September 4, 2019


State Delays Review Of Proposed Natural Gas Compressor Station In Weymouth

by Chris Lisinski, State House
News Service via WBUR
September 3, 2019

A key state agency's decision on a natural gas compressor station proposal in Weymouth will not come this week as anticipated following an agreement to delay the review process once again.

The Office of Coastal and Zone Management and Algonquin Gas Transmission, a subsidiary of energy giant Enbridge, previously agreed to a one-month stay in CZM's federal consistency review period. That delay called for the regulator's decision to come by Sept. 5.

However, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs told the News Service on Tuesday that the parties involved agreed to another one-month stay on Aug. 16. Regulators will now restart their review on Sept. 16 and complete it by Oct. 5 unless they seek further delays.

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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.

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Important DOER Meetings regarding the SMART program

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)
400 MW Review Straw Proposal Presentations

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will present this material at five separate times and locations. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) strongly recommends attending if possible.

Listen to the presentation, and consider the following:
• We do not want industrial scale solar fields cutting down our forests or destroying farmland with the money going to big corporations from far away. Distributed generation on large rooftops and parking lots is far more appropriate siting.

• We DO want small, local solar installers strongly supported so they can be hiring lots of local workers to install solar on rooftops and over parking lots. Currently, local installers are cut out of the process.

DOER will present the same material at each of the five meetings. Additionally, the presentation will be available on DOER’s website beginning on September 5, 2019.

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Public Comments

Following the public presentations, DOER will be collecting written stakeholder feedback on the 400 MW Review.  Public comments should be submitted electronically to, with the subject “400 MW Review Public Comments.” Comments should be submitted to DOER by Friday, September 20, 2019.

Meeting Locations and Times:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bernstein Theatre’s Artists Rehearsal Studio
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
UMass Amherst Campus Center
Amherst Room
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA
Parking is located in the Campus Center Parking Garage on level 2

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tower Auditorium
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bristol Community College
Room H-210
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fitchburg State University
Kent Recital Hall
Fitchburg, MA
Parking is located at the Wallace Civic Center Parking lot. Please take campus shuttle to the Kent Recital Hall.


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Learn how to take part in Extinction Rebellion actions at this NVDA training series! You will be empowered to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring friends who you would like to form an affinity group with, or make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here!

We recommend that you attend an XR orientation meeting before you attend our NVDA training. You can find the next orientation on our calendar

Time: Saturday September 14, 9am until 2pm.
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