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Urgent Dates!
MONDAY – MARCH 17 – WINDSOR - 7:00 PM
— Green Community Presentation / Resolution to Ban Pipeline in Windsor.
Green Community Presentation by Jim Barry, Western Mass Regional Coordinator for the Green Communities Division. Benefits of becoming a Massachusetts Green Community and requirements to obtain the designation will be discussed.  Open to all (not just Windsor residents). Pipeline resolution to be proposed by town residents.
Windsor Town Hall
Governors’ Forum on Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy
Friday, March 21

This is very short notice, but this Friday is the Governors’ Forum on Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy; Coalition of Energy, Environmental, Transportation and Innovation Groups
Friday, March 21, 2014
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

» EventBrite page - tickets to get inside are free and look like they're still available. We have 6 tickets reserved if anyone needs one, but they're easy to sign up for as well.
Anyone who would like to go and offer up or look for carpooling, let us know!
Focus group volunteer sign-up
If you’d like to help us (just a little or a lot!) organize, research and act to stop the pipeline, please visit our sign-up page. We also welcome any other ideas we haven’t thought of. If you don’t have time, but can make a donation for signs, printing and operating expenses, we welcome that, too.
This will take all of us, so please join in.
Is your town getting active?
Town Reporters Needed!
More and more towns are working on getting a Resolution against the pipeline and for clean alternatives up for a vote at their next town meetings. You can check to see what's going on in near you on our Town Pages.

If you don't see anything happening,
start something up!

We have a downloadable sample resolution that you can adapt for you town and lots of other materials to spread the word.
Land Trusts start to
speak out against the pipeline

Something for other similar organizations to consider:
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to ensure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land.
The Athol-based land trust, whose work is concentrated primarily in the Mount Grace region and has helped protect 27,000 acres, learned recently from owners of property protected with conservation restrictions that they have been approached by right-of-way agents wanting to survey their land.
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The Petition Grows!
Our MoveOn Petition to Ban New Fracked Gas Pipelines has over 670 online signatures and uncounted dozens more in print. If you haven't signed yet, please do!

Print copies are circulating widely across the state, so if you have lots of signatures, don't forget to send the originals to us to bring en masse to the State House. We'll still be gathering for a while, so if you want to gather some in person, you can print out the petition and the signature page and start collecting.  

Send filled in original signature sheets to:
No Fracked Gas in Mass
℅ Rosemary Wessel
90 Trow Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Success story
TGP has backed down
under pressure in MA before

Once upon a time, TGP wanted to put a pipeline through
Wakefield, Saugus and Lynnfield …

Katy happened upon a story about this proposed TGP pipeline that was apparently thwarted in 2008 in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Perhaps we can take a page from that playbook.
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Stop the Pipeline in NY State
Help Stop the Constitution
FERC Public Hearings for the Constitution pipeline from Stop the Pipeline are now visible on our website. The Constitution line is slated to end up in Wright, NY where it will then into our proposed lines - the Northeast and Connecticut Expansion. Stopping their pipeline could stop ours!
NEXT STEPS
Contact your Congresspeople

Since this is an interstate pipeline, it falls under federal regulatory purview. It's important to contact your Congresspeople's offices to voice your concern not just about the pipeline, but about FERC's (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) ability to override local and state laws, regulations and protections. Sen. Markey of MA is especially concerned with reigning in the oil and gas industry's influence and ability to get away with pollution (Bills S.1767 and S.1768) and Sen. Bernie Sanders of VT is sponsoring the Climate Protection Act of 2013, S.332, which, among other things holds gas drillers more accountable and gives some teeth back to the EPA in standing up to the oil and gas industry. Urge you Congresspeople to support these while bringing our pipeline concerns to their attention.
Find your Congresspeople here.
Upcoming Events
They're popping up fast and in numbers so check our Events Page often!

MONDAY – MARCH 17 – WINDSOR
— Green Community Presentation / Resolution to Ban Pipeline in Windsor. Green Community Presentation by Jim Barry, Western Mass Regional Coordinator for the Green Communities Division. Benefits of becoming a Massachusetts Green Community and requirements to obtain the designation will be discussed.  Open to all (not just Windsor residents). Pipeline resolution to be proposed by town residents.
7:00 p.m.
Monday March 17, 2014
Windsor Town Hall


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

Faneuil Hall

1 Faneuil Hall Square
, Boston, MA 02109
» Free tickets available through EventBrite

FRIDAY – MARCH 21, 2014 – ATHOL
— “Gasland: Part II” – Screening of the 2013 documentary about fracking, followed by a discussion period.
5:30 p.m. 
Athol Public Library
568 Main St., Athol, MA
Sponsored by Athol Public Library and No. Quabbin Energy


MONDAY – March 24, 2014 – PLAINFIELD
— Meeting to review the Plainfield pipeline resolution, informational update for any and all concerned citizens.
Plainfield Town Hall
7:00 p.m.
Plainfield, MA


FRIDAY – March 28, 2014 – ROYALSTON
— “Gasland: Part II” – Screening of the 2013 documentary about fracking, followed by a discussion period.
7:00 p.m.
Royalston Town Hall
94 Athol Road (on the Common)
Royalston, MA
Sponsored by Royalston Energy Committee and Phinehas Newton Library


THURSDAY - MARCH 27, 2014 – W. HATFIELD
— Organizational follow-up meeting with Climate Action Now - MA, Toxics Action Center and other organizations and citizens to build a coalition against the pipeline.
7:00 p.m.
Co-Op Power Offices
15A West St.
West Hatfield, MA

SATURDAY – MARCH 29, 2014 – ASHBY

— Info Meeting will be held in Ashby on the proposed gas pipeline open to all towns and landowners.  Featured speakers Atty. Jay Duffy, environmental lawyer and Bruce Winn of BEAT. Join us!
10am-1pm
Ashby Elementary School
911 Main St. (Rt.119)

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.
6:30pm
Berkshire Community College
Room K111
1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

SATURDAY – APRIL 19, 2014 – SANDISFIELD

— Pipeline information event, including presentation by Bruce Winn of BEAT and Rose Wessel of NFGIM.
Sandisfield Arts Center
5 Hammertown Road Sandisfield, MA
Time to be decided

THURSDAY – APRIL 24 – FITCHBURG

— Information Night on TGP Project
7:00 p.m.
Colomba Legacy Center
59 Walnut Street, Fitchburg, MA


ACCEPTING DONATIONS
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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