August 31, 2018

Events throughout the region and beyond

— Stand Out For Wendell State Forest
Wendell State Forest 9-1-18

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) proposes to log in the Wendell State Forest in November 2018. Part of the proposal is to harvest an 80-acre, 110-year old oak forest that is a part of the 7,000 acre publicly owned forest. Public Event Hosted by Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
11 AM - 1 PM
Freight House Antiques
11 East Main ( Route 2)
Erving, MA

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Stop Back Bay Pipeline VigilBackBayFrontBut The City of Boston has allowed National Grid to construct its Back Bay Billionaires' Pipeline, ignoring the winter moratorium, ignoring the unanimous City Council resolution that no decision be made without a robust public conversation, and in spite of the fact that the Attorney General has recommended that the DPU reject the sweetheart financing arrangement. We will bear witness, and make known our opposition to this terrible project that will poison our city, and our planet. Fracked gas is not a "bridge" fuel. We call on our Mayor and elected officials to initiate a moratorium on fossil fuel expansion - stop this madness. Join us for lunch hour, every Wednesday.

Bring signs, make your voice heard.
12 PM - 1 PM
Belvidere St and Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Climate, Jobs, Justice:
Light Up The Night For Climate Action
Light Up Night - Keene Sept 7 2018

ECHO ACTION CLIMATE, RENEWABLE ENERGY, PIPELINE AWARENESS LIGHTED ART RALLY. We'll be standing at various locations around Keene with signs about climate change, renewable energy, jobs, no pipelines and environmental justice.

» More info on how to participate on Echo Action's Facebook Page
Free Public Event
7 PM - 9:30 PM
Keene, NH (Various Locations)

— Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice Rally!Rise for Climate Jobs Justice Sept 8 Worcester
On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. We here in Central Massachusetts are coming together to RISE UP for our future! Environmental Justice is important to all of us! As the Climate continues to drastically change our communities continue to suffer from its effects. Our food sustainability, our health and our jobs are all at stake in these turbulent times! Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action here in Central Mass and across the globe!! Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice is a collaboration of 350 Central Mass, Mothers Out Front, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club and RENEW Worcester!
1 PM - 3 PM
Institute Park
82 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA

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Boston RISE for Climate, Jobs, Justice:
Rally & People's School
Better Future Project logo
JOIN US to envision & build a JUST TRANSITION in MA: FROM dirty coal, oil, & gas TO clean wind & solar power. FROM prisons & deportations TO freedom & sanctuary. FROM worker abuse TO safe, green, family-sustaining union jobs. FROM gentrification & displacement TO affordable housing & transit. FROM corporate control TO community control. FROM polluted air, water, & soil TO healthy people & planet.
FROM extraction & exploitation TO economic & environmental justice.
Resist - Learn - Build - Connect - Act - RISE - for Climate & Immigrant Justice

Join us for the Climate, Jobs, & Justice outdoor “People’s School.”
It will start with a short kickoff rally that highlights the intersections of our issues, the failings of our political system in MA, and the urgency of this moment for us to come together and take action. The rest of the day will consist of interactive teach-ins, skill-shares, and art-builds that touch on a range of intersectional topics to educate folks, build relationships, and lift up the work of local frontline groups. The day will culminate in a closing action, yet to be determined.
Note about event location: East Boston is an Environmental Justice community, with majority Latinx and immigrant residents facing severe climate impacts from being surrounded by water, environmental burdens from Logan Airport, gentrification and displacement, and challenges due to immigration status--AND a long history of powerful organizing, resistance, and resilience. We are teaming up with local residents and organizations to put a spotlight on local campaigns for immigrant, worker, and climate justice, including GreenRoots' grassroots campaign against the construction of an Eversource electric substation on the banks of Chelsea Creek next to 8 million gallons of jet fuel in an area projected to flood. That's why we're holding our event at the East Boston Memorial Park and concluding the day with a march to the American Legion Playground, just across the road from the proposed substation site.
On Sept 8, we will RISE with local community members to resist this and other instances of environmental racism in East Boston and throughout the city.
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12:00 PM
East Boston Memorial Park
143 Porter Street
East Boston, MA

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Many more September 8 Events throughout the region, including Albany NY, Bennington & Brattleboro VT, Keene NH, Natick & Beverly MA,

