Opportunity to Comment to Federal Government on “New England Infrastructure Constraints”
Extremely short notice! Tomorrow (Monday, April 21) a meeting is taking place in Providence and Hartford – details here: Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Public Meeting: Infrastructure Constraints in New England
Please send a comment here: QERcomments@hq.doe.gov
Even if you don’t have time to develop a thorough statement, at least let our voices be heard in numbers! We do not need more fossil fuel infrastructure. Subsidies that would be going to the natural gas industry via a proposed tariff on our electric bills should be directed to sustainable, renewable sources and development of electrical storage capacity for those sources.
And if you’re available, go to the meeting in Hartford or Providence!
The Hills Are Alive
Lots of action in the Hilltowns this week and next
MONDAY - APRIL 21, 2014 - WORTHINGTON
— Worthington Informational Meeting Monday Night!
Friends, On April 1 a few of us from Worthington attended the Chesterfield informational meeting concerning the proposed high-pressure natural gas pipeline that would cross the northern tier of our state from Richmond, through the Berkshires, to Dracut.
Jane Winn of BEAT will be talking about the basics of "fracking," the proposed pipeline route the nature of the pipeline and its contents, environmental and health issues, economic and regulatory issues, and issues of permitting and eminent domain. Question and answer time to follow, along with a discussion with Rose Wessel of NFGiM, about the rights of citizens to have a say in the pipeline approval process, what alternatives can help bring more energy to our region instead, and the role we all can play.
PLEASE come on Monday, April 21, to learn and to express your views and concerns. We hope that there will be an enthusiastic response to learning about what might alter forever the landscape of Massachusetts and change the nature of our carbon footprint. There will be refreshments.
Sincerely, Joel Upton, Sara Upton and Jackie Gauger
Worthington Town Hall
Rte. 112, Worthington, MA
Plainfield - Kinder Morgan visits for Earth Day
TUESDAY – APRIL 22 (Earth Day!) – PLAINFIELD
Select Board Meeting at 6:00, Plainfied Town Hall, with Kinder Morgan presenting. Public comment period; please give town hall access priority to Plainfield voters. You may also show your opposition to the pipeline out front at 5:30. Please respect Select Board's meeting rules.
Ashfield - Hilltown Community Rights
hosts Informational Meeting
TUESDAY – APRIL 29 – ASHFIELD
In-depth presentation focusing on all aspects of this proposed pipeline project. A chance to learn about who Kinder Morgan is, what the pipeline would look like, safety risks, financial risks, environmental risks and more.
An Interstate Pipeline Carrying Fracked Gas From Pennsylvania Shale may be built to run through the heart of Franklin County
Do you know what this means to you, your family and the community in which you live? Unlike electrical transmission lines, a fracked gas pipeline has important and far reaching impacts on the area through which it travels. This is not just an abutter issue. This affects everyone whether you live near the proposed pipeline route or not.
Hilltown Community Rights, in association with Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network (MassPLAN.org) and with assistance from people who have experience in pipeline, banking, insurance and environmental concerns, have compiled a database of valuable and much needed information on this pressing issue. Using this database we have developed a comprehensive presentation that covers all of the aspects involved in the construction and operation of the 30-36” fracked gas transmission pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC .
Open to the public.
808 Cape Street
Ashfield, MA 01330
Calling NY state activists along the
Northeast Expansion route
A new group based in Canaan, NY is forming and looking for anyone in the area to join in. They currently have a Facbook page, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, and are hoping to start a website soon. Anyone interested should contact Robert Connors.
- "My name is Robert Connors and I am the organizer for the Columbia County, New York anti- TGP Northeast Expansion campaign and we need your help. This PROPOSED pipeline will traverse NY on its way to Massachusetts. Let's work together to stop this corporate greed and promote conservation and renewable energy."
Why we need to contact our legislators
They have lots on their plates and some only have scant information or none at all about the proposed pipeline. Several of them have seen that the online petition is addressed to them and have sent responses that yes, they are with us in the fight against fracking.
