Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) Live from the frontlines of the fracked gas buildout

Start: Thursday, April 23, 202012:00 PM


On April 22-24, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization demanding action on the climate emergency.

Live online from the 'virtual' front door of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Beyond Extreme Energy will broadcast a conversation with activists from Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on the frontlines of the US Fracked Gas Buildout.

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FERC has approved permits for nearly every single fracked gas pipeline and gas infrastructure project that gas industry companies have ever submitted to them. And even during the ongoing pandemic crisis, FERC continues to hold commissioners' meetings, continues to allow pipeline construction, and continues to approve new fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, export terminals, and more.

We'll share the other side of the story - bringing you a live, personal conversation amongst advocates who live in the path of those pipelines, compressors and export terminals. We heard many such stories of the harm FERC is causing and the resistance to it during our BXE FERC Into FREC (Federal Renewable Energy Commission) road show last year. We traveled from western PA, through West Virginia, Virginia, and the Carolinas, and ending in Georgia at the Elba Island gas export terminal.

Here are the bios of the people who will be speaking on the call:

Donna Chavis is founder of the RedTailed Hawk Collective. She has over 40 years of experience advocating for environmental, social and economic justice and is currently a leader in resistance against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other gas industry infrastructure in her area. She resides in Robeson County, NC which is her ancestral home of the Lumbee Indian Tribe.

Allie Rosenbluth is the Campaigns Director at Rogue Climate, a grassroots organization with a mission to empower southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change. She coordinates a coalition of community organizations, Tribal members, impacted landowners, conservation groups, and others across the region to stop the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and fracked gas pipeline.

Juan B. Mancias is Tribal Chairman of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, was born and raised in Plainview, Texas. In recent years he has organized marches against Dos Republicos Coal mine, which produces substandard coal sold to Mexico, and proposed LNG terminal/pipeline sites. He focuses on building resistance to the fossil fuel industry and its abusive impact on the environment, raising awareness of the destruction of border wall construction, organizing assistance to asylum refugees, reclaiming and protecting his tribe’s ancestral lands, and decolonizing tribal people and others.

Michael Bagdes-Canning is a husband (Karen, 41 years), father, grandfather, retired teacher, organizer with Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB), co-founder of the Better Path Coalition, a member of the Pennsylvania Poor People's Campaign Coordinating Committee and an elected official. For the past 10 years he has been involved in the fight against fracking, including local, regional, and national campaigns.

Crystal Mello is a local pipeline resister, grandma, and sometimes tree sitter against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.