May 31, 2018

Comment Period on FERC Project Approval Process Extended to July 25!

Ever think, as we were going through FERC hearings and submitting comments to pipeline dockets, there has to be a better way

Your Chance to Speak Out on FERC’s Pipeline Review Process!

On April 25, 2018, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opened a public comment period regarding how the agency carries out its own review and approval of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Due to an outpouring of concern and public pressure, FERC has agreed to extend the public comment period an additional 30 days, ending on July 25th.

This is a critical opportunity to voice concern over FERC’s biased review process and the critical need for reform. FERC essentially operates as a rubber stamp on the pipeline infrastructure projects that come before it for review, with approval for the project being a foregone conclusion by the time it reaches the FERC Commissioners for their vote. Adding to this offense, FERC also contracts biased consultants in its review process, disenfranchises impacted property owners and communities from challenging projects, undermines state and local authorities, fails to consider climate changing impacts of each project, and ultimately uses every opportunity to advance the goals of pipeline companies over the health, safety and needs of the people and environment.

It essential that we seize this moment to make clear to FERC that as a federal agency it has a duty to respect the law and respect the people of the United States of America.

Delaware Riverkeeper offers TWO easy ways you can take action:
    •    Sign the Petition -  Sign onto a letter we will be presenting to FERC by the July 25th deadline.
    •    Send Comments - Use our talking points to craft a unique message which you can submit to FERC through our web-portal. There is no limit to the number of comments you can submit.

» See No Fracked Gas in Mass for more ideas and talking points from several sources, including PLAN-NE, Sierra Club and Stop the Pipeline. Remember, there’s no limit to the number of comments you can make on this docket, so why not take a few different approaches?

Monday June 4th: Please Come to Springfield!
Poor People's Campaign Statewide Action
on Environmental Justice in Springfield, MA

On Monday afternoon, June 4th, 2018 Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign's focus is on Environmental Justice, 1-3 pm, Court Square.
Please come and support the movement for environmental justice and health equity in Springfield.

Why Springfield? These are just some of the reasons:
• Springfield has been determined to be the Number One most challenging city in the US in which to have asthma. Nearly one out of five children and adults have asthma in Springfield.
• City planners promised at least a half-time sustainability coordinator in this year's budget, but the city got a "grants coordinator" instead.
• The city's Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) is just words on paper, and without sustained organizing and activism, it is likely to remain that way.
• At least 42% of Springfield's residents have incomes under $25,00; 40% of all people in this country couldn't handle a $400 emergency.

BERKSHIRES - A reminder from our friends at ener-G-save:
There’s money on the table
We all pay into energy efficiency programs, but few people take advantage of them

by Uli Nagel, project manager for Living the Change Berkshires, ener-G-save, of the Greener Gateway Committee

How many Berkshire residents realize that every month, through their electric bill, they contribute to a utility fund for energy efficiency? It’s a few dollars per household that add up to major amounts that the utilities are obliged to spend on supporting energy efficiency measures (yes, they get paid to do this).  There is also a state program, more on that below.

Berkshire residents and towns can benefit substantially from these programs and should, given our region’s economic challenges. Strangely, we don’t fully do that yet.

» More details on recouping 75-100% refunds
NORTHAMPTON - from Climate Action NOW, Mothers Out Front and ener-G-save:
Do you have two hours to help stop a pipeline?
Climate Action NOW, Mothers Out Front
and Ener-G-Save to form a new program endorsed by the city of Northampton to
Button Up Northampton  (BUN2.0)

Join a friendly group of people, get matched with a partner and all the materials you need to talk with neighbors about free energy audits through Mass Save, energy efficiency, and renewable energy options for use in homes.  You do not have to be a resident of Northampton to join the effort.
Columbia Gas claims it needs new pipeline because there is not enough capacity to meet the need. Instead of new pipelines we can decrease demand through energy conservation & conversion from fossil fuels in home heating.

