March 22, 2019

 
 
 
 

ENERGY FACILITY SITING BOARD (EFSB)
PUBLIC HEARING on TENNESSEE GAS 261 EXPANSION
March 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Longmeadow High School
95 Grassy Gutter Road, Longmeadow, MA

The Energy Facility Siting Board hearing on the Longmeadow Metering Station proposed to be constructed near the Longmeadow Country Club also allows a chance to speak to concerns over other portions of the Tennessee Gas 261 Expansion as well.

Though Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company views this project as separate from the Agawam TGP 261 Compressor Station expansion and new pipeline, opponents and Columbia Gas, one of the TGP’s intended customers, see them as part of the same project. After reviewing claims in their Extended Environmental Notification Form that the projects are separate, and comments from BEAT/No Fracked Gas in Mass and others refuting that claim, officials at the MEPA office have required them to include this Longmeadow Metering Station as part of their EIR. This segmentation is just one concern, others being an increase in horsepower and capacity leading to a rise in emissions and increased use of fracked gas, violating the state's Global Warming Solutions Act.

» See MEPA, FERC and other filings for this project.
Comments opposing the project are at the bottom of the page for reference.

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Written comments may also be submitted on the MEPA and EFSB filings.

MEPA Deadline is March 29 and EFSB is April 10, 2019.
» View comment submission information here

State sets Longmeadow public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in Hampden County
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
March 20, 2019

Residents of Western Massachusetts will have the opportunity to weigh in on plans by Tennessee Gas Pipeline to expand its natural gas infrastructure in the region. The facilities — including a metered point of connection at the Longmeadow Country Club and a new pipeline loop and compressor upgrade in Agawam — would in turn support plans by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to build its own new pipelines to expand service to the Pioneer Valley.

Vote for a Better Building Code!

Town officials have an opportunity every three years to vote on energy efficiency improvements to the building code, and 2019 is a voting year for code becoming effective in 2021. This round of voting is a critical step in helping Massachusetts stay on track with its climate-related emissions targets, and the ability to advocate for a Net Zero Stretch Code.
Many city/town officials are unaware that they can vote – so folks from MCAN, Sierra Club and BEAT/No Fracked Gas in Mass are attempting to contact, inform, and recruit eligible city/town officials from all over the state.

Deadline to register the Primary Representative from your town
is March 29th!

» More information here
Boards of Health Continue to Join in Contacting Governor Baker on Public Health Threat of Fracked Gas Infrastructure

The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) are asking Boards of Health to send a letter to Governor Baker, asking him to consider and appropriately address the health hazards of fracked gas infrastructure development.
» More information

94 Massachusetts municipalities have joined in so far, representing nearly fifty percent of the state's population. Check our list of those that have signed, and if you don't see your town, talk to your board of health about joining as well.

For more information on how, please contact:
— T. Stephen Jones, MD (AKA Steve Jones)
t.stephen.jones@gmail.com and cell 413 320 9417

— Michelle Brooks, Sierra Club
michele.brooks@sierraclub.org and phone (617) 423-5775

Under Pressure: 2019 Senior Energy Documentary
Excellent new student documentary on the Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas Disaster.
» View on YouTube

NEWS

• ATLANTIC BRIDGE / WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION •
Mass. town loses wetlands challenge to
Atlantic Bridge compressor station
by Barbara Grzincic, Westlaw News (via Reuters)
March 20, 2019


A Massachusetts town cannot use its own wetlands ordinance to block construction of a natural gas compressor station for an Enbridge unit’s interstate pipeline expansion project, a federal appeals court held on Tuesday.


• GRANITE BRIDGE •
Granite Bridge pipeline tests state infrastructure corridors
By Alexander LaCasse, Foster’s Daily Democrat
March 17, 2019

One hurdle in the Granite Bridge proposal is the unwillingness of many Epping residents to allow Liberty to build an LNG storage tank, a major component of the pipeline, in a 15-acre abandoned quarry on a 140-acre property. In the town’s March 12 election, 75 percent of voters passed Article 31, a non-binding referendum started as a citizen’s petition against construction of the storage tank. Liberty contends the tank will add $7 million in annual tax revenue and more than $150 million for the life of the tank.

EVENTS
SUNDAY — MARCH 24, 2019 — NORTHAMPTON, MA

Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal Town Hall - In February, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution, a bold set of goals that calls for a national mobilization to transform the economy, fight climate change, and create millions of jobs. In the Senate, Ed is fighting for the climate action we need to avert a catastrophe.
Central to the Green New Deal resolution is ensuring a democratic, inclusive process for determining how we move forward as a nation. Ed invites you to join him in Northampton for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal and more.

Show up to show support for the #GreenNewDeal

Sunday, March 24th
6:00pm – 7:30pm
(Doors open at 5:30pm)
Northampton High School
380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA

» Facebook Event


SUNDAY — MARCH 24, 2019 — GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
BIFF Screening: Climate Refugees

Join us for the second film screened as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival’s second annual Environmental Film Focus series. Hosted by Bard College at Simon's Rock, films will be screened in the McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center, followed by informative Q&A with panelists Jane Winn from Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.

$10 General Admission.  Free for BIFF REEL Friends (with membership card), students, faculty, and staff of Simon's Rock (with ID). ACE credit available for students. 

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Daniel Arts Center - McConnell Theater
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA


FRIDAY — MARCH 29, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Information Session and Town Hall. Come join staff of EEA and local legislators to learn more about MVP Planning Grants and Action Grants and to talk with state officials and other cities and towns about the impacts of extreme weather and climate change in your community.  These information sessions and Town Hall discussions are being held around the state following an announcement of a $10 million dollar availability of funding for FY 2019.  More dates and locations are forthcoming in late April and May.
To RSVP or for Questions please contact Meg Colclough in EEA Public Affairs: 617.626.1110, meg.colclough@mass.gov

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission,
1 Fenn Street #201, Pittsfield, MA 01201



SATURDAY — APRIL 6, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA

Berkshire Earth Expo 2019
Berkshire Earth Expo is a collaboration of many different community members in the Berkshires, including students, teachers, parents, businesses, non-profits, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, and Living the Change Berkshires.

This year at the Berkshire Earth Expo, attendants will participate in the Cooler Communities Berkshires Challenge! This challenge serves as a tool to help our communities save money and energy, all by reducing our carbon footprint.
One person can make a difference, and a whole community can make a transformative impact. Visit the expo for a wealth of information and resources to help you shrink your carbon footprint and to collaborate with others.

Free Public Event
11 AM – 4 PM
Boys & Girls Club Of The Berkshires
16 Melville Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

» Facebook Event Page


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