SEPTA’s new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion

An op-ed in The Inquirer last week, titled SEPTA’s new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion, by Cindy Bass, for the Inquirer “Race is the biggest indicator in the U.S. of whether you live near toxic waste.” That’s what a Quartz author concluded after reviewing a 2016 study published in the scientific journal Environmental Research … Continue reading SEPTA’s new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion

6 State Legislators Recognize Environmental Racism, Call To Rescind Air Permit for SEPTA Gas Plant

Just last week, before the 2nd appeal hearing before the L&I Review Board, 6 state legislators recognized environmental racism, and called on the Board to rescind the air permit for SEPTA’s polluting gas-fired power plant in Nicetown. Check out the text below, or download a PDF copy. And please thank your legislators! June 8, 2018 Mr. … Continue reading 6 State Legislators Recognize Environmental Racism, Call To Rescind Air Permit for SEPTA Gas Plant

Citizens Appeal AMS permit for SEPTA gas plant

On November 29th, 2017, Philadelphia’s Air Management Services office (a division of the Department of Public Health) gave SEPTA the green light to build a fracked gas power plant in Nicetown. This is despite a packed public hearing on June 27th, hundreds of written comments opposing the plant, and requests from members of City Council … Continue reading Citizens Appeal AMS permit for SEPTA gas plant

Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant

The proposed SEPTA gas-to-electric power plant. We’ve spoken at SEPTA board meetings, met with SEPTA management, gone door-to-door canvassing neighbors, educated politicians, convinced over 50 organizations of our perspective, and yet, our transit agency is set on building this plant. With assistance from expert advisors, volunteers at 350 Philly have written several reports and memos … Continue reading Citizen research on SEPTA’s Proposed Gas Plant

Hey SEPTA, we want an emissions-free transit system!

Hey SEPTA! We want our trains, subways, trolleys and buses to be powered by 100% renewable energy. The City of Philadelphia has committed to ambitious renewable energy goals. Now it’s time for SEPTA to do the same. This was the message delivered by 350 Philly and 15 other organizations last week. See below. 350philadelphia.org * … Continue reading Hey SEPTA, we want an emissions-free transit system!

Air Management: Please don’t OK SEPTA gas plant 

Please join us at a hearing sponsored by Philadelphia’s Air Management Services (AMS). It’s about approving SEPTA’s gas power plant in Nicetown. AMS has said they want to hear us. And we need AMS to deny a permit for SEPTA’s gas plant. Several of us plan to testify why AMS should reject the plant. We’ll … Continue reading Air Management: Please don’t OK SEPTA gas plant 

SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant

SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant The SEPTA Board of Directors will vote this Thursday, March 23, on a resolution to ratify approval of a natural gas power plant near Wayne Junction in Nicetown. There has been no serious justification for this unnecessary project beyond the buzzword “resiliency.” … Continue reading SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant

Letters to SEPTA, Tweets to Mayor – Hear Us Now

Last November, the SEPTA board walked out on a roomful of us. Over the winter, our grassroots group sued the transit agency. And began asking Councilwoman Bass to stand with us and block construction of the gas plant. She could do that by rezoning the proposed site. A few days ago, Councilwoman Bass issued a … Continue reading Letters to SEPTA, Tweets to Mayor – Hear Us Now

Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant

Below is text of a letter by Philadelphia Councilwoman Bass. To view on her letterhead, click on image to right. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2017 Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant “I have long held SEPTA in high regard when it comes to its ability to move more than 3.9 million … Continue reading Councilwoman Bass Statement on SEPTA’s Nicetown Natural Gas Plant

SEPTA’s November Board meeting

On November 17th, amidst chants of protest from an audience of more than 50 supporters of Fossil Free SEPTA, SEPTA Board voted to approve the plan for a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. We are grateful to everyone who came out to join our public filibuster! Since so many people packed the board room, … Continue reading SEPTA’s November Board meeting