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H.4187 - An Act Relative to Clean Energy Resources

Lots of you asked for a more concise summary of this call to action, so here it is.

This bill is about promoting clean energy - it provides an opportunity to block the progress of funding for the proposed natural gas pipeline that would steer us away from our clean energy goals.  A stand-alone bill against the tariff to pay for it likely would have less of a chance of success than adding the alternatives analysis requirement here. 
The session is quickly coming to an end - act fast!

» READ THE CURRENT WORDING OF THE BILL.

Write or Call Your State Legislators and tell them to:
— Make sure all wording allowing a tariff paying for natural gas stays out and the current definition of "clean energy" excluding natural gas stays in!
— Require study of all alternative energy solutions
• Energy efficiency as the first solution
• All new infrastructure complies with greenhouse gas emissions mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act
• Allow only new infrastructure with lowest risk to safety, environment and economy

Find every state legislator’s contact info at  www.malegislature.gov - punch in your zip code



Climate Summer itinerary now online!
If you see a need for a local contact or housing in your community, please answer the call, and definitely come meet these eager partners in our fight!


Climate Summer - Ride for the Future bicyclists riding the pipeline route this summer will break up into two teams of 6 or 7 riders, "Kinder Morgan East" and "Kinder Morgan West". Along with other teams addressing the Spectra pipeline and Footprint gas electric plant in Salem, they will be reaching out at the grassroots level to show that more fossil fuel infrastructure is NOT needed. They'll be coming to a town near you and are looking for community partners to show them around, and tell their stories of how the pipeline would impact them and how it already has, even at the proposal stage!  They'll be helping people tell their stories and video taping them to put up on YouTube to be shared online. If you'd like to talk with them when they're in your area, or if you'd like to partner with them in going door to door to spread the word, please email coordinator Marla Marcum and let her know. These folks are well informed and stoked to help us out!

» SEE WHEN THEY'RE COMING TO YOUR TOWN

Rolling March to the State House
We’re doing a town to town relay from Richmond to Dracut.  Local walkers will follow the route on roads that parallel the route, and walk along the route more closely through conservation areas, etc. We’re still looking for town leaders in Lenox, Pittsfield, Dalton, Plainfield, Conway, Shelburne, Greenfield, Ashby, and Dunstable. We can make do without leaders in some places, but Pittsfield and Greenfield are essential. 

We’d like to kick the walk off with lots of support in Richmond, July 6th (People from Canaan, NY will probably join in too). We’ll likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th. We’re going to carry a piece of symbolic pipe that says “STOP the Pipeline” (It’s like one of those fishing pole tubes–so we’ll probably carry the petitions inside).

On July 30th we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  The vision is a sort of Daniel Shays drama — storm the statehouse with big flags, etc?  We imagine this being populated by 350.org, other such organizations looking for a way to make a big moment, as well any citizens who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.
Details still emerging – send your ideas and/or connection to Massachusetts notables to attend to organizers, Julia or Mary

» SEE THE SCHEDULE ONLINE!

Legal Questions?
Visit MassPLAN.org

Coordinated legal representation will be available for landowners and for all other aspects of efforts to stop the pipeline. MassPLAN, a broad coalition of groups opposed to the pipeline (including No Fracked Gas in Mass), has secured lawyers experienced in civic resistance, regulatory and land issues and is ready to assist. Email MassPLAN or visit the site for more information.

They are encouraging all land owners currently under threat of DPU hearings to write to TGP (though their Land Agent representative mentioned on letters from TGP) with their questions and concerns, making to sure to send a copy the DPU and elected officials such as their legislators, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Governor. Contact information for all can be found on www.nofrackedgasinmass.org.

Ashfield on board!
Last night, Ashfield became the 17th out of 17 municipalities to pass resolutions against the pipeline. With attendance for the Special Town Meeting around 250 and State Sen. Ben Downing, Rep. Steve Kulik and an aide to Rep. Neal in attendance, townspeople not only voted in a Resolution against the pipeline, but another for Community Rights.

Be sure to visit The Score and see the progress we're making!

 

Upcoming Events

TUESDAY — JUNE 24 — TEWKSBURY
Kinder Morgan meeting with select board.
7:00 PM
Tewsbury Senior Center
175 Chandler St.

Tewksbury, MA

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 25 – TOWNSEND
Kinder Morgan meeting with select board.
7:00 PM,
North Middlesex Regional HS

Townsend, MA

THURSDAY – JUNE 26 – DUNSTABLE
— The Board will host and informational meeting in the Grange Room relative to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. All interested individuals are invited to attend.
7 PM
Dunstable Town Hall Grange Room
511 Main St.
Dunstable, MA

THURSDAY – JUNE 26, 2014 – BOLTON
Board of Selectmen’s Meeting with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company.  Representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline will attend the Bolton Board of Selectmen’s meeting. A presentation will be given by a representative of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company followed by a Q&A session. Additional information will be posted to the town website – www.townofbolton.com -as it becomes available.  View the Guidelines for Submitting Questions.
7:00 PM
Florence Sawyer School
100 Mechanic St.
Bolton, MA



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