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Join in! — September 24, 2016
CT Expansion People Over Pipelines Walk

There will be a People Over Pipelines Walk to Stop the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline on September 24, starting at noon, from Agawam, MA to East Granby, CT. Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion pipeline project has received a lot of press concerning it’s 3.8 mile segment through Sandisfield, Massachusetts and the protected conservation land of Otis State Forest. But the entire pipeline project also contains a segment in Bethlehem, New York just south of Albany, and another from the Agawam, MA compressor station down to East Granby, CT.

— WHY WALK THE CT SEGMENT?
This walk will help bring attention to the re-drafting of the Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) coming up this fall. The previous CES called for statewide conversion of home heating to natural gas. This projected demand became the sole cause of the CT Expansion pipeline proposal, but with heating oil prices dropping drastically, those conversions and the gas market they were suppose to create, never materialized, evaporating the need for the pipeline that is still slated to be built.

The new CES, which is currently being drafted and which will have public comment periods and hearings coming up soon, is an opportunity for the people of Connecticut to ask for more a more sound state energy plan. Expansion of weatherization, efficiency, peak demand response and clean energy measures will allow for a more diverse, cost effective and less environmentally damaging strategy than the old CES.

Walking the route that would be disturbed for yet another large diameter, high pressure pipeline will emphasize the environmental damage avoided by a more conservative energy plan. A wholesale change in direction with Connecticut’s new CES could help break the cycle of gas infrastructure and affect the Spectra AIM and Access Northeast projects as well.

The noon rally at the Agawam, MA compressor station will also highlight the plight of those living near the site, which is slated for expansion under Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion project. Air, noise and light pollution already experienced by the surrounding neighborhood will be substantially increased if the CT Expansion pipeline project receives its final permits.

— WHAT, WHERE and WHEN
Arrive at 11:00-11:30 at Suffield Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Rte. 75 and 168 in Suffield CT, for parking.
» Map to Suffield Village Shopping Center

The People Over Pipelines CT Expansion Walk kicks off at noon on September 24, 2016 with a rally at the 1615 Suffield St. compressor station. Singers and speakers will address pipeline expansion, economic, health and safety and climate concerns. The walk will then continue 8 miles into Connecticut along the pipeline route. Shuttles will bring walkers to the Agawam starting point. Support vehicles will be available throughout the walk.

Participants are welcome to walk the entire route, or join in for as long or short as segment as they like. People from New York state and across New England are invited to stand up for these impacted communities and for a more sane energy policy.

This walk is sponsored by CT Chapter Sierra Club, No Fracked Gas in Mass, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Toxics Action Center, Bethlehem NY EcoDefense and 350 CT.

For more information, please contact the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter at 860-236-4405, or email connecticut.chapter@sierraclub.org.

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Featured Events

No Fracked Gas in Mass will be at these upcoming events!

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 — GREENFIELD, MA (or online)
The Singing Wilderness & Eco Beat Hour, wmcb.net or 107.9 LP FM  (in Greenfield only). Interviews with Linda Black Elk of the Standing Rock Sioux to talk about recent developments in the Dakota Access pipeline fight, and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass to discuss the CT Expansion People Over Pipelines Walk, Berkshire Gas’ long range forecast and other Massachusetts pipeline news.
12-2 PM
(Interviews start at 1:00)


SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016 — CUMMINGTON, MA

Tickets and details available at hilltownchautauqua.org
No Fracked Gas in Mass will be tabling at this event, Sept. 10 until 6:00


SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
Energizing & Democratizing New England's Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Keynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed ecologist and author, will explore the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on climate change, chemical contamination, and shale gas extraction via fracking. Workshop tracks will be led by leaders confronting our current energy system, harnessing critical opportunities, creating new models, and thinking big about possibilities for access for all to clean energy. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Seeley Hall 

Smith College 

7 College Lane 

Northampton, MA
*No Fracked Gas in Mass will be tabling at this event. See you there!

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 — PLAINFIELD, MA
Discussion panel at SEEDS. Important local issues and pipeline news from No Fracked Gas in Mass in conjunction with a collection of diverse artists and scientists who are not local. SEEDS 2016 is an interdisciplinary arts and ecology festival gathering artists, community activists, scientists, spiritual leaders, permaculture practitioners, and more for ten days at Earthdance. Through workshops, residencies, discussions, performances and artistic investigations, SEEDS aims to explore the potent space of art, allyship, movement practice, and ecology. By working with the connections between environmental racism, intersectional oppressions, power/territory, and privilege, SEEDS makes space for multiple voices and forms of participation while creating a space for embodied intelligence and collective inquiry.
Approx. 8 PM
Earthdance
252 Prospect St.
Plainfield, MA
» See website or email for more info


Rally in support of the Dakota Access fight
MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 5, 2016  — NORTHAMPTON, MA
Northampton rally against Dakota Access pipeline - Organizers say they stand in solidarity with others around the country. “The South Dakota Access pipeline threatens sacred sites including burial and ceremonial grounds, as well as water aquifers for the Standing Rock Community and the waters of the people downstream. Our goal is to spread awareness about what is happening, as many mainstream news sources have not covered the action.”
Indigenous percussionists Urban Thunder will perform during the event, networking information will be provided, and donations collected. Co-sponsored by Em Jollie, Jon Hill, Rafael Rodriguez Cruz, First Churches Peace and Justice Committee, Western Mass Code Pink, Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts and the North American Indian Center of Boston.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
First Churches lawn
29 Main Street
Northampton, MA


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