February 26, 2018

Speak Out Against the New 2019-2024 OffShore Drilling Plan

NOTE: The location of the Boston Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Open House has changed a couple of times.
It's now at:
February 27 — Boston, MA* (location change)
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA
Meeting Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

The remaining northeast Open Houses are:
February 28 — Providence, RI
March 5 — Concord, NH
March 7 — Augusta, ME

Given the diffused nature of an Open House, it's important to also submit comments on the BOEM docket. 

Sen. Rosenberg calls for Western Mass hearing on $24 million Columbia Gas pipeline plan
By Mary C. Serreze, Springfield Republican / MassLive
February 16, 2018

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg on Tuesday asked the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to hold a public hearing in the western part of the state in addition to its Feb. 13 hearing held in Boston.

In a letter to DPU Secretary Mark D. Marini, Rosenberg said that "conducting hearing which are accessible to those residents who are affected increases the visibility and transparency" of the process.

In comments filed with the DPU under docket 17-172, activist groups such as Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Now, and No Fracked Gas in Mass oppose the expansion, or call for a delay until Columbia's forecast plan is approved. In its five-year plan, Columbia must show the most cost-effective set of solutions to meet future demand.
Meetings this week with discussions
on the Columbia Gas Pipeline Proposal

by Climate Action Now and Arise for Social Justice

Staying Warm Without New Pipelines! Latest news on organizing to resist the Columbia Gas Pipeline Proposal while moving towards 100% Renewable Energy. We need your input and energy!

Monday, February 26
7 to 9 PM

Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering
Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
220 Main Street, Northampton

Wednesday, February 28
6 to 8 PM

Staying Warm Without New Pipelines, Presentation by CAN and Arise
Brightwood Health Center
380 Plainfield Street, Springfield, MA

CT Go Green Rally to Speak Out on the CES and for Clean Energy

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently released a draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that would be detrimental to renewable energy in CT. The people of CT demand a energy policy that serves their needs, instead of maintaining the control that large utilities, energy corporations and car companies currently enjoy.

On February 28th we will be holding a rally in front of the Hartford State House to let our government know that the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Governors’ Council on Climate Change has a responsibility to represent the people of CT when it develops proposed energy policy for the future, and a rewrite is needed.
We have been dependent on fossil fuels for too long, even though we know we have the technology to transition to clean energy like wind and solar. That’s why we need to take action now. Join us let your voice be heard.

February 28, 2018
10 AM – 12 PM

210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT
» If you plan to go, please fill out the Rally RSVP to help planners
» Facebook Event Page
Mass Save Listening Sessions Schedule Now Includes Pittsfield, Springfield and Lowell

Mass Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) has scheduled a series of listening sessions, offering the public a chance to comment on the Mass Save program. Remember, Mass may be #1 in energy efficiency for the last several years, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement! This is a great time for the public to give input on ideas as well as concerns they have with the program.

Some problems noted by energy efficiency advocates include:
• Investor-owned utilities being administrators of the program
• Long wait times when you call them and to get an energy assessment
• Inconsistent quality of implementation of the weatherization measures they allow
• Poor marketing about the program to the general public
• Inconsistent information provided to homeowners about their programs, measures
• A cumbersome process from start to finish for homeowners. Each delay or lack of clarity becomes a barrier to implementation

» See the upcoming dates for all Listening Sessions across the state

New Developments on the Weymouth Compressor Station (Enbridge / Spectra Atlantic Bridge)

Update from FRRACS (Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station) 
On February 17, 2018 we received the victory of time due to a court case brought by Algonquin (Spectra/Enbridge) against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). (From FRRACS - Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station )

Algonquin was charging in its court brief that the DEP was essentially foot dragging and that the Natural Gas Act pre-empted (overrode) any of the permitting that the DEP was charged with.  Although this sounds a little scary, the end result was that there was a agreement made by the DEP to agree to a court ordered time frame in which permits would be granted or denied.  Without conceding to Algonquin’s argument, the DEP will be given until January 11. 2019 to complete the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and either grant or deny the Air Quality Permit.  If the permit is granted, the Town of Weymouth, as an intervenor, has until June 28, 2019 to finish an appeal process.  There was also an intervenor request from the Hingham Residents Against the Compressor Station (HRACS), but we are not sure that they were accepted by the DEP as intervenors just yet.  They are following up on that.  

What does this all mean for us?  Only that the Department of Public Health and the DEP will be given the breathing room to conduct a thorough HIA.  FRRACS will be in appeals in June on the Wetlands permit.  If the Wetlands permit is ultimately approved, we will proceed with our Waterways appeal.  If the Wetlands permit is revoked, the project is likely doomed.

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And watch for Deputy Historic Preservation Officer Doug Harris' inspiring presentation on Ceremonial Stone Landscapes "Let the Landscape Speak for Itself" coming up at the Berkshire Earth Expo Environmental Action Fair in Dalton, MA on April 21!

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