November 28, 2016

Federal appeal moves forward against West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline

By Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local
Nov 2, 2016

“Like Donald Trump (would say), ‘This game is rigged,’” said Nancy Wilson, a member of Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral (SWRL), to a packed room of Parkway residents concerned about developments on Spectra Energy’s gas pipeline.
Wilson quoted Trump in reference to the uphill battle faced by neighbors living next to the pipeline who are trying to make their voices heard.

The impassioned, frustrated capacity crowd listened as Wilson and other speakers on Tuesday gave them the latest news on the court cases against Spectra and possible environmental concerns during the meeting at the West Roxbury E-5 Police station.
According to Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley and activist Rickie Harvey, the appeals by Dedham and Boston against the project are moving forward. Boston appealed the project in federal court in February 2016. Initial briefs were filed in late July 2016 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) responded in September. Spectra Energy responded on Oct. 28. Final briefs are due by Nov. 15, with oral arguments to be scheduled for spring 2017. The decision is expected approximately 2-6 months after oral arguments.

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FERC grants Spectra’s request put West Roxbury Lateral and Metering and Regulation Station into service
West Roxbury Pipeline Opponents Promise To
Continue Fight Even If Gas Starts Flowing Dec. 1

By Bruce Gellerman, WBUR
November 23, 2016

About 30 peaceful protesters gathered, singing, holding signs and promising to continue their fight despite Spectra's announcement that natural gas would start flowing through the new pipeline on Dec. 1
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also showed up Wednesday to make a last-minute appeal "We have several schools in this neighborhood, we have nursing home facilities, we have residents, so I'm asking Spectra not to turn it on," Walsh said. "I'm asking them to hold off and have common courtesy and sit down with us a couple more times before this is turned on."

So far, nearly 200 residents, elected officials and members of the clergy have been arrested in non-violent acts of civil disobedience — many jumping into open trenches, chaining themselves to pipes and equipment, but to no avail.

Pipeline protester Mary Boyle, of West Roxbury, blames the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for siding with Spectra and allowing the project to be built.

"This is an assault on our neighborhood," Boyle said. "This company has come in without our permission, only with the permission of FERC, and FERC is the fox that guards the hen house. FERC is funded by fossil fuel companies."


Police Attack Unarmed Water Protectors w/ Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and Water Cannons; 300+ injured

Unicorn Riot
November 21, 2016

At least 300 people were injured, updated reports indicated by Wednesday, November 23rd. Around midnight of November 20th, injuries to over 160 people were reported, as medics also confirmed that a 13-year-old girl was shot in the face by law enforcement, two people suffered cardiac arrests (at least one person is in critical condition), and many contusions and damage to hands resulted from rubber bullets. Many people were also experiencing hypothermia from the water cannons and have lung and eye irritation from tear gas and mace.

We were live on and off through the night as the standoff lasted over six hours.

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West Roxbury Pipeline Protester Injured at Standing Rock: at risk of losing her arm

By Alison Bauter, West Roxbury Patch
November 22, 2016

A New York woman who has demonstrated as part of West Roxbury's pipeline protest was severely injured while protesting a pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota, and could lose her arm, according to accounts from fellow activists.

Sophia Wilansky is part of the so-called “Mass Grave Six” and demonstrated alongside Vice President Al Gore's daughter, Karenna, against the Spectra pipeline here this June, as Boston Magazine first reported. Activists claim Wilansky was injured at Standing Rock when she was "shot with a concussion grenade" in the course of a confrontation between police and protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses near tribal lands. Gory Facebook photos shared by supporters appear to show Wilansky's arm, bloody and badly disfigured.

