October 22, 2019

 
 
 
 
WEYMOUTH / ENBRIDGE COMPRESSOR
Weymouth fight ramping up - ways to join in
Though the final permits are not yet granted, the progress toward that end continues to inch forward as the DEP Hearing Officer recommended approval of the waterways license and wetlands permit. The final decisions will come from DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. See actions and other ways you can help below.
Events and actions from FRRACS.

TUESDAY — OCTOBER 29, 2019 — BOSTON, MA

Toxic Tour of Agencies Involved in Compressor Station Proposal

Join us on a tour of all of the agencies that have played a part in Enbridge's toxic compressor station proposal. We'll be visiting Gov. Baker's office, DPH, TRC, MAPC, and others, to call on them to do the right thing by opposing Enbridge's dangerous compressor station proposal. We want a big crowd! Please spread the word and join us if you can.
We'll meet at the front steps of the MA State House (24 Beacon St.) at 11AM on Tuesday, October 29. From there, we will march to other agencies in Downtown Boston. Come march with us!

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 29 from 11AM-1PM
Location: Meet at the State House at 11am - 24 Beacon St., Boston

» Facebook RSVP Link


FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 1, 2019 — WEYMOUTH, MA

Site Gathering - Enbridge stated that they plan to start construction on November 1, even though they do not have all of their permits and have not resolved the soil contamination issue at the proposed site. Whether or not they actually start construction on Nov. 1, we want to have a strong presence at the proposed site starting at sunrise on November 1 until sunset. This will be a family friendly event in the spirit of Samhain, the ancient Irish holiday from which Halloween comes. More info will be announced later, but mark your calendars!

If you can join us for a peaceful gathering at the site on November 1, please RSVP here.
We will be meeting at the proposed compressor station site located at 55 Bridge Street, North Weymouth.
Date and Time: Friday, November 1 - sunrise to sunset.
Location: 55 Bridge Street, North Weymouth


FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 1, 2019 — BOSTON, MA
Doctors Speak Out – Stop the Weymouth Compressor Station
Clinicians, scientists, students, mothers, and supporters welcome! Join us in asking Governor Baker to stop the Weymouth Compressor Station. 12:00 pm: Gather in the hallway outside Governor Baker’s Office. We’ll call upon Governor Baker to use his power to stop the Compressor Station.

***Clinicians please wear your white coat and stethoscope.****

Background: Enbridge, a gas company from Canada, is planning to build a compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts despite already high levels of air and soil pollution. Physicians for Social Responsibility has written three reports showing that the compressor station is a threat to human health and safety.
» Read reports here   

Free public event.
Hosted by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and other organizations

12 PM – 1 PM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA

» Facebook event page    

• As always, check for the latest on Weymouth from FRRACS

» Can't make it out to Weymouth? Check more ways you can help compiled on
No Fracked Gas in Mass' Act Now page



WEYMOUTH NEWS
State official backs two key approvals
for compressor station

By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger
October 16, 2019


WEYMOUTH — Opponents of a natural gas compressor station proposed for the Fore River Basin were dealt two major blows Wednesday when a state adjudicator recommended the approval of a waterways license and a wetlands permit for the project, triggering the start of the final state review in the approval process.

Hearing officer Jane Rothchild of the state Department of Environmental Protection said the department should uphold the license and permit issued to gas company Spectra Energy-Enbridge and reject an appeal filed by Weymouth and a citizens group, which together had argued that the proposed station would worsen air and noise pollution in the Fore River Basin and is not an appropriate use based on state waterways regulations.
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg has the final say on the approval of the permit and license.

» Read the full story

COLUMBIA GAS RELIABILITY PROJECT (Pioneer Valley)
Columbia Gas extends moratorium for Northampton, Easthampton customers
By Scott Merzbach, Daily Hampshire Gazette
October 16, 2019

NORTHAMPTON — A moratorium on adding new natural gas customers in Northampton and Easthampton will continue indefinitely following a decision by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to abandon a project aimed at increasing the pipeline capacity for both cities.

The company last week announced that the moratorium for Northampton and Easthampton, which began in 2015 and has since meant new connections to its supply line are not allowed, will be extended due to changes in the planned “Greater Springfield Service Territory Reliability Project” first unveiled in November 2017.

Two years ago, the company pledged that five interrelated projects throughout the region would increase the natural gas supply and put an end to the moratorium in 2020 or 2021. Instead, Columbia Gas has eliminated the “alternate backfeed” project, a 6-mile-long, 12-inch pipe that would have run between Agawam and Holyoke.
» PLAN-NE addressed their role in the opposition that made this project unfeasible in their recent newsletter.
EVENTS

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 7, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA
Screening of the documentary film on the Merrimack Valley / Columbia Gas disaster, created by the 2019 senior class at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA. To be followed by a brief clip from the one film’s producers and a discussion with our Special Guests, Dr. Curt Nordgaard, pediatrician, Dr. Nathan Phillips, Professor of Earth Sciences, Boston University. Both guests have been instrumental in bringing public awareness to the health and safety hazards of gas infrastructure to communities and the harms of using gas within the home.

Free public event. Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), 350-Berkshire Node, No Fracked Gas in Mass, MA Sierra Club

5:30 PM – 8 PM
Berkshire Community College
Koussevitzky Art Center (Small theater - K111)
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA


» Campus map
» Facebook event page

• Many more events and hearings on the No Fracked Gas in Mass Events page



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