Vigil in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Community in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
We and other communities have been extended an invitation to hold a vigil in solidarity this Sunday with the hundreds of people fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. This large transmission pipeline would cross the Missouri river, just feet from the Standing Rock Sioux community's water intake in its run from North Dakota to Illinois. They've been fighting to stop the construction for some time now, facing off with armed security, standing in the way of machines, having restraining orders placed on them on their own land.
VIGIL FOR STANDING ROCK
Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1 PM.
East Street (Rte. 116), Plainfield, MAAt the former Kinder Morgan proposed Pipe Yard site on Rte. 116 in Plainfield, MA - about a half mile east of South Central St. (try 162 East Main Street in your GPS).
Simple stand-out vigil. Any signs on eminent domain for private gain, protecting water, FERC, #StandingRockSolidarity, #RezpectOurWater, #HonorTheTreaties, #NoDAPL, or the like are great!
There are several exciting announcements for our northeast regional pipeline fights as well - good time to get the word out and show solidarity with the Standing Rock community. Bring your cameras or smart phones to share pictures or video with with folks back in North Dakota, and with social media (tag #NoDAPL) and the press.
Please share this announcement widely!* * *
If Plainfield is a long trek, please consider holding a vigil near you. It can be as simple as naming a place and time for people to gather and inviting those in your circles.
You can also send funds or supplies to help out:
Mail supplies directly to:
Sacred Stone Camp
P.O. Box 1011
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538
Pipeline Tax is Ruled Illegal in Massachusetts!
To all our No Fracked Gas in Mass followers who chimed in on the pipeline tax, pat yourselves on the back! Along with the other 150+ member organizations in Mass Power Forward, your voice backed up the work by CLF and the Attorney General in countering this illegal plan approved by our own state’s Department of Public Utilities.
MASS POWER FORWARD COALITION CELEBRATES SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT’S DECISION TO STRIKE DOWN PIPELINE TAX
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts struck down the so-called “pipeline tax” (ENGIE Gas & LNG LLC v. Department of Public Utilities — SJC 12051), which would have forced electric ratepayers to subsidize new gas pipelines.
Electric distribution utilities like Eversource Energy and National Grid have sought approval for an unprecedented mechanism that would pass substantial new infrastructure costs onto ratepayers — an arrangement which would, in effect, help utilities finance new interstate natural gas pipelines planned by Kinder Morgan and Spectra. The Court determined that a recent Department of Public Utilities ruling allowing utilities to pass along these costs violated the 1997 electric restructuring act, which the legislature had enacted in part to shield ratepayers from bearing investment risks. In this case, Conservation Law Foundation and ENGIE Gas & LNG brought suit against the Department Public Utilities, and both the Attorney General and the court ultimately sided with CLF/ENGIE.
Mass Power Forward, a statewide coalition of more than 150 environmental, social justice and community groups, businesses, and faith organizations, released the following statement in response:
“Today, the Supreme Court upheld critical laws shaped to protect consumers and combat climate change. The regressive “pipeline tax” approved by Governor Baker’s Department of Public Utilities would have effectively transferred wealth from ratepayers to large pipeline and utility companies, forcing customers to promote expansion of fossil fuels against their will."
No Fracked Gas in Mass and Berkshire Environmental Action Team are Mass Power Forward member organizations.
Massachusetts pipeline tax ruling threatens New England pipeline project
A plan to have Maine electric consumers underwrite a contract to help pay for expanded natural gas capacity in New England suffered a major setback Wednesday when a court in Massachusetts ruled against a similar proposal in the Bay State. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled against
the state’s Department of Public Utilities’ requirement that electricity customers help subsidize construction of private gas pipelines.
The court said private companies should bear all the financial risks. Reaction came swiftly in Maine, where the Public Utilities Commission last month gave conditional approval for a similar measure
. After two years of study, Maine regulators decided that subsidizing new supply would benefit residents overall by lowering natural gas and electricity rates. The decision also is a blow to the priorities of Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration has promoted natural gas expansion as a key to lowering the state’s electricity costs.
Access Northeast pipeline was endorsed by two of Maine’s three PUC commissioners in the agency’s approval of pursuing pipeline capacity here.
Maine’s action was conditioned on four other New England states taking similar action, noted Ben Tettlebaum, a staff attorney in Portland. Massachusetts, which uses the most natural gas in the region, was the pivotal state in any plans for ratepayers underwriting pipeline expansion through their power rates. “With that state out of the picture, prospects for a regional gas pipeline expansion are slim to none,” Tettlebaum said. “No other party is willing to take the significant risk of entering into a long-term contract for a gas pipeline, which is why Maine has tried to saddle electric ratepayers with this gamble.”
