June 6, 2017
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Submit Comments to MassDEP regarding the Waterways Permit for the Weymouth Compressor Station by June 7

MassDEP is accepting comments on Spectra's Ch. 91 Waterways Permit. Though MassDEP conditionally approved this permit, we need to explain to them why it is necessary to deny the  permit.

The folks at FRRACS have useful guidelines and comment submission form at nocompressor.com.

Comments are due by 5:00 pm, June 7th.

Tennessee Gas New Notice of Open Bid could signal more pipeline expansion

On May 23, 2017, Tennessee Gas (Kinder Morgan) posted a new notice of Open Bid for further expansion of its existing pipeline system. So far there are no clear system expansion details, maps or specifications, these most likely being dependent on what contracts they obtain from this Open Bid. The proposal casts a wide net of possibilities, citing the existing 200 Line in Zones 5 & 6 (New York & New England – running from western to southern to eastern MA), capacity connection to the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline, and the possibility of additional compression and new pipeline.

Gov. Baker Enters Mass. Into Multi-State Climate Alliance After U.S. Withdraws From Paris Agreement
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service via WBUR
June 2, 2017

"As the Commonwealth reiterates its commitment to exceed the emission reduction targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, today we join the U.S. Climate Alliance to expand on our efforts while partnering with other states to combat climate change," Baker said in a statement. "After speaking with Governors Cuomo and Scott, our administration looks forward to continued, bipartisan collaboration with other states to protect the environment, grow the economy and deliver a brighter future to the next generation."

State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, applauded Baker for joining the alliance.

Call to say "Thanks - and say no to new fossil fuel development"

Of course, this is the perfect time to contact our Governors and thank them for joining the Climate Alliance, and then remind them that this commitment should obligate them to take fossil fuel development off the table in their state. Though some, like Governor Baker, like to wash their hands of any influence over these projects, citing federal preemption, there are solid steps they can take in advising their state regulatory agencies to deny the needed state permits and to move solidly forward with state legislation mandating stronger energy efficiency and ambitious goals for reaching 100% rewnewables.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Advocates Welcome SMART Program Release: With modifications, new solar regulations could lay foundation for expanding savings, jobs in MA

Jun. 6, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. – The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program regulations, which will now go through a public comment period. Massachusetts boasts the second largest solar workforce in the country thanks to state initiatives like net metering and the SREC 2 program, and today’s announcement could be a first step in giving residents and businesses confidence in the Bay State’s continued commitment to progress. This announcement followed the Governor’s recent commitment to addressing climate change and joining the United States Climate Alliance.

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From Consumers for Sensible Energy in CT
Support Senator Winfield's Amendment

Stop the pipeline once and for all. Connecticut’s energy future is at stake. Our actions now will determine the path forward. This week, we urge legislators to support the Winfield-Rosario Amendment to ban the pipeline tax. The Amendment will protect the people of our state from the risks of new gas pipeline development, including the $6.6 billion cost and the addition of even more fossil fuels in the future. It is time to stop the pipeline once and for all.

UPCOMING EVENTS - (See a full list on our Events Page)

The events listed here are not necessarily sponsored or conducted by No Fracked Gas in Mass. We offer them as a way of helping people participate in the full range of anti-pipeline, pro-clean-energy and environmental events shaping our future.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Presentation about systems for homes, businesses and municipalities. The guest speaker, John Ciovacco, is a mechanical engineer and president of Aztech Geothermal (http://aztechgeo.com/) in Ballston Spa, NY.
Come learn how geothermal systems access renewable energy to heat and cool our buildings, reducing operating costs while eliminating on-site carbon emissions. Mr. Ciovacco will explain what geothermal energy is, and how it can be used to heat and indeed, cool buildings. He will also talk about the economic and environmental impacts of switching from a fossil fuel system to an electrically driven renewable heating and cooling system. He will update us on NYSERDA’s newly formed Renewable Heating and Cooling Division and the $15 million grant program recently authorized by Governor Cuomo.
Aztech Geothermal will offer groups of homeowners in the same neighborhood a substantial group discount.  So… encourage your neighbors to come to this presentation to make it more affordable for everyone!
Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, a local grassroots organization, is co-hosting this event. The event and parking are free and light refreshments will be available.  
6:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
1 Gilligan Road
East Greenbush, NY

Non-Violent Direct Action Training - through the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. These are appropriate for Sugar Shack folks and others wishing to learn the skills and foundations of non-violence in order to consider risking arrest in non-violence direct actions.
» To register: www.truthschool.org
9 AM to 5 PM
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
40 Center St. Northampton

» Many more at No Fracked Gas in Mass' new website

We're fighting the CT Expansion pipeline, Access Northeast, 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!

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.