August 4, 2017
Upcoming Events, Hearing & Rally!


Let the Landscape Speak – fundraiser to protect ceremonial features

Presenter: Doug Harris, Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes & A Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).  Doug Harris will present a history of Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in the Northeast region and the struggle to preserve them. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

Over 1/3 of the 73 features identified in Sandisfield have been desecrated by the construction of a new gas pipeline. This occurred because FERC approved the project before the stone features were identified, and then failed to consult with the tribes in a meaningful manner to resolve the adverse impacts. While harm has been done, this is also an opportunity to support the Indigenous peoples of our region so they can challenge FERC’s behavior in the courts. If successful, ceremonial stone landscapes will be preserved, not destroyed; a result that would have national implications.
3:00 – 5:00 PM

First Churches, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Please enter on the Center Street side of the building

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Even if you cannot attend, please consider making a contribution for legal costs of this fight. You can make a tax deductible contribution online.


7:00 PM
Amherst Cinema
 28 Amity Street
Amherst, MA

DOER Biomass regulations-New Hearing. Massachusetts Department of Energy is proposing regulations that allow our money to pay for industrial-scale wood burning . The implications, and potential impacts, of these proposed regulations is deeply concerning from a public health, the climate crisis, environmental justice, and forest sustainability perspective. We asked DOER for a Western Massachusetts hearing and a comment deadline extension. They added this hearing. We expect the forest industry to show up to defend their business interests, will you attend and speak up for the climate, our forests and future generations?
10 AM – 12 PM
Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA


Rally in Albany Tell Cuomo Deny 401 WQC for CPV Natural Gas Power Plant and be a Climate Leader. We will be rallying in Albany to pressure Governnor Cuomo to do the right thing and be a climate leader – DENY the 401 Water Quality permit for the Millennium Valley Lateral Pipeline and Eastern System Upgrade. We are demanding that he shut down CPV once and for all.
11 AM – 2 PM
New York State Capitol
Legislative Office Bldg 933
Albany, NY
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— Roadshow to Renewables: Clean Energy Activist Training.

In these times, what we do at the state and local level is more important than ever to ensure that Massachusetts continues to be a clean energy leader, and that clean energy conversion is fair to all. Please join us for this activist training in Pittsfield presented by Steve Linsky from the Massachusetts Sierra Club, and Eugenia Gibbons of Mass Energy Consumers Alliance.

This event is co-hosted by: 350MA-Berkshire Node, Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Massachusetts Sierra Club, and No Fracked Gas In Mass.
» Event is FREE, but please RSVP Here

Many more events including weekly vigils
and protests
- (See a full list on our Events Page)

Connecticut DEEP finally releases their
Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy

Originally planned to be released in September of 2016, Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), has finally released it's draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). The 2013 version of this policy is what provided incentives for conversion to natural gas for heating. The projected increase in use from that older policy is what created the "need" for Kinder Morgan's CT Expansion pipeline.  Even through those conversions failed to materialize in numbers that should have called for an increase in capacity, the project has gone ahead and is now nearing completion.

The 2017 CES having just been released, we've yet to pour through the details. What fossil fuel opponents have been advocating for clean energy only solutions - for both heating and electric generation. Another item of interest that may or may not be addressed is CT's "pipeline tax" which has been in place since 2015. We will fill in more key points on No Fracked Gas in Mass's CES page as we look at the details.

Since this is a Draft version, there will be opportunities for comments (listed below).

» Read the Executive Summary
» Read the 2017 Draft CES

Senate confirms two energy commission nominees, restoring quorum
By Devin Henry, the Hill
August 3, 2017

The Senate voted Thursday evening to confirm two of President Trump's nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), paving the way for the commission to have its first quorum in six months.

Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson were confirmed by unanimous consent and are slated to join the five-member board, which has seen its action paused since February following a pair of retirements.

FERC is responsible for permitting decisions on energy projects like natural gas pipelines and export terminals. The lack of a quorum has left FERC unable to move such projects forward, inaction that has led to frustration in the energy, manufacturing and business communities.

Neither Chatterjee nor Powelson was considered a controversial pick. Chatterjee is an energy aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Powelson is a Pennsylvania utilities regulator.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced both nominations in June on 20-3 votes. Democrats, though, had been hesitant to bring their nominations to the floor for confirmation votes until they were assured a Democratic nominee would receive a vote as well.

The White House filed paperwork for Democrat Richard Glick’s nomination on Wednesday. Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Thursday she would hold a September hearing for Glick’s nomination and that of Kevin McIntrye, whom Trump has picked to be chairman of the commission.

Democrat Cheryl LaFleur is the only current member of FERC. Former Commissioner Colette Honorable and former Chairman Norman Bay left the commission earlier this year.

» Read the original story
We're fighting the CT Expansion pipeline, Atlantic Bridge and others, keeping an eye out for possible resurrection of NED or other 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!

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