Take Action to Protect Organic Farms!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering whether to approve the new ET Rover pipeline, which would transport fracked natural gas through Ohio and Michigan and into Canada. This 380 mile pipeline will impact many Ohio farms, crossing 18 counties and requiring the construction of five compressor stations.
James Yoder is a fourth generation farmer at Clover Meadow Farm in Apple Creek, Ohio. He rotates Jersey cows on the 66 acre farm, moving fence three times a day for the animals to graze on the freshest pasture.
James is the kind of young, enthusiastic farmer that American agriculture needs. His organic dairy farm is filling the growing consumer demand for organic milk and makes his small herd economically sustainable, helping to ensure the farm can be passed on to the next generation.
Nestled in the hills, the farm has an idyllic countryside view of neighboring farms, trees, and homes. Now, this view, and so much more, are in jeopardy.
ET Rover’s two 42” pipelines will run diagonally across 11 acres of his pasture. James asked the company for one thing: take measures to protect his organic certification. So far, they have not agreed to take any special precautions.
Clover Meadow Farm should not be sacrificed for company profits or for gas shipped to other countries.
Please take a few minutes and tell FERC we do not need these pipelines and that every measure should be taken to protect organic family farms. Let them know that:
- Ohio cannot afford to lose farmland to pipeline construction.
- Organic farms are vulnerable to loss of certification, soil destruction, and ecosystem damage. Where possible, routes should avoid organic and transitioning farms.
- Any pipeline construction on organic farms should follow the OEFFA organic agriculture impact mitigation plan.
- Organic farming is a growing industry. Consumers want access to Ohio-grown organic food.
Help protect James and other organic farmers!
Let FERC know we care about healthy, local food!
To comment, go to FERC’s website, click on the e-comment box, and fill out your information. They will send you an e-mail with a comment link and instructions. When you follow the link, enter CP15-93-000 in the Docket Number box, click on search, and when the ET Rover Pipeline docket appears, click the blue plus sign, and enter your comments.
Thank you for making a difference for James and farmers like him!