New Pipeline Maps Now Available
Were you frustrated by the inaccurate nature of the pipeline route map we obtained from Kinder Morgan? You'll be happy to hear that we now have better ones!
The new ones are more recent (from January instead of last October) and are GIS generated maps of the pipeline route by county for both New York State and Massachusetts. We have a page for them on the website. Just click on the image to download a large, full resolution version of each map.
If you have GIS or other mapping skills, we would love to have you work with our team to identify which properties the pipeline is most likely to cross - identifying possible safety and environmental issues and to help outreach to landowners along the route. We have teams working on Hampshire and the western edge of Franklin County, but could really use some local folks in the further east and in Berkshire County to help get a grip on the details of what the pipeline would pass through. We sent the new maps to be cross-referenced with GIS data today, so more specific information about the natural resources impacted will be available soon. (New GIS-based maps have already been generated as of this update.)
If you feel can help out further, please contact us through the Focus Group Sign-Up Page.
Four important regional events coming
(along with many, many local gatherings on our Events Page).
FRIDAY - MARCH 21, 2014 - BOSTON
— Governors’ Forum on Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy - At this event, the candidates for Governor will engage in a moderated discussion on their views related climate change action, clean energy, jobs, sustainability, and the livability of our Commonwealth, as well as issues of climate change adaptation, energy efficiency and other related topics. Many pipeline activists are planning to attend this important conference.
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, March 21, 2014
1 Faneuil Hall Square , Boston, MA 02109
» Free tickets available through EventBrite
MONDAY - MARCH 31, 2014 - PITTSFIELD
— Presentation and Meeting: Senator Downing will introduce Craig Altemose, executive director of the Better Future Project. Mr. Altermose will speak about building a grassroots movement to address climate change. Followed by kick-off meeting of the Berkshire node of 350 Massachusetts - discussion will include the MA fossil fuel divestment bill and the TGP pipeline.
Berkshire Community College, Room K111
1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA
FRIDAY - APRIL 11, 2014 - BOSTON
— The 140th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable: New England Governors' Energy Infrastructure Proposals & ENE's EnergyVision (2050). We will hear from two of the state leaders in negotiations for increased clean energy and gas pipeline tariffs, Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy at Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Maine PUC Chairman Tom Welch. Ray Hepper, General Counsel and Vice President at ISO New England will then provide ISO's insights on these recent developments on energy infrastructure in New England and discuss how these requests by the Governors could be translated into tariffs as well as meeting New England's 2050 75-80% greenhouse gas reduction targets
Time: 9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Free and open to the public with no advanced registration!
SATURDAY - APRIL 12th - NORTHAMPTON
— Hampshire and Franklin Municipal Conference. One of the Individual sessions from 10:15-11:30 addresses Green Energy. Ben Downing, John Keenan, and Dwayne Breger were invited to talk to the issues given their roles as Chairs of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committees and Director of Renewable and Alternative Energy Development, Mass DOER. Senator Elizabeth Warren is the keynote speaker at 12:15.
For more info, check stanrosenberg.com.
Participants must pre-register by April 7.
One can register on line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton, sponsored by Hampshire and Franklin Municipalities.
NFGIM is now accepting donations by PayPal or check (or cash if we're meeting in real life), to cover growing operating expenses. If you'd like to help us cover these costs and other logistical expenses, please consider donating - any amount is helpful. Visit our Donate page to see how.
We are proud to have Berkshire Environmental Action Team as our fiscal sponsors (501c(3) ).
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Catch up on previous newsletters:
Issue 1 - Action Report: Steps you can take now!
February 22, 2014
Issue 2 - Updates from the Front Line
February 26, 2014
Issue 3 - Act This Week! Contact Your Legislators
March 3, 2014
Issue 4 - Pipeline Petition Now Collecting Signatures!
March 10, 2014
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