SCOPING COMMENT REMINDERS!
MA State Senate President Rosenberg's office will be accepting comments to be hand-delivered to FERC up through September 25th. Visit Sen. Rosenberg's FERC web portal for more information.
Final Scoping Meeting:
September 29, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Even if you've attended previous Scoping Meetings, please consider this another opportunity to bring up further concerns, and to support our neighbors in Cheshire Co., NH in opposing NED!
Franklin Pierce University, Field House
Scoping Comment Deadline:
October 16, 2015.
» Read more about submitting scoping comments here
Kinder Morgan's intended filling date
We've received no word that they plan to file later than October 24, 2015, despite the later FERC comment deadline. It is the company's discretion on when to file.
No Fracked Gas in Mass, MassPLAN and Berkshire Environmental Action Team are Mass Power Forward supporting organizations! Please consider signing on support this campaign as well!
Please join us and attend a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 29th!
MA Power Forward launched an 100+ organization campaign this month to ensure that our state leaders make the right decisions for our economy, our climate and our future. On September 29, a key energy hearing is coming up in Boston, and we need to show state legislators just how powerful our communities are.
» Visit Mass Power Forward for more info!
It's hard to explain how significant this fall is for the climate. Our state may seem like a small piece of the puzzle, but people are watching what we do: as the Pope visits the United States, clashing with climate deniers, and the federal governments struggles to advance the Clean Power Plan, Massachusetts is considering billion-dollar investments in clean energy––and also in fossil fuels.
The choices we make set the high bar for New England, our nation and the world. We have to take the right path forward, and the fork in the road is coming our way swiftly.
» PLEASE JOIN US IN BOSTON for these crucial energy policy hearings!
*This event is not yet on the legislature's online schedule. Sen. Downing's office confirmed that it is on and they expect it to show up on the schedule this week.
All the best, Your Mass Power Forward Planning Team
P.S. If you can't make it, but have questions, please feel free to reach out to Joel Wool at email@example.com
*Can't make it to Boston?
Please call or email your State Representative and House Speaker DeLeo with this simple message:
"Hello. My name is ___ and I am calling as part of the Mass Power Forward campaign. I oppose subsidies for new gas pipelines and urge the legislature to invest in diverse, clean energy resources like energy efficiency, offshore wind and solar."
• House Speaker DeLeo:
617-722-2500 • Email: Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov
• Look up your Legislators' contact info here
Punch in your zip code in the top section to find your House Rep. & Senator
— If you have more time, contacting your State Senator and State Sen. President Stanley Rosenberg is a good idea as well!
Background on the Bills being heard on Sept. 29:
• S. 1757-Sen. Downing
An Act relative to clean energy resources
• H. 2881-Rep. Haddad
An Act to promote energy diversity
— Support offshore wind provisions in H2881
— Oppose pipeline subsidies - "pipeline tariff" - in the same legislation
THIS bill includes THIS section:
SECTION 13. The department of public utilities shall establish a tariff to be paid and for the purpose of the construction of additional gas pipeline capacity.
These two bills, along with the Governor's bill S. 1965, are expected to move at a breakneck speed this fall into a large omnibus bill. Word on the street is trying to be finalized before Christmas.... these are likely to be some of the biggest policy decisions on gas/coal/hydro/off-shore wind, that have been made in a long time and will have major ripple effects.
• S. 1965-Gov. Baker
An Act relative to energy sector compliance with the Global Warming Solutions Act
— Support good hydro policy
• H. 3724- Gov. Baker
An Act relative to a long-term, sustainable solar industry
— Oppose this solar bill
"...directly endangers the viability of solar for renters, low-income communities, municipalities, and even MassDOT's solar projects. It is based on false assumptions that ignore or seriously discount the value of solar to the power grid..."
» Read more from Mass Solar
More information on current energy Legislation:
» View guidelines to Clean Energy Legislation
» Side-by-Side Comparison of Clean Energy Resource Legislation
Also happening on Beacon Hill
MA Rep. Kulik pushes for change at the DPU
After MA State Representative Steve Kulik and the citizens' group PLAN for the Northeast were denied internevor status in the Department of Public Utilities proceedings for local gas distribution companies seeking contracts for NED, Rep. Kulik has now filed legislation to change the rules.
» Read the Bill
As recently stated in the Daily Hampshire Gazette:
"From the earliest intimations that a gas pipeline would stretch through parts of his district, state Rep. Stephen Kulik has proven dogged in his push for an open and complete regulatory review process."
This new proposal is quickly gaining support among the Legislature.
Petitioners: Stephen Kulik, Jay D. Livingstone, Stephen L. DiNatale, Steven Ultrino, Bradley H. Jones, Jr., Ellen Story, Susannah M. Whipps Lee, Colleen M. Garry, Byron Rushing, Michelle M. DuBois, Frank I. Smizik, Linda Dean Campbell, Paul McMurtry, David M. Rogers, Denise Provost, Chris Walsh, Barbara L'Italien, Gailanne M. Cariddi, James R. Miceli, Peter V. Kocot, Paul W. Mark, Louis L. Kafka, Dennis A. Rosa
SUNDAY — SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 — W. CUMMINGTON, MA
Singing Bridge’s 2nd Annual Fall Music Festival /
We welcome you to the Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge, on the Westfield River in the beautiful Hilltowns to join us for our 2nd Annual Fall Music Festival / 2nd Anti-Pipeline Benefit and potluck! Proceeds are going towards funds for legal action to stop this pipeline from harming our precious land, waters, and air.
We will be featuring local musicians including:
The Gaea Star Band
Gaea Star Goddess Show
Maya Apfelbaum, Goddess Stilt Dancer
Sliding scale suggested donation ~ $10-$20
Children ~ free
Larger gifts to help keep the fight going
Smaller gifts if it's all you can give
12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge
21 West Main Street
West Cummington, MA (just off of route 9)
Wind Turbine Events from MassEnergy.org
Lynn wind turbine tour & signing
Join us to tour and sign the inside of the wind turbine at Lynn's Wastewater Treatment Facility! We may have electric vehicles to test drive!
Coffee and refreshments provided. Kid-friendly!
Lynn Wastewater Treatment Facility
2 Circle Ave, Lynn MA
Saturday, September 26th at 10:30am
» More info / RSVP by Sept 24th Online
Medford Harvest Your Energy Festival
For the 6th year in a row, Mass Energy joins the City of Medford and Go Green Medford to welcome you to the Medford Harvest Your Energy Festival on October 3rd.
Kid-friendly! Tons of energy-themed activities, including:
• Kids Bike Rodeo will teach bike safety skills to children, plus 5 minute skills sessions for adults (bring your bikes and helmets)
• Presentation of the Medford Green Awards
• Tours of “Windy” the Wind Turbine
• Live music, entertainment, and local artists
• Information about sustainable energy for your home & lifestyle
• Tasty treats from local food vendors
• Raffle prizes from local companies
Saturday, October 3, 2015 • 12pm - 3pm
Mystic Riverbend Park (behind McGlynn School),
Medford, MA 02155.
NO RSVP necessary.
In case of rain, the event will be held in the McGlynn School Cafeteria.
These events are free and open to the public. Please join us!
Regular weekly vigils and protests
Another weekly vigil joins the ranks. Protests now ongoing in Northfield and Pittsfield, MA and Winchester NH.
» See the Schedule and consider starting one in your area!
» New Events on No Fracked Gas in Mass
Preparing for the next phase ...
With Kinder Morgan planning to file its official application with FERC at the end of next month, we'll be keeping you up to date with info on filing for intervenor status and other filing-phase participation ideas.
Please help keep our efforts going!
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