupied the lobbies of some of Fracking’s most notorious companies: Spectra Energy (which is building pipelines across the northeast); the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA, the lobby group for frackers here in D.C.); And even NPR – which takes money from the fracking industry to air blatantly pro-gas ads on shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered; and, of course, FERC headquarters on first street. We’re also receiving reports that some of the commissioners have shut off their phones or are refusing our calls. This is a good sign that our calls are making an impact! If you don’t get through on your first try, please call back and try leaving a message for a different commissioner, and this time leave off the 800 (so just dial 1, not 8001) or push 6 to connect to the General Mailbox.

Today is the last day of our #FERCus blockade — a whole week of creative actions to shut down FERC and block fracked gas. FERC is supposed to regulate the gas industry, yet it constantly approves dangerous fracked gas projects like interstate pipelines, compressor stations and LNG projects. They ignore the communities who are hurt by these projects’ devastating health, economic, environmental and climate impacts. Yesterday, we met up with Divestment leaders from across the east coast to stage an impromptu teach in as part of a coordinated campaign to get the DC city council, and dozens of universities, cities and institutions to divest from fossil fuels — including fracked gas and pipelines. Earlier in the week, five protesters were arrested right before an interfaith vigil outside FERC. Clergy from several faiths urged FERC to “listen to the earth” as they consider the impacts of fracking and fracking-related projects. And on Tuesday, front line communities blockaded the main entrance to FERC with a giant, 50 foot banner. At the same time, a separate team staged a daring, colorful action right behind FERC on North Capitol Street (just a few blocks from Congress and NPR) that featured a brave fracktivist climber dangling several feet from the ground with a banner opposed to fracking and fracked gas infrastructure (check out Facebook for photos)

But while FERC employees deal with us out in the streets, the FERC commissioners are sitting comfortably in their air conditioned office, tying to ignore all the communities they’re hurting with gas pipelines, compressor stations and LNG terminals. That’s why we need you to follow through, pick up the phone and call FERC now.

Here’s the instructions:

Call (800) 588-9991 & use your touch-tone phone to get connected to one of FERC’s commissioners. Make sure to say that you’re “calling to stop new permits, repeal the old ones, and end the FERC-us” that way they’ll know you’re with us. You should also feel free to talk about any specific projects and concerns you have – we’ve tried to make it easy to connect to the most applicable commissioner.

  1. Press 1 to leave a Message for FERC chair Norman Bay.
  2. Press 2 if you’re calling about Penn East, Port Ambrose, Seneca Lake, or any other project in the Northeast, and we’ll connect you to commissioner Cheryl Lafleur of Massachusetts.
  3. Press 3 if you’re calling about Jordan Cove, California or any west-coast projects to get connected to Commissioner Moeller of Washington State.
  4. Press 4 if you’re calling about the dominion pipeline in Virginia, or an other project in the Southeast and we’ll connect you to Commissioner Colette Honorable, of Arkansas.
  5. Press 5 if you’re calling from Colorado, Montana, Texas or the Dakotas, and we’ll connect you to Commissioner Tony Clark of North Dakota.
  6. If you’re not sure, just press 6 or stay on the line and we’ll connect you to the general line.

This isn’t the end of our fight to stop FERC and fracking, but it’s sure been a fun stop along the way. Call FERC now and tell them to stop the #FERCus – and then take a moment to marvel in all the amazing artwork, actions, and people who made this week possible. A sampling of photos are below