February 10, 2018
Comment on DPU Docket for Columbia Gas Pipeline Expansion near Springfield, MA
In 2014 Columbia Gas of Massachusetts imposed a moratorium on homes and businesses installing new or expanded gas hookups in Easthampton and Northampton, stating that there was insufficient capacity in Kinder Morgan’s Northampton Lateral pipeline to serve needs on “peak use” days in winter. In November 2017, Columbia Gas proposed to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (MA DPU) that it would lift the moratorium on both cities by 2021 if it is allowed to build a series of new gas pipelines in its Greater Springfield Service Area. A new pipeline to Holyoke is central to this project, which is based on an assumption of increased gas consumption of 2.2% annually which will amount to over 25% in less than ten years. 

This, like so many other pipeline proposals, is a false solution that would commit the region to expanded use of fossil fuels for decades, at a time we can least afford it.

The comment period on this proposal ends
Tuesday, February 13 at 5 PM.
Please join Pioneer Valley Climate Action Now and others
in commenting on this DPU Docket:

From Climate Action Now:
We are writing with a time-sensitive and very important request. Please submit a comment by February 13th at 5pm to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) opposing the Columbia Gas proposal to build new pipelines in the Greater Springfield region.
To submit a comment to the DPU, visit the Climate Action Now Columbia Gas Expansion (CGE) page here. There are links to instructions for filing your comment, to suggested talking points, and to Climate Action Now’s comment filed with the DPU on February 6.
As part of its Columbia Gas Reliability proposal, the company is requesting DPU approval of a contract with Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) that would allow the construction of a series of new pipelines in the Greater Springfield area. Among other things, Columbia Gas says that its proposed buildout would allow it to end - likely by 2021 -  the moratorium that it imposed on new and expanded gas service in Northampton and Easthampton in 2014. Columbia Gas customers would pay for the new pipelines, whose costs are likely to balloon into the millions.
Please act quickly to make your public comments to the DPU on the Columbia Gas Reliability plan. The comment period deadline is Tuesday, February 13 at 5pm. Let’s work together to create a future powered not by pipelines but by 100% renewable energy!

Thank you for taking action with us!
For questions, contact Climate Action Now at climateactionnowmass@gmail.com.

MA & NY - Valentine's Day Actions

Mass Power Forward Invites You to
Valentine's Day Action at the State House
I Love Clean Energy: Mass Power Forward
Valentine's Lobby Day

Join us for Mass Power Forward's Valentine's Lobby Day! On February 14th, hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.
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10 AM - 3 PM

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA

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Speak Out Against the New 2019-2024 OffShore Drilling Plan!

This program, planned to run from 2019–2024, would open up over 90% of the OSC to exploration and exploitation.
There are two ways to chime in: by submitting comments (deadline March 9) and by attending BOEM’s Open House Meetings.

Stand out Against Fossil Fuel Industry's Congressional Lobbying Soirée

On March 6th, the Independent Petroleum Association of America is hosting a Congressional Reception on the Hill. The industry with unfettered access to Congress hardly needs another opportunity to influence elected officials.

VOICES are also sending an invitation to members of Congress. They plan to call and tweet at them in the weeks leading up to the event and drop-off invites at their offices close to the event. Please join them in D.C. on the 6th! And please help them pressure members of Congress to do the right thing and stand outside with those they represent.

Petition to Ban Plastics From Albertsons' and Whole Foods Markets within 5 Years

Eliminating the use of plastics wherever and whenever possible is crucial - not just for ending the non-biodegradable waste, but for striking down the need for more fossil fuels to make more plastics. Fracking operations are looking to increased use of plastics as a major market for more drilling. A ban on plastics by major retailers can not just help our oceans, waterways and landfills from dealing with pollution, but help people in extraction communities who are dealing with pollution from fracking, processing and ethane cracker plants.

And check out The BagShare for ideas on eliminating disposable shopping bags.

Beware the Coalition for Sustainable Energy:
It’s only goal is to sustain the natural gas industry

by Kathryn R. Eiseman, President of PLAN-NE
Commonwealth Magazine, February 9, 2018

YET ANOTHER PRO-GAS lobbying group forms, this time just as the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change prepares to release its omnibus energy bill. Prompting eye-rolls among clean energy advocates, the lobbying group has the audacity to call itself the “Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy” on its letterhead.

It would more aptly be called the Coalition for Gaslighting Massachusetts.
Looking for the group’s spokesperson Bill Evans on the Massachusetts lobbyist registry, ones finds a William Evans at Pilgrim Strategies, LLC.  While the “Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy” appears to only exist on letterhead, it is worth noting that pipeline company Spectra Energy is on the Pilgrim Strategies “past and present” client list.

The “coalition” does not specify whether it will try to revive an electric ratepayer funding mechanism for new gas pipelines, but it clearly has a legislative mission.

» Read the full story

Appeal of compressor station permit will likely go forward this summer

By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger
Feb 8, 2018

WEYMOUTH — The town’s appeal of the wetlands permit for the proposed North Weymouth natural gas compressor station could go forward as soon as this summer.
A hearing officer with the state Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday said she will lift the hold on the process once a federal judge issues a judgment in a related case.

Algonquin sued the town in federal district court to lift the stay the state Department of Environmental Protection placed on the project in November 2016 after the town appealed state approval of the wetlands permit.

The state also put a hold on its review of a conditional waterways permit after the town appealed it in August. Agency officials determined it would be waste of administrative resources to review the permit while an appeal by the town is pending. The state Office of Coastal Zone Management is also holding off on its review until the project receives a waterways permit.

But a federal judge last month ruled in favor of Algonquin and found that the appeals should move forward. The judge’s decision does not directly affect the stay orders, but a hearing officer said she will lift the order on the wetlands once the judge issues a judgment.

“The hearing on the appeal would likely be sometime this summer, and the decision would come down this fall,” Town Solicitor Joseph Callanan said.

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