— Gasland Tour of Doddridge County
Gasland tour of Doddridge County WV
Come with us on our air-conditioned tour bus and have your worldview expanded. You will see and hear things that will shock and surprise you. Did you know there is radium-226, a cancer-causing agent, in the shale that makes its way into our water? Did you know Doddridge County, WV is one of the hardest hit? See what the gas industry will mean for your community - loss of water, toxic water and air, dangerous roads, muddy streams, loss of aquatic life, lowered property values, and much, much more. Contact us at or call 304-609-2089 for information on how you can get a spot on the bus. Public Event Hosted by Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance
9:00 AM Departure
West Union, West VA
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Renewable energy fair
This is a one-stop shopping event for information and products about renewable energy and living a more sustainable life. This is our third annual Fair. Last year, we had more than 45 different organizations and vendors tabling and presenting workshops on topics from solar energy to composting- and expect the same this year! This is a one- stop shopping event for information and products about renewable energy and living a more sustainable life.
This is our third annual Fair. Last year, we had more than 45 different organizations and vendors tabling and presenting workshops on topics from solar energy to composting- and expect the same this year! There will be food and children’s activities in addition to displays and information on renewable energy and sustainable living. This event is free and open to the public with free parking. It is on the CDTA bus route, bus #214.
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This is still a free public event for attendees. Please share widely.
10 am – 4 pm

Doane Stuart School
199 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer, NY

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State: Environmental Impact Report needed
for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in
Agawam and Longmeadow

By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
Aug 27, 2018

Tennessee, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, hopes to increase horsepower at its Agawam compressor station, build a new, 12-inch two-mile pipeline loop in Agawam, and construct a "West Longmeadow Meter Station," a delivery gate which would feed a new Columbia Gas pipeline backbone to Springfield.

Energy and environment secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Aug. 17 signed a certificate under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, requiring better information about air pollution, rare species and wetlands, stream crossings, climate resiliency, construction protocols, and more.

An earlier filing from Tennessee -- an Extended Environmental Notification Form, or EENF -- failed to compare baseline with proposed conditions when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, and did not fully explain why certain alternatives, including energy efficiency, were rejected, the certificate states.

In a victory for environmentalists, Tennessee must consider the Longmeadow meter station in its Agawam analysis. Tennessee had argued that the Longmeadow plan did not meet a threshold for state environmental review.

Proposed Granite Bridge Pipeline Draws Supporters and Skeptics in Manchester
By Sarah Gibson, New Hampshire Public Radio
August 22, 2018

Residents of the Manchester area got a chance on Tuesday to ask representatives of Liberty Utilities about its proposed natural gas pipeline, The Granite Bridge.

Liberty Utilities sent invitations to landowners whose property abuts the proposed pipeline route. Some wanted to know whether the development would give them access to natural gas in towns like Candia, where natural gas is not easily available. Liberty representatives said they couldn't make any promises until after the pipeline was approved and the company submitted a franchise application.

Dorothy Currier came from Concord with a list of environmental concerns, including water contamination and possible methane leaks. She left after talking for two hours with Liberty representatives. "I have tried to understand the issues around this pipeline and I'm still confused and suspicious," she said.

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U.S. Regulators Urge Better Oversight for Pipeline Cybersecurity
By Rachel Adams-Heard, Bloomberg
June 11, 2018

The federal agency now charged with overseeing cybersecurity for U.S. pipelines is ill equipped to do the job, say two top regulators who want the role given to the Energy Department.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, and Richard Glick, a Democrat, wrote in an online article that the Transportation Security Administration can’t keep the pipeline network secure. The two FERC commissioners noted that the TSA has only six full-time workers overseeing more than 2.7 million miles of pipeline, and depends on voluntary cybersecurity standards, rather than mandatory ones.

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Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
Aug. 31, 2018

Distributed solar reduced New England wholesale power costs by nearly $20 million dollars during a heat wave from July 1 to July 7, according to a new analysis completed by Synapse Energy Economics.

During peak hours for electricity demand, distributed solar can reduce load on the New England grid by more than 1 GW, the report found, helping to reduce system-wide costs. The analysis was commissioned by SunCommon, a distributed solar provider.

Earlier this year ISO-New England said it expects to see declining energy use and peak load over the next decade, largely due to efficiency and behind-the-meter solar. The analysis found solar is expected to produce 2,162 GWh of total annual energy savings in 2018, rising to almost 4,800 GWh in 2027.

Solar Access Program For Middle Income Households
The non-profit Center for EcoTechnology has recently launched an exciting new innovative renewable energy program for middle-income homeowners in Massachusetts (those households in the 60-80% range of state median income; single family or homes with up to 4 units in the building). 

Funded by the Mass Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), CET has partnered with SunBug Solar and Girard Heating and Air Conditioning to bring affordable, renewable, energy to those who may not readily be able to purchase this technology.

Solar Access participants will benefit from:
• Energy efficient heat pump technology for heating and cooling
• Affordable solar PV
• Energy independence
• Guaranteed energy savings
• Ownership of solar panels and heat pumps
• An expert to guide them through the program every step of the way!

website and hotline is available for more info or to get started with the program.

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