» Read the full story

TYT (The Young Turks) report with first-hand witnesses of the attack and her injury
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Veterans to deploy for Standing Rock

By Sophie Lewis, CNN
November 23, 2016

On December 4, hundreds of veterans plan to "deploy" to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to join in protest against the planned Dakota Access Pipeline.
The event, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, is a call for veterans to "assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia" to "defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security." The organizers hope to prevent progress on the construction of the pipeline as well as draw national attention to the cause.
Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran, screenwriter and activist, created the event along with Michael Wood Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer and Marine Corps veteran who advocates for police reform. Clark decided to take action after an elder from Standing Rock called him about the protests. "When she described what was going on, it brought tears to my eyes," he said. "People are concerned about the way the elders who are praying are being brutalized, and what we are doing to the planet."

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Army Corp of Engineers advise the Standing Rock Tribe of impending removal of camps

On November 25, the Army Corp of Engineers informed Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that they intend to “close the Corp-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5”. Citing lack of ability to provide necessary emergency services, they request that all Tribe members and allies immediately move to a “free speech zone” established by the ACE south of the river.

»» Read the letter from the Army Corps of Engineers

Coalition Statement: The US Army Corps of Engineers Cannot Evict Us from Treaty Lands
Sacred Stone

It is no coincidence that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen Dec 5th, General George Armstrong Custer's birthday, as the date it plans to evict people from the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Custer broke the treaty to dig for gold, the Army Corps is breaking the treaty over oil.

The Army Corps has no authority to evict us from these lands.  The Oceti Sakowin encampment is located on the ancestral homeland of the Lakota, Mandan, Arikara, and Northern Cheyenne - on territory never ceded to the U.S. government, and affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land belonging to the Great Sioux Nation.  The encampment is, in many respects, a reclamation of this stolen territory and the right to self-determination guaranteed in the treaties.  Our water protectors are not trespassers and can never be trespassers.  The Army Corps also has no authority to diminish our right to free speech - where in the Constitution does it establish zones for the right to free speech? Do corporations now decide whether the Constitution applies? We are not moving, and we will not be silenced.  

As the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe noted in its response to the Army Corps, this decision “continues the cycle of racism and oppression imposed on our people and our lands throughout history.” This is not the first time these lands have been destroyed at the behest of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The best of these lands were flooded by the Army Corps in the 1950s and 1960s - countless sacred sites were desecrated, the vast majority of the timber resources and wildlife destroyed, and thousands of people displaced.  We will not stand by while the federal government continues this destructive narrative.  

» Read the full statement

Don't Be Passive Observers of Last Night's Terrorization in Standing Rock:
Here's What You Can Do

By Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces | Op-Ed,
November 21, 2016
As a Native woman who has been to Standing Rock three times, and whose health now prevents me from making a fourth trip, I have my own asks. Call every  number put in front of you. Jam every phone line. Look at the target list of financial institutions supporting this pipeline. Pick a bank. Shut it down, just like we did in Chicago on Saturday and people did in Philadelphia this morning. The Trump administration hasn't even taken hold yet, and I watched over a livestream last night as my friends and people were battered with water streams that can tear skin from flesh and eyes from sockets. I watched my people hold space and scramble to save one another as drops of water froze to razor wire.

I know marginalized people around the country are organizing for their own survival right now, and sitting around tables discussing the difficult days ahead. But a strategy of protection, defense and obstruction cannot wait for the inauguration of an autocrat. It must be applied here and now.
Please show us that you see us. Please do all you can to stop this.

If you cannot travel to Standing Rock, or support or organize an action where you live, consider contacting one of these Sheriffs and police departments that have loaned out the officers who are abusing Native peoples in Standing Rock. Jam their phone lines and tell them to bring their people home. If your community is on this list, actively organize to recall the deployment.

BEAT & No Fracked Gas in Mass participating in multiple events
People's Hearing Investigating FERC
December 2, 2016
Washington DC

Every day there is a new example of how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is abusing its power and the law in its biased reviews of fracked gas pipelines and its disregard of the rights of people, states and regulatory agencies.

Communities from over 35 states and the District of Columbia abused by FERC have demanded that Congress investigate by holding congressional hearings. While some members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce expressed support for our request through statements to the press, we need more than their support. We need action.

