June 13, 2018

 
 
 
 
MA Residents
URGENT: Your Call Needed TODAY

IMPORTANT VOTES IN THE MASS STATE LEGISLATURE TODAY AND TOMORROW

• HOUSE ACTION ALERT
The House of Representatives is voting on the environmental bond bill (H.4558
An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity
)   and has removed  environmental justice components. Please ask them to support amendments to reintroduce the environmental justice component (formerly found in H.2913) to this otherwise good bill.

Your message can be pretty simple:
"I am calling about the environmental bond bill. It is critical the bond bill include environmental justice policy found in earlier versions of the bill. Please amend the bill to include the Environmental Justice Act."

• SENATE ACTION ALERT
S.2545 - An Act to promote a clean energy future - will be on the floor for a vote on THURSDAY, June 14.

Please contact your MA State Senator TODAY.

Even if your Senator is one of the filers or co-sponsors listed below, contact them to say thanks and show support. Their ability to report positive feedback helps!

Please ask your senator to support Amendments #6 and #60 to the S.2545, to ban the pipeline tax and reform the DPU to provide for more rigorous review of pipeline proposals and a more balanced DPU process!

Amendment #6, filed by Senator Jehlen, would ensure that electric ratepayers cannot be made to pay for new gas pipelines (like Access Northeast)

Amendment #60, filed by Senator Hinds, would:
- require the DPU to consider climate, public health, and siting impacts when reviewing gas pipeline contracts, and also require a rigorous alternatives analysis
- guarantee the right to intervene at the DPU to ratepayer municipalities, groups of ratepayers, and their legislators

(Senator Eldridge is already co-sponsoring both amendments; Senator Keenan is already co-sponsoring Amendment #6.)

Further amendments to support:
Amendment 43 would ensure all communities can access solar energy.
Amendment 22 would empower communities and give new tools to promote renewable energy.
Amendment 44 will set binding climate targets for 2030 and 2040.
Amendment 27 will put environmental justice legislation back in the bill.
Amendments 17 and 35 will help stop the compressor station in Weymouth.

NOTICE: We're Still Here!
NoFrackedGasInMass.org is experiencing domain name difficulties, but our site can still be found at either of these web addresses.
- tinyurl.com/NFGiM 
- nofrackedgasbulletins.wordpress.com

Comment Period on FERC Project Approval Process Extended to July 25!

Ever think, as we were going through FERC hearings and submitting comments to pipeline dockets, there has to be a better way

Your Chance to Speak Out on FERC’s Pipeline Review Process!

On April 25, 2018, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opened a public comment period regarding how the agency carries out its own review and approval of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Due to an outpouring of concern and public pressure, FERC has agreed to extend the public comment period an additional 30 days, ending on July 25th.

If you've previously sent comments to any FERC docket that contained critique of FERC's pipeline approval process, you can send it again with a cover letter, stating that this is a previously filed comment that was not addressed at the time it was filed. This can show that people have been asking for changes to the process for years. You can file as many comments to this new docket as you like, so this could be in addition to all of the other comment methods on our FERC Review page.

It essential that we seize this moment to make clear to FERC that as a federal agency it has a duty to respect the law and respect the people of the United States of America.

Delaware Riverkeeper offers TWO easy ways you can take action:
    •    Sign the Petition -  Sign onto a letter we will be presenting to FERC by the July 25th deadline.
    •    Send Comments - Use our talking points to craft a unique message which you can submit to FERC through our web-portal. There is no limit to the number of comments you can submit.

» See No Fracked Gas in Mass for more ideas and talking points from several sources, including PLAN-NE, Sierra Club and Stop the Pipeline. Remember, there’s no limit to the number of comments you can make on this docket, so why not take a few different approaches?

Support Still Needed for Ceremonial Stone Landscape Law Suit against FERC
FERC ignored the rules of the National Historic Preservation Act in granting the Certificate for the Connecticut Expansion pipeline, desecrating over 20 Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape features.

There’s now just over $8,000 to go to support this legal effort that can prevent this tragedy from being repeated on future projects nationwide. Every contribution helps!


For news on various pipelines, FERC and the industry, check out the
Latest News Tab on our site

EVENTS

Check the Events page for detail on Lowell Pipeline Resistance Thursday Meetings and the weekly vigil opposing the Back Bay Pipeline in Boston and so much more!

See many more Upcoming Events on our  Events Page
 
 
 
 
Continuing our work, thanks to you!
Thanks to your support, we're continuing our work to keep fossil fuel expansion at bay, helping you stay informed to take action for a cleaner, healthier environment and more just energy system.

Every contribution, large or small, helps.
No Fracked Gas in Mass is a program of Berkshire Environmental Action Team. Donations made through our direct online Donation button or mailed in check are tax deductible.

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