July 28, 2017
Your Voice Needed!

New Hearings for Eversource Rate Hike

It's back! Eversource has revised a rate case proposal, so there are additional public hearings. The proposal is still bad, but in general the revision makes it slightly less bad for Western MA and a bit worse for Eastern MA (you can read a summarized list of changes here – note that, among other things, you will see charges for low-income customers increase in some regions and decrease in others). To be clear, the fact they are trying a Plan B is the result of overall discontent and people speaking up from various sectors and regions.

6:00 PM

Boland Theatre (Koussevitzky Building)
Berkshire Community College

1350 West St.
Pittsfield, MA

Cape Cod Community College
Tilden Arts Center Main Theater
2240 Iyannough Road
West Barnstable, MA

Persons interested in commenting on Eversource’s revised rate design proposal may appear at any of the public hearings or may file written comments by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on August 31, 2017.

Call to Demand: No Fast-tracking Pipeline Reviews,  Say No to Senate Bill S.1460

(And keep calling, urging them to oppose S.1460)

Congress is trying to rush through a pipeline fast-track bill that expedites LNG terminal approvals (creating “need” for more pipelines), requires increased deference to FERC from state, local and tribal governments, and much more. The House version – H.R. 2910 – just passed last week. The word is that the Senate bill (S.1460) could be voted on soon, and that Bernie Sanders is so far the only Senator to have spoken out against it!

Please make a quick call:
Capital switchboard: (202) 224-3121
– they will connect you to your Senators.

Basic message:  Please oppose S.1460 – it would fast-track LNG export and pipeline reviews, instead of giving them the additional scrutiny they need!  This energy bill moves us in the wrong direction in many ways.  The fossil fuel industry doesn’t need more handouts and FERC needs major reform, not more power to do the fossil fuel companies’ bidding.

Here is a fact sheet with more information about the bill; here is the full text.
While phone calls are best, here’s a quick link from Food & Water Watch with an editable form email that has the basics.

Please share this action alert (including with people in other states)!
Thank you for your help and for staying engaged!

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

— Celebration for a Living Earth
Join us, The Sugar Shack Aliance, for this summer’s public rally and picnic to raise our collective concerns and awareness on the continued resistance to the Kinder Morgan/TCG CT Expansion Pipeline in the Otis State Forest! Once again, meet us at Spectacle Pond where we gathered last year for our last summer solidarity picnic! We will again feature musical guests and speakers from across the movement and from all corners of the northeast! That’s from 10am to noon!
Then, at 12:30pm, a potluck picnic lunch at 12:30pm, followed by an informal gathering of musicians improvising together at our staging area at just north of the pond at Sue Baxter’s Barn, 250 Cold Spring Rd. Free, Family-friendly and open to the public!
For more information, go to the Sugarshack Alliance website at: sugarshackalliance.org, or contact Elizabeth at 215-355-2145
10 AM – 2 PM
Lower Spectacle Pond
Cold Spring Rd.
Sandisfield MA

What You Can Do Now – Activist Training. In the age of Trump, what we do at the state and local level is more important than ever. Massachusetts is continuing to be a clean energy leader.
Presentation by Emily Norton of Sierra Club will bring you up to speed on key state level clean energy bills under consideration on Beacon Hill, and give you the tools you need to effectively advocate to your elected officials.
– Welcome and lay of the land
– Overview: “Mass. Clean Energy 101”
– Overview: “Demystifying elected officials”
– Next steps
» RSVP via Mass Sierra Club’s Calendar
(See NFGiM's Events page for similar trainings throughout the state)


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

Facebook event

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

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

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.