Sign up to canvass: two-hour shifts on weekends and evenings. 
» More information

Support Still Needed for Ceremonial Stone Landscape Law Suit against FERC
FERC ignored the rules of the National Historic Preservation Act in granting the Certificate for the Connecticut Expansion pipeline, desecrating over 20 Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape features.

There’s still another $15,000 to go to support this legal effort that can prevent this tragedy from being repeated on future projects nationwide. Every contribution helps!

FERC Defends NE Pipeline, Compressor Approval At DC Circ.
By Chris Villani, Law360, May 29, 2018
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit to shoot down bids to review its approval of an Enbridge Inc. unit’s natural gas pipeline project, saying its environmental review of the project and a Massachusetts compressor station were proper.

The embattled Atlantic Bridge Project has been facing litigation from the town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and a group of environmental and municipal groups who say FERC performed a shoddy environmental review before issuing a construction certificate in January 2017 to allow Enbridge to upgrade its Algonquin pipeline system. In urging the D.C. court to deny petitions to review the approval, FERC asserted its broad regulatory power under the Natural Gas Act, saying the pros of the project outweigh the potential cons.

» Read the full story at 360Law
(subscription site, but may be viewed with trial period)

Granite Bridge Route 101 pipeline
open house draws crowd

by Kathleen D. Bailey, Seacoast Online, May 24, 2018

EPPING, NH — Brooks Gagne had done his homework when he stepped through the doors of Josiah’s Meetinghouse. The Epping resident’s biggest question on the Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline and storage tank project was about the tank itself. The tank is slated to be built in an abandoned quarry in Epping.

“Will they be able to keep the liquid natural gas cool in a power failure?” Gagne asked.

Liberty Utilities held the first of several community meetings on its proposed natural gas pipeline Wednesday. While much of the crowd consisted of laborers looking for jobs and environmental activists concerned about the pipeline’s health and safety impact, a handful of local residents asked about the pipeline and storage facility’s impact on their back yards. Granite Bridge would connect existing in-state infrastructure with a new pipeline proposed to be buried in the state’s right-of-way along Route 101 between Stratham and Manchester.

For news on various pipelines, FERC and the industry, check out the
Latest News Tab on our site


Check the Events page for detail on Lowell Pipeline Resistance Thursday Meetings and the weekly vigil opposing the Back Bay Pipeline in Boston and so much more!

Walk the Talk on Climate!
Join the rally Friday morning to call on Mayor Walsh and all US mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action! They must ‘walk the talk’ on climate.
On Thursday June 7, Boston Mayor Walsh will hold an International Mayors Climate Summit. The following day, on June 8th, he will kick off the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting. Hundreds of mayors and their staff, from across the USA, will gather to talk about the future of cities and the well-being of people living in them. Last year, these same mayors passed a resolution supporting a just transition to 100% renewable energy for their communities by 2035.
9:30 AM – 11 AM
Copley Square
560 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
Register/RSVP Call 617-971-8568 or email with any questions.
» Facebook event page

JUNE 23 – 25, 2018 — WASHINGTON, DC

Our communities and our planet are in desperate need of a halt to the permitting and building of all new fossil fuel pipelines and other infrastructure. BXE is planning three days of sharing/training, art-building and action from June 23-25, beginning the morning of Saturday the 23rd.

On June 23rd we will take part in the DC national action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign. This will be the last of 40 days of action the PPC is organizing around the country. Following the demonstration we will gather in the late afternoon for a time of sharing, art-building and getting prepared for action at FERC and elsewhere the morning of Monday, June 25th.

» BXE urges you to sign up for this convergence and action here.  
It’s time to Crack FERC Open!

See many more Upcoming Events on our  Events Page
Continuing our work, thanks to you!
Thanks to your support, we're continuing our work to keep fossil fuel expansion at bay, helping you stay informed to take action for a cleaner, healthier environment and more just energy system.

Every contribution, large or small, helps.
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