WEYMOUTH ACTIONS (from FRRACS)
WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 19, 2020 — NORTH WEYMOUTH, MA Mass Protest at Weymouth Compressor Station Site
As Enbridge continues their rogue construction of the compressor station we will be holding space at the site on 02/19/2020 to collectively witness the injustice firsthand. All opponents of this short-sighted project are invited to gather for a mass demonstration calling on officials to shut the project down.
Enbridge has a long track record of violating state law and Indigenous sovereignty. This project would export fracked-gas to Europe, by way of so-called Nova Scotia where a gas storage cavern would illegally violate Mi’kmaq treaty rights.8 AM – 2 PM
50 Bridge Street
North Weymouth, MA 02191
We will be gathering from 8am until 2pm when the weekly Wednesday standout on the bridge will take place (2:30-3:30pm).
Hello, I'm a resident of ________ and I'm calling to express my disappointment in JF Price's work with Enbridge. Despite the overwhelming local opposition to this project, you proceeded to work with Enbridge and are enabling their destructive project to continue, which will have detrimental impacts on the community. By working with Enbridge, you are turning your back on the entire South Shore community. Please cancel any further contracts with Enbridge that you have remaining.
'I Feel Victorious': BU Professor Ends
Hunger Strike Over Weymouth Compressor
By Miriam Wasser, WBUR
February 11, 2020
"The urgency is not there. Our state officials are not acting with the urgency that a public health crisis and emergency demands," Phillips said, adding that he hopes for "a massive public uprising" to put more pressure on the state "to stop this toxic compressor station."
A spokesman for Enbridge, the company building the compressor station, wrote in an email that construction crews are following all "proper procedures" and that burner bricks on site have been tested. The project received its final state and federal permits late last year, and construction began in early Dec.
Phillips said the decision to end his hunger strike was not an easy one, but that familial obligations and his personal health have convinced him he must do so.
"I want to live to fight another day," he said, invoking lessons he'd learned from activists in the past who undertook hunger strikes. "And that's maybe the biggest reason I'm going to conclude this hunger strike today. So I can fight for justice with all of you."
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Exeter voters to weigh in on proposed
Granite Bridge pipeline By Alex LaCasse, Seacoast Online
February 6, 2020
EXETER – A citizen’s petition on the March 10 Town Meeting ballot calls for residents to oppose the Granite Bridge pipeline project, currently under review by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.
Granite Bridge is the proposed $414 million, 27-mile, 16-inch natural gas pipeline from Exeter to Manchester to be constructed by Liberty Utilities within the Route 101 right of way, designated by law as a state Energy Infrastructure Corridor. The project, which includes constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank in an abandoned quarry in Epping, is more than a year into the PUC review process.
The petition, appearing on the March ballot as Article 25, states in part, “the scope of the project vastly exceeds the current and future energy needs of New Hampshire. The likely changes in energy production could result in ratepayers paying for technology that will be obsolete before it’s operational.”» Read the full story
CT EXPANSION NEWSCourt rules against Narragansett Tribe
in pipeline dispute By Providence Journal
February 7, 2020
PROVIDENCE – A federal appeals court ruled against a Rhode Island tribe Friday in a dispute over a natural gas pipeline built in Massachusetts on land with ceremonial stone groupings.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a petition by the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s historic preservation office for lack of jurisdiction.
The tribe argued that in authorizing the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to build a pipeline across landscapes with sacred significance, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied it procedural protections of the National Historic Preservation Act. The tribe took issue with a nearly 4-mile-long pipeline segment near Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
The court found the tribe lacks standing to seek relief because the ceremonial landscapes had been destroyed by the time it filed its petition for review.
» Read the full story
» More on the CT expansion project
MONDAY — FEBRUARY 17, 2020 — PITTSFIELD, MA— NEGEF Western Massachusetts Pop-Up Office at BEAT
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund (NEGEF) Western Massachusetts Pop-Up Office, Pittsfield. Join NEGEF staff in Pittsfield for one of our first pop-up office of 2020 at Berkshire Environmental Action Team’s roomy new office space.
This program is intended to lower the barrier to accessing resources for more people in more places. During a Pop-Up office, Grassroots Fund staff spends a few days setting up an office outside of our regular Newmarket (NH) and Burlington (VT) locations to have direct, face-to-face conversations with grassroots organizers and partners.
• Please sign up for a meeting with Grassroots Fund staff HERE
1 PM – 5 PM
Berkshire Environmental Action Team office
20 Chapel St.
••• Other Western Mass Pop-Ups •••
Monday, February 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Great Barrington
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Springfield
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Northampton
Thursday, February 20, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Greenfield
SNOW DATES: Our snow dates for this event are April 6-9th
TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 18, 2020 — PITTSFIELD, MA
— Fossil Fuel Divestment: what it is, why it matters, how to do it. Come join us on February 18th for a discussion on fossil fuel divestment with BEAT’s very own advocacy coordinator, Logan Malik. We start gathering around 5:15pm and Logan will speak at 6pm in the private dining room at Patrick’s Pub in downtown Pittsfield, MA.
Prior to joining BEAT, Logan spent several years working to get large, academic institutions to divest their endowments from fossil fuels. His efforts ultimately led to Clare Hall – one of 31 Colleges at the University of Cambridge – divesting of its £32m endowment, becoming the first College to commit to full divestment.
As part of the discussion, Logan will talk about his experience working in the divestment movement, why divesting is an important form of climate action, and what you can do to be a part of this movement.
Free public event. Hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 19 & 20, 2020 — WASHINGTON, DC
— It’s Time to Take Action at FERC!
The climate crisis is deepening, frontline communities continue to be victimized by the fossil fuel industry, and Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is going from bad to worse. It’s time to take action at the FERC headquarters in Washington, DC to call for its replacement by FREC, a Federal Renewable Energy Commission!
February 20th is the next monthly meeting of the FERC commissioners. In December, by a 2-1 vote, they decided that new, non-fossil fuel sources of energy that receive state subsidies, like the sun and wind, would be penalized and forced to pay more to access the PJM electrical grid that serves 13 states and DC.
It’s time for nonviolent escalation! On February 20th, let’s attend their public meeting and make clear that it’s time for big changes at FERC—it’s time for a Federal Renewable Energy Commission, FREC, to replace it!
Free public event. Hosted by Beyond Extreme Energy
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WEDNESDAY — MARCH 4, 2020 — ALBANY, NY— Community Screening: Climate Action Film Festival
TUESDAY — APRIL 21, 2020 — CHESTNUT HILL, MA— The North Weymouth Natural Gas Compressor Station: Needed? Safe? Just?
A panel discussion exploring the impacts, rationale, and environmental justice of the proposed North Weymouth Compressor Station.Moderator: • James Keenan, S.J., Professor of Theological Ethics, Theology Department, Boston College
• Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director, Global Public Health and the Common Good, Boston College
• Nathan Philips, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
• Alice Arena, Founder of FRRACS- Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station
• More panelist will be added as they confirm
Free public event. Sponsored by The Environmental Studies Program, The Jesuit Institute, The Global Public Health and the Common Good Program7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
McGuinn Hall, 121
140 Beacon Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
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