Minisink, NY, located in Orange County (pop. approx. 5,000) consists of 3 hamlets: Westtown, Unionville, and Johnson. It is a largely agricultural township, being located in NY’s prized ‘Black Dirt Region.’ However, with Minisink’s close proximity to NYC, we are
Minisink Matters Our Mission: Minisink Matters endeavors to give a meaningful voice to the Minisink community of Orange County, NY. We are committed to remaining informed, unified, and vocal in regard to the decisions being made in our community
Here is a selection of press releases, and in the next section you will find links to our most relevant legal documents. Press Releases RALLY TO PROTECT NY FARMS in UNION SQUARE PARK ON OCTOBER 26th Press Release 10-16
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Minisink, NY, Sept. 8th, 2014– Dozens of emergency vehicles rushed into Minisink and blocked Jacobs Rd. last night when a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity of the Minisink Compressor, shortly after 7:00 p.m. Volunteer Fire Department officials reported the leak to Millennium/Columbia Gas, and waited over an hour on Jacobs Rd. with fire and EMS vehicles stationed all along the road. Columbia Gas representatives arrived at approximately 8:45 p.m. and deemed the situation as safe, before dispersing the emergency response units.
Families in Minisink are disturbed by the lack of communication from Millennium during this event, and the length of time it took gas company officials to arrive. Many Minisink residents live with heart conditions, auto-immune diseases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other health concerns; these emergency events are not only challenging on a logistical level, they directly impact stress levels, and therefore the health, of individuals living with chronic ailments.
This concerning event occurred just three weeks after the Minisink community learned they had lost their case against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Millennium Pipeline, Inc. at the U.S. Court of Appeals. Legal options going forward are being discussed with the community’s lawyer, D.C.-based Carolyn Elefant.
On Monday July 7 2014, Millennium Pipeline Company will be performing an annual Emergency Shutdown Test (EST) at the Minisink Compressor Station. Millennium Pipeline Company, with FERC and NYSDEP approval, will be venting natural gas and other emissions into the
Our ally and colleague, Maura Stephens, in conjunction with VICE journalist Peter Rugh’s recent light-shedding and very publicly received article on Minisink, has launched an articulate, formidable petition and campaign concerning the appalling lack of action by Senators Gillibrand and
Many Thanks to journalist Peter Rugh for trekking up to Minisink to see it all for himself, and writing this piece for VICE News about our continued struggle, our story. The original piece was published June 19th and can be