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Reminder: New Home of New Fracked Gas in Mass
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YOUR CALLS NEEDED:
Call Congress regarding CT Expansion
and FERC Commission nominees
 

Tree felling has been completed, and stump removal and other prep work are underway for installation of the CT Expansion pipeline. The FERC docket for this project is busy with filings from multiple parties, from the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historical Preservation Office’s Request for Rehearing, MassPLAN’s Motion to Stay and Request for Rehearing, to our MA Senators and Congressman Neal. There are serious problems with the validity of the Notice to Proceed, given FERC’s lack of a quorum with only two commissioners, and given these still unresolved issues.

It’s been over a month since the earliest of these latest requests have been filed and FERC has remained silent, letting preparation for construction of the CT Expansion pipeline continue.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION:
Please call Senators Warren and Markey and Congressman Neal (if you’re in his district), to thank them for their letters asking FERC to revoke the Notice to Proceed for CT Expansion. Urge them to further press FERC for a response, and let them know there are multiple reasons this pipeline should not move forward beyond what they cited in their letters.


• Also include opposition to Trump's FERC Nominees in your call.
MONDAY & TUESDAY — MAY 22 & 23, 2017 — WASHINGTON DC (and by phone)
FERC Senate Lobby Days FERCSenateLobbymay2223 Organized by steadfast fighters for FERC reform, Delaware Riverkeeper, this push to challenge Trump's Nominees for the vacancies at FERC is also a good reason to contact MA & CT Senators, demanding that they push FERC to respond to concerns over the CT Expansion pipeline. The hearings for these nominees will be on May 25th.
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YOUR INPUT NEEDED:

Clean Energy Future Tour:
Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, is holding a "Clean Energy Future Tour" throughout Massachusetts to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change, asking the question:

How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong?

This is a good opportunity to voice your opinion on important environmental issues, such as stopping new gas pipelines and their accompanying compressor stations, LNG facilities and gas-burning electric plants, eliminating other high-carbon emissions generation like wood-burning biomass, keeping utilities from penalizing homeowners pursuing clean energy options, and boosting truly clean energy production and grid-scale storage for these systems. These hearings are your chance to bring your concerns and ideas directly to the MA Senate Committee.

Reference to views on existing bills in the Legislature isn’t necessary, but very much appreciated by the Committee.
» Find more information on the Tour
» Info on specific bills coming up at No Fracked Gas in Mass

Eversource Rate Hike Proposal

Eversource (comprised of WMECO and National Grid), have filed a request for substantial rate hikes with the Massachusetts DPU. It includes new pricing that would give Eversource unprecedented profits and have extra charges for households converting over to solar / utility intertie.

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to write to the Mass Dept Public Utilities (deadline May 31) to let them know how you feel about the recent rate case filing by Eversource. Even if you are a National Grid Customer, the 2 corps (Eversource consists of WMECO and National  play off each other in alternating years.

DEADLINE TO FILE COMMENTS IS MAY 31, 2017

» Learn more about this controversial rate hike proposal
SPECTRA / ENBRIDGE NEWS:
Massachusetts Let Spectra Energy Secretly Edit its Pollution Permit in Atlantic Bridge Gas Project
By Itai Vardi, DeSmogBlog
May 18, 2017

Massachusetts environmental officials allowed Spectra Energy to quietly review and edit a draft approval of an air pollution permit the state plans to grant the company for its Atlantic Bridge gas project.

According to emails obtained by DeSmog through an open records request, this privilege of reviewing and editing the draft approval was granted exclusively to Spectra and not to the general public.  

Editing Compressor Project’s Draft Pollution Permit
As part of the project, a planned expansion of Spectra’s Algonquin pipeline through the northeast U.S., the company intends to build a new gas compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Late last year, Spectra was purchased by Canadian energy giant, Enbridge.

Since the compressor station will emit various pollutants, it requires environmental permits from state authorities. Spectra submitted an air quality application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in October 2015.

Emails show that within a few months, state officials had already drafted a preliminary permit, or “Plan Approval,” of the application.

Then, in February 2016, the DEP’s Permitting Chief for the Southeast Region, Thomas Cushing, sent the draft for editing to David Cotter of Trinity Consultants, Spectra’s air pollution contractor in the project. Cushing wrote, “David, [A]s discussed, I attached a rough draft of the Algonquin approval for your review and comment.”

