September 16, 2019

 
 
 
 

ENBRIDGE / WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR
News from Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS)

Hello Friend of FRRACS,

You may know that last Tuesday we received the draft Release Abatement Measure Plan from TRC, Enbridge's environmental engineers. This Plan is the proposal for the clean up of the contamination on the proposed compressor site. 

On page 27 of the report, we found this statement:
8.15 Implementation Schedule The anticipated schedule for the commencement of construction activities is November 1, 2019, with a September 1, 2020 in-service date.
We are unclear as to how they plan to undertake construction without yet having the proper permitting, without having the permanent plan, and without fulfilling first the public comment period that currently ends on October 15th with the answers to those comments due on November 15th. 

What can you do?
Call Governor Baker at 617-725-4005, DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg at 617-292-5536, and Secretary Katie Theoharides at 617-626-1000
and ask them:
    •    How can construction begin without the proper permits?
    •    How can construction begin on a contaminated site without the final Release Abatement Measure Plan?
    •    How can construction begin before the promised safety and risk evaluation reports and  coastal resiliency report have not been done?

The public meeting on this Plan is scheduled for Wednesday September 25, 2019 at the Abigail Adams School beginning at 7:00.  We hope you will join us for this most important meeting.

Want to know more? 
Join us at our regular meeting this coming Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm and at the FANG NVDA training on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm
(RSVP here).

Both events will be held at the Fore River Clubhouse, 16 Nevada Rd., Quincy.

Thank you for all that you do!
In Solidarity,
The FRRACS Team


» Visit FRRACS website for more information

NH CALL TO ACTION!
Tell NH State Legislators that Governor Sununu
was right to veto HB 183

This bill is bad for consumers and bad for the environment. On Wednesday, Sept. 18th New Hampshire state legislators will be returning to the capitol for “Veto Day.”  They are being pressured heavily by the timber industry, forest landowners, and biomass lobbyists to override Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of HB183 – a bill to bail out six aging and inefficient wood-burning biomass power plants in New Hampshire.
For decades these failing biomass power plants have been major sources of air pollution, including acid rain-causing sulfur dioxide, smog-causing nitrogen dioxide, mercury, volatile organic compounds, soot, heavy metals, CO2, and dioxin and other cancer-causing emissions.

HB183 would force Eversource ratepayers to pay an estimated $17 million a year in additional service charges to prop up these polluting power plants. New Hampshire ratepayers have already bailed out the biomass industry repeatedly. If this bill becomes law, they can be assured that these companies will be back again in three years asking for more handouts.

Please call your NH state senator and representative TODAY and urge them to SUSTAIN THE GOVERNOR’s VETO OF H.183. No more rate-payer bailouts for polluting biomass power plants.  To find out who your state reps are, check online.

For more about the environmental, climate, and public health impacts of forest biomass energy visit www.pfpi.net. Please forward this alert to your contacts in New Hampshire.

Calls are needed September 17, 2019!
 
Laura Haight
U.S. Policy Director
Partnership for Policy Integrity

lhaight@pfpi.net


Hearing for H.897
An Act Relative to Forest Protection


Tuesday, September 24, 2019
1 PM – 3 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St
Boston, Massachusetts

The hearing will be in Room B-1 for H. 897 An Act Relative to Forest Protection that will protect all state land as parks or reserves where forest ecosystems are guided primarily by natural processes. This action will fight climate change by reducing carbon loss and increasing carbon sequestration. The bill would preserve 11% of the state’s land base and 20% of forest lands, including large contiguous landscape blocks that are needed to avert plant and animal extinctions, and offer safe havens for humans and wildlife alike. It would also provide a wide array of other public benefits, such as clean air and water, recreational opportunities, and economic diversification. This bill allows management flexibility to address public health, safety, and other concerns. It will cost nothing to implement.

