November 11, 2019

Tuesday: Coastal Zone Management Decision

The pace of news regarding the compressor station that Enbridge wants to build in Weymouth has been accelerating, with just one more major state permit hanging in the balance (the Coastal Zone Management - CZM permit). This is coming at a time when more and more evidence is mounting that there is no need for this hazardous infrastructure to be built.

Update from FRACCS:

There's been a lot going on in the past month. Here is a brief piece to catch you up:

In the past two weeks we have learned that National Grid, Eversource, Norwich Power, and NG New England have stated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that they do not need any more gas from the Atlantic Bridge project and that they do not need the Weymouth compressor station to meet their demand for for the next fourteen years (National Grid to DPU).

The Town of Weymouth has filed to intervene on the DPU docket for the National Grid 14 year plan.  FRRACS will do the same with the assistance of Mass Pipe Line Action Network.

Karina Wilkinson of Food & Water Watch filed for FRRACS and the coalition on the FERC docket to request FERC revisit the extended approval given the lack of need for the gas.

We have met with Coastal Zone Management one last time to deliver to them information that, in any other universe, would stop this project. CZM is charged with making sure that any facility sited in a Designated Port Area is water dependent (it isn't) and that the public will have access to the water and to the enjoyment of the DPA (we won't). We are counting on CZM to do their job - unlike the Department of Environmental Protection who has steadfastly ignored their own regulations in favor of the polluter.

We have learned that in the latest version of the Superseding Order of Conditions in the Wetlands permit that Enbridge must give the Town of Weymouth a 3 day notice before they can begin any construction. 

After the Public Involvement Plan meeting of October 10, we have been told by the DEP that Enbridge cannot begin construction until they have issued the final Release Abatement Measure, the updated Permanent Solutions Plan, the updated Activities and Use Limitation Plan, and the Site Plan (due in January).

1. Call Governor Baker and ask him for CZM’s climate resiliency review of the compressor.
In 2017, Governor Baker promised that his administration, under the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), would review the proposed Weymouth compressor station to ensure it would be resilient to storms, flooding, and future sea-level rise. Enbridge responded with a “review”, but the Baker administration hasn’t. Enbridge’s review of its own project, without public comment, is unacceptable.

Call Gov. Baker (617-725-4005) and ask him to produce the climate resiliency review that he promised, with time for public comment, before it’s too late. CZM is the last state agency that has the power to stop this compressor station, and they will be announcing their decision to approve or deny Enbridge’s last permit as early as tomorrow, November 12. We need them to delay their decision until this report has been released.

For more info on this action item and other numbers to call, visit FRACCS website.

2. Write to your legislators to tell them to stop the expansion of fossil fuels. Consumers for Sensible Energy have an easy form that you can fill out to contact your legislators. Check it out here.

Moral Support Rally at CZM - Nov. 12
On Tuesday, November 12, the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) will decide whether or not to allow Enbridge to attempt construction of their fracked-gas compressor station in Weymouth.

To help CZM make the right decision, we will be hosting a moral support rally outside of their offices from 8:30-10:00 am tomorrow morning. RSVP here.

Please bring teddy bears, supportive signs, and/or any items of moral encouragement for CZM to make the right decision. We will be bringing a gold star in anticipation of them making the only acceptable choice for our neighborhoods, our health, and our climate.

Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Trainings:
We are continuing to schedule Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) trainings for folks to attend. Taking part in direct action doesn't necessarily mean risking arrest, so we encourage you to attend even if you can’t risk arrest.  Below are two training dates. If you can’t make it to either of these, that's okay, there will be more trainings over the coming weeks and months.

Saturday, November 16, 9 am - 3pm - 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
This training is being organized by Extinction Rebellion MA, but they have kindly offered to welcome FRRACS allies at their trainings and will include elements of the fight in Weymouth. If you can attend this training, please RSVP with them here and please let us know if you attend.