And we don’t have the luxury of waiting for Congress to get its act together – we need our evidence of FERC’s abuse to come forward today so we can secure needed reforms and prevent FERC’s continued Rubber Stamping on fracked gas pipeline projects cutting through our communities.
And so We The People are holding our own hearing in Washington, D.C.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team's Jane Winn will be one of those testifying.

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Building Our Movements in Dangerous Times
December 3, 2016
Boston MA

No Fracked Gas in Mass and our parent organization, Berkshire Environmental Action Team are co-sponsoring and participating in a conference coming up on December 3rd in Boston - Building Our Movements in Dangerous Times.
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CARPOOLING is being organized for western Mass!
Please contact Judy Eddy if you want to drive or ride. or 413-652-5387.

Western Massachusetts Legislative Summit
December 3, 2016
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
JFK Middle School
100 Bridge St
Northampton, MA

Let your voice be heard and influence the Legislative Priorities for the 2017 – 2019 session. Learn about small town challenges and pending legislation from Senate President Rosenberg, Senator Gobi, Representative Goldstein-Rose, State Auditor Bump and more. We hope you can join us, share your ideas and needs, and hear from your legislators! Breakout sessions include "Energy and Gas". Your chance to speak with Legislators about energy policy, the Berkshire Gas moratorium and more. No Fracked Gas in Mass' Rose Wessel will be attending.

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Giving Tuesday, November 28
Tuesday starts the season to consider your end-of-year giving!
No Fracked Gas in Mass would like you to consider contributing to our continuing fight to halt further fossil fuel infrastructure development in Massachusetts and the northeast. Next year we’ll start our fourth year working against the Kinder Morgan and Spectra pipelines still planned to be built in Massachusetts, as well as helping boost advances in efficiency and clean energy, and assisting and advising other communities fighting pipelines across North America. With our expanded News and Issues sections, we’ll keep you up to date on developments on multiple fronts.

This #GivingTuesday (or any other time of year) please
visit our Donations page and help keep us in the fight!

Featured Events
Keep up with the latest on our Events Page.

Stand with Standing Rock - Public Demonstration - Come and show your support for the Standing Rock water protectors! Our support is needed more than ever now.  We will be holding signs and informing the public on the human rights violations and criminal activity of Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Partners (the contractor and proprietor of the pipeline), while at the same time spreading messages of peace, love and unity to all those wishing to help.  Also! There will be poster boards and sharpies for anyone wanting to make their own sign. All are welcome to join; please share with friends, family and anyone else. Mni Wiconi!
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Town Hall
334 Main St.
Great Barrington, MA

“Shut It Down!” Rally Against the Pipeline. The pipeline has been built, and gas could start flowing as early as Monday, Nov. 28, but we still have hope. Elected leaders in Boston, the Town of Dedham, and a coalition of environmental groups have a longstanding appeal of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline that is slowly proceeding through federal court. Even if the gas begins flowing now, a judge could eventually turn it off. Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley will speak. Let's keep making our voices heard!
8-10 a.m.
Meet across the street from the quarry:
Centre St and Grove St
West Roxbury, MA

Solarize Mass, Meet the Solar Installer Event.
Learn about the Solarize Mass program, solar installation costs, tax incentives and income based loan supports. Sign up for a FREE Site Assessment.
A light dinner is offered.
Food allergy? Tell us ahead of time.
Kevin O’Conner 413-238-0841
7:30 p.m.
Worthington Town Hall
160 Huntington Rd.
Worthington, MA

Standing Rock Benefit Dinner and Lecture. In observance of Human Rights Day, Nuestras Raices and the United Congregational Church of Holyoke invite you to a benefit dinner and lecture about the Standing Rock Water Protectors and how to support their cause. We are honored to host Jennifer Weston, a researcher, writer, and producer from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas.
» Read more about Ms. Weston
5 PM - 8 PM

United Congregational Church of Holyoke
395 High St
Holyoke, MA

SATURDAY — DECEMBER 10, 2016 — AMHERST, MA dec-10th-trng-flyer

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