Sponsored by Representative Susannah Whipps


EVENTS

» MANY events on our Events Page

Global Climate Strike Events
FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

BOSTON, MA — 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Boston Climate Strike
Boston City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square
Boston, Massachusetts

On September 20th, 2019, millions of people will strike around the world to demand action on the climate crisis. Join thousands in Boston at City Hall Plaza as we kick off a week of climate actions! This event is youth led and community supported.
#StrikeWithUs #StrikeWithUsBoston #ClimateStrike #ClimateStrikeMA

Our most up to date information and public resources can be found on our website.
Please contact @ClimateStrikeMA or mass@youthclimatestrikeus.org with questions.

GREENFIELD, MA — 5:00 - 7:00 pm

A rally for Franklin County and Southern Vermont, organized by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution. Not a traditional rally but multiple tables, music, theater, art, storytelling.



LEXINGTON, MA — 10:05 - 11:00 am

Lexington Climate Strike
Lexington High School Football Field
We’re a youth-led organization organizing a climate strike for September 20th, in line with the strikes happening internationally to demand governments acknowledge what has become a crisis and take action against the biggest issue of our time.

NORTHAMPTON, MA — 4:15 - 6:00 pm

Climate Emergency March for a Just Future - Strike Solidarity
Sheldon Park
269 Bridge Street
Northampton, Massachusetts

Our life support systems must be protected now! The students who strike on #fridaysFortheFuture know that this is n a climate emergency. We know that this is a climate emergency. It's time for our government , institutions, corporations, and all people to take action to scale with the enormity of the the problem. Today is the day for all to acknowledge the urgency of our situation.

4:15 pm: gather & get organized
Sheldon Field Northampton commuter lot


4:30 step off march
Climate Emergency March & chanting to city hall


5:00 protest rally at Northampton City hall

If you are able to go to Boston with the students earlier in the day, you can sign up for buses and carpooling on this link, as well as see all the other global climate week of action events: Buses leave around 8:30 am.


PITTSFIELD, MA — 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Climate Strike Solidarity Rally September 20th
Noon to 1 pm
Park Square
Pittsfield, Massachusetts


Indivisible Pittsfield, Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP. the Berkshire Democratic Brigades, and other organizations invite everyone to join us in a rally in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike on September 20th.
» Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/664365674074178/

SPRINGFIELD, MA — 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Springfield Solidarity Vigil
12:30-1:30 pm
Court Square, Springfield
Consider attending if you’re unable to go to the big Climate Strike in Boston. Contact Verne McArthur (413-439-3324) for questions and information.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — 4:00 - 5:30 pm

WORCESTER, MA — 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Worcester Youth Climate Strike
Worcester City Hall and Common
Worcester, Massachusetts

MARCHERS WILL DEPART FROM CLARK AND WPI
Join us on September 20th in Worcester, MA for Youth Climate Strike’s call to action to fight against the #climatecrisis. Following the lead of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people and adult allies will gather in Worcester this September to kick off a week of climate action!

We are a group of empowered young people who are passionate about saving our environment and are pushing for new practices and systems to lessen the impact on our climate and our planet. The climate strike in Worcester is one of many strikes happening around the world on September 20th, so join us in fighting against #climatechange.
#ClimateStrikeWorc

Those leaving from Clark will gather at the Sigmund Freud statue in front of Jonas Clark Hall and those leaving from WPI will gather at Institute Park.
Both groups will be gathering at 9:00 AM, begin marching at 9:30, and converge at Worcester City Hall at 10:00, where we will hold a rally until 11:00.
From 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM there will be tabling in Worcester Commons by the various organizations involved in the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition.

Please contact wyclimatestrike@gmail.com with questions.

» More nationwide events available at GlobalClimateStrike.net

Got Solar? Share your experience!
Join the 2019 Solar Tour

On October 5 & 6, 2019 and the surrounding weekends, hundreds of people who have gone solar across the nation will open their homes and businesses to engage their communities around the power of solar energy.

Solar homes, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipal buildings, religious institutions, schools, and community solar gardens are all invited to host solar open houses as part of the National Solar Tour.


We could use more open houses in western MA, eastern capital region of NY, northwestern CT or southern VT and southwest NH to make it worth the trip.




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