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm - 16 Nevada Road, Quincy
This is a FRRACS-organized nonviolent direct action training. Please RSVP here if you can make it.
Fossil Fuel Industry Conference - Nov. 20 and 21
On November 20 & 21 there will be a fossil fuel industry conference held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.  It will be held on that Wednesday from noon - 7:30PM and Thursday from 7:30AM - 2:30PM.  We are planning a peaceful protest and picket with signs to cover several entry points of the hotel. 
Please fill out this form to let us know if you can make it.

— FUTURE Act hearing by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE).

    •    Creates a path to a safer renewable energy future.
    •    Addresses the neglected gas system’s current leaky pipes and safety challenges.
    •    Reforms our Department of Public Utilities (DPU).
Shirt Up and Show Up Put on your Mothers Out Front T-shirt and join us at the State House’s Gardner Auditorium. We need to show the TUE that Mothers and our allies care. We want to heat our homes with clean, renewable sources, not with dirty natural gas. Let’s pack the auditorium! RSVP below.

The starting time of 1:00 pm has been confirmed but plan on coming earlier to get a seat. There will be multiple gas bills discussed; so stay all afternoon if you can, but attending any part of the hearing will be helpful.
The FUTURE Act hearing is 1pm. We need to fill the seats to show that we’re serious about transitioning off fracked gas as a heat source in our buildings.

12pm – 5pm
Gardner Auditorium
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

»  RSVP and event info here

— Tell Gov Baker – We need Zero Waste – Public Hearing

Our state prides itself on being ahead of the curve, but we have so much further to go away from incinerating trash and leaking landfills polluting our air, land, water- and children! Join us at this important public hearing about the Baker administration’s new plan!
Free public event.

5 PM – 8 PM
1187 Parker Street
Springfield, MA 01129

» Facebook event page

— Climate crisis teach-in and action workshop

Franklin Pierce Institute for Climate Action
3-4 pm: Teach In: Roots of the Climate Crisis
4 pm: Action Workshop: What should we do to fight climate change?

For more information contact: Jerry Burns @ 603.899.4293 or Catherine Koning @ 603.899.4322
Free public event.

3 PM – 5:30 PM
Cheshire Hall Community Room
Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461

» Facebook event page

— 2019 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair.

Be part of this one-stop shopping event for news and ideas about living in harmony with our earth. There will be exhibits and information on renewable energy and sustainable living in addition to good food and drink.

Meet motivated attendees, speak with like-minded exhibitors, lead workshops or listen to speakers on a variety of topics. Our goal is to continue to educate the public while showcasing products and services to achieve this end. This event is free public event with free and easy parking. This is the largest indoor/outdoor environmental Fair in the Capital Region.

We had over 250 people attend our first ever Fair in 2016 and we had close to 400 attend last year with 53 exhibitors explaining everything from geothermal/solar/wind energy to carbon sequestration to car sharing to zero waste.
Free Public Event

10 AM – 4 PM
Armory at Sage College
130 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

» Facebook event page  

— Conservation Commission Eversource Hearing

The Conservation Commission’s Eversource permit hearing has been rescheduled from Monday, November 4th to Monday, November 25th at 7:15 PM- Town Hall, 2nd floor.

We will let you know if this date changes.

This is a very important hearing. The Conservation Commission has permitting authority with regard to wetlands and stormwater, and it’s possible that a vote will be taken at this meeting. Please make every effort to attend and share this information widely.

There is absolutely no way for Eversource to perform the construction and digging required by this project — which is estimated to take 5 years — without doing irreparable damage to wetland areas, wildlife habitats and Ashland State Park. Whether or not you speak or ask questions, your presence in opposition to this project is very important. We recommend you arrive early for seating.

Free public event. Hosted by No Ashland Pipeline
7 PM – 10 PM
Ashland Town Hall
101 Main Street, 2nd floor
Ashland, MA 01721

» Facebook event page

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