May 13, 2019

 
 
 
 

PLEASE JOIN US!!
BEAT To Hosts Reusable Bag-Making Party 5/18
FROM BEAT & NO FRACKED GAS IN MASS

Yes — You CAN grommet your way to happiness!

The newly launched Tyler Street Lab is also the newest site for The BagShare Project. The BagShare is a program that creates reusable shopping bags from seed, feed and malt bags that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill or incinerator. These sturdy reusable bags are engineered to handle up to 50 lbs. of cargo, use drip irrigation tape from local farms for handles and are made with an ingenious no-sew method anyone can learn in minutes.

The BagShare Project’s Pittsfield Chapter has launched a challenge to the wider community to create 15,000 reusable bags by January 2020. We at BEAT are forming a team to pledge to make 120 bags (or more) to be used by the community – just in time for the start of the plastic bag ban. It’s a fun group activity with lots of different stages of the process to choose from.

Come join BEAT to make reusable bags using a bit of folding ingenuity, a grommet machine and a bird seed or feed bag.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Tyler Street Lab
730 Tyler Street
Pittsfield, MA

Please RSVP to rose@thebeatnews.org if plan to come (last minute joiners also welcome!)

Why do BEAT and No Fracked Gas in Mass care about reusable bags? By avoiding using disposable bags, you’ll keep them from ending up in streams, rivers and other waterways we work hard to protect! New plastic is created from fracked gas, driving up demand for dangerous methods of extraction that pollute water, air and the atmosphere we all share. The BagShare Project’s method of making reusable shopping bags, developed through over a decade of experimentation and innovation by founder Leni Fried, uses materials that would normally be discarded, so it even saves the carbon footprint from fabric manufacturing that brand new cloth bags have.
DOER Hearings on Biomass Start This Week
Now with Springfield Hearing!

Many of us in the clean energy advocacy community are concerned that the proposed changes to these Massachusetts regulations amount to loosening of the definitions for qualifying biomass, and other weakening of restrictions, that will be environmentally detrimental.

Written comments on the RPS Regulations will be accepted until 5 PM on June 7, 2019. Please submit written comments on the RPS Class I and RPS Class II regulations to John Wassam electronically to DOER.RPS@mass.gov or via mail to the Department of Energy Resources, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02114.

To combat the climate emergency we need to stop burning things. Trees are our carbon sink, not fuel for grid or industrial scaled energy. The burning of trees and trash these proposed changes would allow emissions that rival those of coal.

Please come to one of the Public Hearings to say your piece – public testimony is powerful (and you get to meet your comrades in the fight!). Don’t forget: bring a written copy of your spoken testimony to leave with policymakers!


May 13, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 PM
100 Cambridge Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA

May 16, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
UMass Amherst
Olver Design Building, Room 162
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA

May 17, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Mt. Wachusett Community College
Arthur F. Haley Academic Building, Multi-Purpose Room #115
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA

May 29, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 PM
UMass Center at Springfield, Classroom 14
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA

WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION
DEP AIR QUALITY HEARING


This hearing starts Wednesday, May 15 and is likely to continue until May 17.  This hearing format does not allow for public comment, but a show of support in numbers of people attending is crucial! Please attend if you can.


Starts 9:00 am on Wednesday
Downtown Crossing
1 Winter Street

(go in The Corner food court door, & up the escalators)
Boston, MA

» Learn more about the ongoing battle over the Weymouth Compressor Station
FRRACS Urges You to Call Gov Baker
About the Weymouth Compressor Station!


We are currently making calls ahead of this week's Department of Environmental Protection hearing regarding the Weymouth Compressor Station which would emit air pollution, noise, and odor, and during periodic "blowdowns,” millions of cubic feet of untreated fracked gas are released into the air.  

Please call Governor Baker today and type your name in to the form to the right to register your opposition to this unneeded natural gas expansion.  

Governor Baker's Constituent Services:  617-725-4005

» Please see FRRACS Action Network page for talking points and to let them know you’ve called!

PIPELINE NEWS

WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION
Ethics of Beaton’s move to consultant questioned as Shrewsbury resident leaves state post
By Katie Lannan, State House News Service
May 9, 2019

Opponents of a planned natural gas compressor station in Weymouth are seeking more information about the departure of former Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, arguing that his move to the private sector doesn’t “pass the ‘smell test.’”
Beaton, a Shrewsbury resident andformer state representative who had served in the Baker administration since 2015, stepped down as secretary last week to become senior vice president of renewable energy and emerging technology at TRC Companies. TRC Companies, a Lowell-based national environmental consulting firm, has a client list that includes many utilities and fossil fuel companies and has done work on Enbridge Energy’s Weymouth compressor station project.

On Tuesday, a group that has been fighting the controversial Weymouth project, Fall River Residents Against the Compressor Station, wrote a letter to Ethics Commission Executive Director David Wilson, voicing concerns “about the appearance of unethical behavior by former Sec. Beaton” leading up to his job change.

The letter said Beaton had oversight of departments in his secretariat involved in the permitting of the compressor station and was “privy to all appeals, information and confidential communications between FRRACS, our attorneys and these departments.”

» Read the full story

TENNESSEE GAS 261 UPGRADE &
COLUMBIA GAS RELIABILITY PROJECT
Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse Opposes Gas Expansion In City
By Adam Frenier, NEPR
Apr 23, 2019

Holyoke, Massachusetts, Mayor Alex Morse has come out against a natural gas expansion plan by his city's municipal energy company because of concerns over climate change. "We can continue to pour tens of millions of dollars into natural gas infrastructure, or we can invest that money in solutions, and make them more affordable to small businesses and home owners that frankly can't afford it without that investment," Morse said.

Longmeadow residents to vote on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline on May 14
By Don Shipman, WWLP
May 7, 2019


About two dozen residents attended this planning board meeting [on Tuesday, May 7th-. Many of them voiced their concerns about the metering station.
A yes vote would mean the new bylaw will monitor:
    •    Air quality emissions
    •    Set noise limits for gas equipment
    •    Impose penalties for violations
Longmeadow residents can vote on Article 42 Tuesday, May 14, during the town's annual meeting.

» Read the full story / watch the broadcast
COLUMBIA GAS - MERRIMACK VALLEY
Columbia Gas settles on road repairs: Reaches $80M settlement with three communities
By Jessica Valeriani, Eagle Tribune
May 7, 2019
[Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera] said the settlement represents the best effort of the municipalities to get the most dollars from Columbia Gas to fix what was broken during the disasters. It will cover the money taxpayers ultimately would have had to pay.
"This is a legal document, no one is happy with this. But this is what they made as a settlement with us," he said. "A company with heart would have done more."

» Read the full story

Help FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur
Make the Right Choices

from Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur is currently the swing vote on approving all new natural gas projects in the country. Although LaFleur has made statements on the importance of evaluating each new projects by their greenhouse gas emissions, she has only been sporadic in backing these sentiments up with actions. Instead of practicing what she preaches, LaFleur has recently approved three new liquefied natural gas terminals (Port Arthur, Calcasieu Pass, and Driftwood).

Currently FERC only has four of it’s five commissioners, meaning that there can be tie votes that result in projects being canceled or put on hold. Richard Glick nearly always votes against new fossil fuel infrastructure. Neil Chatterjee and Bernard McNamee always vote to approve it. LaFleur’s term at FERC will end in late June.

Let’s put the pressure on Cheryl LaFleur to vote against all new fossil fuel infrastructure! Will LaFleur stand by her supposed principles or will she help destroy the earth?

Tweet: @CLaFleurFERC
E-mail: customer@ferc.gov
Call: 202-502-8961


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