March 17, 2017

March 22: Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes Presentation with Doug Harris

Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes
Their History, Cultural Significance and the threat posed by the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline in Otis State Forest, Sandisfield, MA

Presentation by Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes for the Narragansett Tribe.

Doug’s letter to FERC and the ACHP raised awareness of the lack of a plan by Kinder Morgan to avoid nearly a third of the 73 ceremonial stone landscape features in the path of the Connecticut Expansion pipeline in Sandisfield. Introduction to CT Expansion project by Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.

FREE and open to the public
March 22, 2017
6:00 PM

First Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, MA


Court Victory for the People, Loss for Tennessee Gas
The 401 WQC Appeal Continues!

by Kathryn Eiseman, Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast
March 17, 2017

BOSTON -- In the many ongoing proceedings regarding the Connecticut Expansion pipeline proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), an important legal victory has just been won for Clean Water Act advocacy in the context of Natural Gas Act proceedings. This decision has potential ramifications for interstate gas pipeline proceedings nationwide.

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has rejected TGP's legal arguments with which the company sought to cut short the Massachusetts state agency review of the company’s water quality application filed for the Connecticut Expansion Project.  (Link to court decision)

Last July, the Citizen Petitioners -- 16 individuals, together with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team -- appealed an initial Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) water quality certification issued by the MassDEP Western Regional Office.  In accordance with Massachusetts law, that appeal was filed with the MassDEP Office of Appeals and Dispute Resolution. 

TGP responded by suing all of the Citizen Petitioners in federal district court, asserting that MassDEP lacked jurisdiction to continue with its administrative process because of a section in the Natural Gas Act that the company claimed preempted further state agency review.

Thus, the Petitioners filed their First Circuit appeal in August out of precaution, to preserve all rights of appeal. The Petitioners asked that their own court appeal be dismissed as premature because the MassDEP proceeding remained ongoing.  On Wednesday, the First Circuit did dismiss the appeal, as the Petitioners had requested, allowing the MassDEP review process to continue through to a final decision by the commissioner.

Sandisfield Conservation Commission Meeting
March 21, 2017
Town Offices
66 Sandisfield Rd. (Rte. 57)
Sandisfield, MA

Kinder Morgan is on the agenda: permits still pending, despite their push for tree cutting.
» More information on attending
» More information on Tree Cutting permission for CT Expansion

Call Cuomo - Help us keep the pressure on!

Dear Friend:
We’re asking people to call Governor Cuomo each and every Monday in opposition to the Pilgrim Pipelines using this phone number: 866-846-4075.

This was a concept successfully used during the anti-fracking campaign to demonstrate a steady – and growing – drumbeat of opposition to the dangerous practice.

Can you commit to calling Governor Cuomo every Monday? And can you invite at least five others to call, too? If so, please email

The Pilgrim Pipelines would carry explosive fracked oil along the New York Thruway and through six counties, from Albany to New Jersey, and return the refined products back north. If constructed, the Pilgrim Pipelines would threaten the drinking water for millions of New Yorkers, risk the safety of dozens of communities, and promote fracking and climate change chaos.

Use this number – 866-846-4075 – which enables us to track the number of calls generated – and forward this email widely.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or need more information.
Thank you for your support – together, we’re going to win!

Call In Days to Stop a FERC Quorum Until
Hearings & Reform - March 22 – March 23
Right Now, FERC Can't Approve Any Fracked Gas Pipelines or LNG Export Facilities -- Let’s Keep it That Way

Join the call-in days on March 22 and 23 when we're asking you to make 6 calls to tell your Senators and the members of the Energy and Natural Resources committee to hold hearings to get to the bottom of FERC's abuses of power and address them before approving one more appointee to the Commission! Find your senators' numbers here and scroll down to get the names and numbers of three committee members to call!
Sponsored by Delaware Riverkeepers, Stop the Pipeline and Berks Gas Truth
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"Too Dirty, Too Dangerous:
Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas"

Wednesday, March 22
2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Are you concerned about fracking and natural gas pipelines? 
Concerned about climate change?

If you are—and  you should be—you should join PSR for a webinar:
Natural gas is worse for health than many people realize. More and more gas is extracted using fracking, and scientific studies now associate fracking with hospital admissions, low-birth-weight babies, and other grave health effects. You'll learn about these studies in our webinar.

That's not all. Methane, natural gas's primary component, has a disproportionate impact on climate change. And it leaks into the atmosphere from fracking wells, compressor stations, even the distribution pipes that carry it to our homes.

This leakage makes natural gas at least as bad for the climate as coal, if not worse, over a 20-year timeframe—which is about how long we have to avoid climate catastrophe.
This webinar will deepen your understanding of the dangers associated with natural gas. With that understanding, you can help us reject its use and promote the transition to clean renewable energy sources.

Sign up now to learn why we insist that natural gas is "Too Dirty, Too Dangerous."
Protecting Our Communities: 
Effective Strategies for Resisting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 4, 12 noon EST

Many communities today are facing threats to health and safety from pipelines, compressor stations, fracking, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. These large scale projects led by powerful corporations can seem impossible to stop, but grassroots organizers and activists are developing powerful resistance strategies and collaborating across town and state borders to protect their communities.

Join the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to learn from the community organizers who spearheaded efforts to block the Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct Pipeline in their communities and won! Kathryn Eiseman of Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass. will share their stories and will discuss effective strategies that other communities can use in their own resistance campaigns.

We'd like to welcome all our new subscribers and invite you to look over our Getting Started and Act Now pages to see ideas on how you and your community can fight the pipelines!

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing conversations and discussion.
We're fighting the CT Expansion pipeline and AIM, Access Northeast and others, keeping an eye out for possible resurrection of NED or another new projects. We're also working with PLAN-NE, Mass Power Forward and other organizations to help ensure bold steps away from fossil fuel dependency continue and grow!

No Fracked Gas in Mass is a program of Berkshire Environmental Action Team. Donations made through our direct online Donation button or mailed in check are tax deductible.