At that point, the draft was already written on the DEP’s official letterhead and addressed to Spectra’s Houston headquarters.  

Cotter returned the draft to Cushing in early April 2016, after revising it in numerous places using Microsoft Word’s track changes tool. In his edits, Cotter changed text, deleted several words and data, and inserted comments.



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

The events listed here are not 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.



SUNDAY — MAY 21, 2017 — BRAINTREE, MA event invite quirk open house 5.21EV Open House with Drive Green / Mass Energy. We'll be at Quirk Cars in Braintree on Sunday, May 21st. Stop by and test-drive the Chevy Bolt, Volt, Nissan LEAF, Ford plug-in models, and Kia Soul EV. Plus, ask us all your questions on how you can buy or lease a new electric vehicle with a big discount through Drive Green with Mass Energy. Test drive a top EV and get all your EV questions answered by experts.
10am-2pm - drop in anytime!
Quirk Chevrolet
444 Quincy Ave.
Braintree, MA

MONDAY & TUESDAY — MAY 22 & 23, 2017 — WASHINGTON DC (and by phone)
FERC Senate Lobby Days FERCSenateLobbymay2223 Organized by steadfast fighters for FERC reform, Delaware Riverkeeper, this push to challenge Trump's Nominees for the vacancies at FERC is also a good reason to contact MA & CT Senators, demanding that they push FERC to respond to concerns over the CT Expansion pipeline.
» See more details

MONDAY — MAY 22, 2017 — WEYMOUTH, MA
Clean Energy Future Tour: Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy. Held by the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change.
This is a good opportunity to voice your opinion on important environmental issues, such as stopping new gas pipelines and their accompanying compressor stations, LNG facilities and gas-burning electric plants, eliminating other high-carbon emissions generation like wood-burning biomass, keeping utilities from penalizing homeowners pursuing clean energy options, and boosting truly clean energy production and grid-scale storage for these systems. These hearings are your chance to bring your concerns and ideas directly to the MA Senate Committee.
6:00 P.M.
Mary Jo Livingstone Humanity Center at Weymouth High School
1 Wildcat Way
South Weymouth, MA
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SATURDAY — MAY 27, 2017 — WENDELL, MA 18424118_297439987375948_6968992866273943560_n

AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock - Film Screening and Dinner. Come see the brand-new film documentary chronicling the events at Standing Rock by Josh Fox, James Spione, and Myron Dewey. Donations welcome to support the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund, created by the filmmakers and Indigenous leaders. Each of the three sections of the film tells the story of the Standing Rock protests in the unique perspective and style of the filmmaker who created it.
This is the first of a three-part Water Protectors Film and Speaker Series co-sponsored by the Wendell Energy Committee and North Quabbin Energy. For more information: 978-544-3686.
» Facebook event page for more information
6 PM - 10 PM
6 pm – Community Potluck Dinner
7 pm – Film Showing and Panel Discussion
Wendell Town Hall
6 Center St.
Wendell, MA

SUNDAY — JUNE 4, 2017 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
NVDA / Peacekeepers Training. You must have completed the full non-violence training in order to take this training and we prefer that you have participated in a large demo where arrests happened or could have, but you do not have to have been arrested yourself.
» To register: www.truthschool.org
3 to 6 PM
Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership
40 Center St.
Northampton, MA

TUESDAY — JUNE 12, 2017 — SPRINGFIELD, MA

Clean Energy Future Tour: Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy. Held by the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change.
6:00 P.M.
LOCATION TBD
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SATURDAY — JUNE 17, 2017 — NORTHAMPTON, MA
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

TUESDAY — JUNE 19, 2017 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Clean Energy Future Tour: Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy. Held by the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change.
6:00 P.M.
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA
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TUESDAY — JUNE 20, 2017 — NORTH SHORE, MA
Clean Energy Future Tour: Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy. Held by the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change.
6:00 P.M.
LOCATION TBD
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TUESDAY — JUNE 26, 2017 — BOSTON, MA
Clean Energy Future Tour: Hearings on Upcoming MA Energy Policy. Held by the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, chaired by Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Pacheco, to get input from the public on critical issues related to clean energy and climate change.
6:00 P.M.
LOCATION TBD
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