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If you urged your MA state legislators to intervene in
Berkshire Gas case at the DPU - thank you!
Legislators seek direct involvement in regulatory process over Berkshire gas moratorium
By RICHIE DAVIS, Greenfield Recorder Staff
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Area lawmakers want to get legally involved in the regulatory process that could affect Berkshire Gas Co.’s now 2-year-old moratorium on new hookups.
Legislators from Franklin and Hampshire counties on Tuesday have applied to the state Department of Public Utilities to become formal intervenors in the Berkshire Gas Co.’s proposed four-year forecast and resource plan.
The 241-page filing is projected to prepare an analysis of supply alternatives to provide incremental capacity and lift the moratorium in an area that includes Greenfield, Montague, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately in Franklin County, and Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield in Hampshire County.
The delegation, including Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst; Reps. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington; John Scibek, D-South Hadley; Ellen Story, D-Amherst; Paul Mark, D-Peru and Peter Kocot, D-Northampton, is filing on behalf of their constituents and communities that are subject to a 2014 moratorium on new or expanded service that was contingent on completion of the proposed Kinder-Morgan Northeast Energy Direct interstate gas pipeline project that was stopped earlier this year.
Berkshire Gas DPU Hearings
Along with a hearing at Massachusetts DPU Headquarters in Boston, they will also be holding a Greenfield Hearing
for Berkshire Gas’ Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan
. Meet the DPU to chime in on Berkshire Gas’ for their five-year forecast for 2016/17 through 2020/21. Please come to the Greenfield hearing, in the heart of the Moratorium-affected territory!
CT Expansion updates
Thanks to those who have been attending Sandisfield’s Conservation Commission meetings. Kinder Morgan might not be attending more of the monthly meetings until they receive more permits. With 401 appeal filed by PipeLine Awareness Network for the Northeast (PLAN-NE) and No Fracked Gas in Mass' parent organization Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), that process may stall for months, possibly to end of the year. We’ll keep you posted.
HOW CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS CAN HELP
You can get a much better 2016 Comprehensive Energy Strategy than the 2013 one that called for helping home owners switch from oil to gas rather than energy efficiency (weatherization and insulation) and adding a cold-weather heat pump. Stay tuned to No Fracked Gas in Mass
or contact CT Sierra Club
to get information on how to push for a more balanced and environmentally friendly energy policy that could erase need for the CT Expansion pipeline completely. You'd be helping yourselves and your neighbors in Massachusetts and New York!
Featured Events• Check No Fracked Gas in Mass' Events page for more upcoming events. Please send us notice of your pipeline or energy-related events, so we can add you to our list!
SUNDAY — AUGUST 21, 2016 —BOSTON, MA
WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 24, 2016 — BETHLEHEM, NY
TUESDAY — AUGUST 30, 2016 — GREENFIELD, MA — DPU Greenfield Hearing for Berkshire Gas’ Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan. Meet the DPU to chime in on Berkshire Gas’ for their five-year forecast for 2016/17 through 2020/21.
Greenfield Middle School
195 Federal Street
SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 — AGWAM, MA - E. GRANBY, CT
MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - REHOBOTH, MA
— Rehoboth Board of Selectmen Public Meeting On Algonquin Gas Access Northeast Project. The purpose of this Public Meeting is to address questions and concerns regarding the Access Northeast Project and proposed compressor station to be located in the Town of Rehoboth. Representatives from Algonquin Gas/Spectra will be present to respond to questions addressed by a panel of municipal representatives consisting of officials from the Town of Seekonk, City of Attleboro and Town of Rehoboth.
The public is encouraged to forward questions and/or concerns which they would like addressed by the representatives from Algonquin Gas in writing to the Board of Selectmen’s Office, Town of Rehoboth, 148 Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 prior to September 26, 2016 and to attend this public meeting. The public will not be able to direct questions directly to the panel, but may submit additional questions in writing at the time of the meeting. Please feel free to contact the Selectmen’s Office at 508-252-3758 if you have any questions.
Rehoboth Senior Center
55 Bay State Road
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Defeating the Pipelines!
Thanks to Your Help!
We'll still be here, fighting the CT Expansion pipeline and aiding other communities fighting AIM, Access Northeast, Constitution and others, and keeping an eye out for possible resurrection of NED or another restructured project. We'll also still be working with PLAN-NE, Mass Power Forward and other organizations to help ensure bold steps away from fossil fuel dependency continue and grow!