I've been sending replies back thanking them for their stance against fracking in Mass, but letting them know that that's not what the petition is about. It's about a proposal for a large gas transmission line, not drilling, and that it's an actual project being proposed that will happen soon if no one speaks up to oppose it. By filling them in with details, we've gained some supporters, ranging from likely to staunch, in the state legislature, including Reps. Kulik, Brown and Dave Rogers of Cambridge, and Sen. Downing has showed support for ending further fossil fuel development. Write to them all and bring this battle up on their radar screen.
FAQs to help round out your knowledge before talking to them or writing letters to the editor, or contacting media about the pipeline.
in Berkshires and North Quabbin
Sandisfield residents explore options concerning CT Expansion
A smaller, but concerned crowd attended an Informational Meeting in Sandisfield on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Their town faces a unique chanllenge. Already living with two TGP pipelines, Kinder Morgan is planning to construct a third "loop" pipeline in to increase capacity in their "Connecticut Expansion" project. It's part of the overall push to expand natural gas capacity to New England's grid, but this pipeline would be essentially using Sandisfield as a storage location for gas to be used in Connecticut.
Visit STOP - Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline website for the most current news about the CT Expansion pipeline opposition. The site is still quickly fleshing out, but will be updated regularly.
Existing TGP Pipeline running under Haley Brook in Sandisfield.
Existing TGP Pipeline right-of-way cuts through the woods near Rte. 8 in Sandsifield.
Solutions Rising with Rachel Branch
On Friday April 18th, Rachel invited Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Chris Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (BPVS) and Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass (NFGiM) to speak about the Northeast Expansion pipeline and clean energy alternatives. It was a lively conversation. The show is available online at NBCTC's website.
Rachel is looking for local contacts for Community Access stations across the state to submit a copy to be shown. If you have a community access station in your town, write to Rachel Branch and she'll make sure she gets a copy to submit to them!
Athol in gear!
There was a phenomenal Informational Meeting in Athol on Wednesday, April 16th. Approx. 150 people attended, including residents of pipeline-path towns Orange, Warwick and Royalston as well as nearby neighbors from New Salem, Barre and Phillipston. State Rep. Denise Andrews showed strong support and said she plans to fight the pipeline every step of the way.
See the full report here.
Last Saturday, Athol area folks opposing the pipeline joined in the parade kicking off the yearly "River Rat" Canoe Race, and made their feelings known to the public. Thanks to the Athol Daily News for reporting. :)
Berkshire Eagle Editorial officially says no to the pipeline
On April 16, the Berkshire Eagle printed a strongly worded editorial against the pipeline, citing Bruce Winn's recent presentation in Richmond. Thank you Eagle editors for this ringing endorsement and for the excellent press you've been offering on the subject all along.
Read more here...
The Enviro Show
On April 8, The Enviro Show was all pipeline all the time with guests George Aguiar from Climate Action Now! MA, Rose Wessel from NFGiM, and Joel Wool from Clean Water Action.
Listen Online Here!
As mentioned last time, reaching out to media is very important. This story is starting to get local press, and we have some preliminary contacts from regional and national media that may or may not pan out. If you know anyone (or are anyone!) who can add our story to a larger discourse on how laws governing the oil and gas industry are stacked against state and local rights, make sure to reach out to them. It's important problem that's confronting communities like ours across the country.
Looking for fairs and events across the state
We're looking for any large events or fairs anywhere in the state, but especially along the proposed route of the pipeline. Having a table or booth at large gatherings is a great opportunity to get the word out. Please send any information you can find on what's happening in your area.
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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
Issue 5 - New Pipeline Route Maps Available
March 18, 2014
Issue 6 - Advice for Action Against the Pipeline
March 31, 2014
Issue 7 - Anti-Pipeline Momentum Builds
April 11, 2014
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