Come out, rally and be counted
Community members from throughout Western Mass will be holding a rally and march on Thursday, May 15 at 5 P.M. to demonstrate the widespread community opposition and to highlight the dangers to health and safety of the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline project.
The community will gather on Greenfield Common at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets across from Bank Row for a brief rally and then march to the J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA.
The march and rally is timed to end just as the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and The Franklin Regional Planning Board meeting begins. They will be hosting a presentation by representatives of Kinder Morgan about the proposed pipeline. Due to space limitations, there will be limited space for members of the public who must register in advance, leaving most area citizens out of the discussion. Members of the general public are invited to join citizen-activists for the rally and march instead.
The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions has just issued a letter to the Governor that, aside from addressing all other concerns, pinpoints the single-most egregious aspect of the Northeast Expansion Proposal; the fact that there has been no official public discourse on the project, leaving Kinder Morgan calling all the shots. This is a crucial blow from a state-wide association!
READ THE LETTER!
Brothers and Sisters - Pump up the Pressure
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Governor, you State Legislators and other state officials to voice opposition to the pipeline. Already have? Thought of more you'd like to say? Do it again! They need to hear from many voices, each unique, about why the pipeline is the wrong project in the wrong place.
— Janet Bradley of Windsor shared her very personal view of the proposed pipeline in a letter to the Governor with the Berkshire Eagle.
— After hearing the modest concessions offered to members of 350MA and their affiliates for their Climate Legacy Campaign, NFGiM's Rose Wessel felt compelled to send an updated request, urging the Governor to take direct action on the impending pipeline project, and is making sure to Cc key legislators and state officials.
— Vincent Premus of Pepperell shared his views with local press to help neighbors understand their role in shaping their future concerning the Northeast Expansion.
— In Sandisfield, the appearance of Kinder Morgan execs. for a public meeting was cause to get out the signs and have what some termed a "Community Reunion", bringing out some folks in the town of 800 people who hadn't seen eachother in quite some time.
Don't be shy about reaching out and letting your view be known. Have writer's block? Host a Letter-Writing Party with friends to share ideas and feedback.
You can find contact info for your elected officials on our Contact State Officials page.
To find your Legislator, click on the MA Legislature link and enter your zipcode in the "Find a Legislator" search box at the center panel of the page.
Nashoba Publishing highlights
landowner's concerns over pipeline
By Chelsea Feinstein
High Resolution Results
PEPPERELL -- Ruth Stevens has lived in a spacious house at the end of Bemis Road in Pepperell since 1982. On her quiet, dead-end street, signs caution that the land is part of an aquifer protection zone, and trees obscure many of the houses from view.
But her tranquil home could be disturbed if the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company goes forward with its proposal to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline through the region, which would cut a path straight down the length of her driveway.
"It's sad when you live on a piece of property for 30 years and you think it's going to be your retirement property and then something like this happens," said Stevens, who was approached by representatives from the company to have her land surveyed for the project.
If you're a landowner facing DPU proceedings, please check out our Landowners' Resources page. We will continue to add more information as we gather it.
Nashoba Land Trust presentation on the pipeline draws largest crowd yet
Photo courtesy of Green Dracut Reporter
More than 200 people from Pepperell, Townsend, Groton, Dracut and other affected communities gathered at the Pepperell Senior Center Wednesday for an information session hosted by Nashoba Conservation Trust to discuss a gas pipeline proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. that would run from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut. “It is our responsibility and our duty to be able to speak up about this,” said Ken Hartlage, president of NCT.
READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE LOWELL SUN
Lots of meetings concerning the pipeline coming up nearby in Townsend.
Check our events page.
On Monday, Chesterfield will be the 10th town to vote on a Resolution concerning the pipeline. So far nine out of nine have passed, and more are on the slate. Towns to pass resolutions so far are:
Pelham passed a resolution to ban fracking and the transport and storage of its products and waster. Other towns and cities are still joining in with Northampton and Richmond now drafting Resolutions for upcoming Special Town Meetings, and still others just starting their informational investigations into options for opposing the pipeline.
Richmond needs signatures!
An update from Richmond has come in. They need local townsfolk to take up the charge and gather signatures to get the newly drafted pipeline Resolution onto a warrant for a Special Town Meeting. Do your part and contact Melanie to help gather enough to get the Resolution up for a town vote!
Keep track of town meeting results on our Town Meetings Page.
TUESDAY – MAY 13 – WINDSOR
— Information Session on the proposed pipeline project at the Windsor Town Hall. Bruce Winn from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will give a presentation on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) route and its contents. Rosemary Wessel will also be on hand to answer questions.
The resolution against the proposed pipeline to carry gas from hydro-fracking through Windsor will be on the warrant for the next town meeting, 5/19/14.
Windsor Town Hall
Rte. 9, Windsor, MA
TUESDAY – MAY 13 – WARWICK
— Presentation by Kinder Morgan, followed by questions and answers.
Warwick Town Hall
THURSDAY – MAY 15 – TOWNSEND
— Informational meeting about the pipeline, held by the The town of Townsend. Showing of the documentary “Gasland”.
12 Dudley Road
THURSDAY – MAY 15 – GREENFIELD
— FRCOG Council & FRPB with Kinder Morgan about Proposed Pipeline Project*
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
J.W. Olver TransitCenter
12 Olive Street
» See FRPB & FRCOG Council Meeting Agenda 5-15-14
Organizer, Linda Dunlavy
413-774-3167 ext. 103
THURSDAY – MAY 15 – GREENFIELD
— RALLY AND MARCH TO ACCOMPANY FRCOG MEETING!
Rally and march starting at 5 P.M. to demonstrate the widespread community opposition to the Pipeline project. Gather on Greenfield Common at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets across from Bank Row for a brief rally and then march to the FRCOG / KM meeting location at the J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA.
For more information, please contact Jim Cutler – Hilltown Community Rights – 413-628-1505
FRIDAY – MAY 16 – ATHOL
— Viewing of Gasland Part II. Please watch the film, and then use the film to get others involved. Connect with organizations involved in dynamic campaigns across the country to stop fracking and support a real renewable energy future.
Bruce’s Browser & Cyber Café
1497 Main St
Athol, Massachusetts 01331
FREE and open to the public
READ MORE HERE … www.northquabbinenergy.org/wordpress
WEDNESDAY – MAY 21 — CANAAN, NY
— Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline Meeting. Come to discuss and adopt goals of this group. It is developing strategies and tactics while working to stop the PROPOSED pipeline coming through Columbia Co., NY, and three other NY counties. Columbia County towns affected by PROPOSED pipeline: Canaan, New Lebanon, Old Chatham, Malden Bridge. Come discuss strategy with us and offer your ideas. There are space limitations, so please RSVP, contact Robert Connors.
7:00 PM Sharp
Suggested arrival time: 6:30- 6:45 pm
1409 County Route 5
Canaan, NY 12029
THURSDAY – MAY 22 – TOWNSEND
— Showing of the documentary “Gasland II”.
12 Dudley Road
THURSDAY – JUNE 5 – TOWNSEND
— Nashoba Conservation Trust will present an informational program.
12 Dudley Road
SATURDAY – JUNE 21 – TOWNSEND
— BEAT / NFGiM Informational Presentation. Presentationa by Bruce Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.
Public Library Meeting Hall
12 Dudley Road
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