March 4, 2020

 
 
 
 

COLUMBIA GAS / TENNESSEE GAS

Columbia Gas' Guilty Plea Leaves Tennessee Gas's Planned Expansion with No Customers

Columbia Gas plead guilty to criminal charges related to the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas disaster, will pay a $53M fine and is no longer allowed to conduct business in Massachusetts. Eversource will buy Columbia’s Massachusetts operations.

This puts Tennessee Gas' planned "261 Upgrade" into question.  Back in 2019, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse withdrew Holyoke Gas & Electric from the project, citing climate concerns. Though this project has received its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from FERC (Docket #19-7), the loss of Columbia Gas takes away its sole remaining customer before the Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been granted.

No Fracked Gas in Mass, BEAT and Food and Water Watch filed with FERC, calling for a denial of the NTP and rescission of the Certificate. PLAN-NE also filed with FERC, calling for the NTP to be denied.

NEWS:

Columbia Gas Will Leave Mass. As It Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge After Disaster

by Callum Borchers, WBUR
February 26, 2020

Eversource said Wednesday evening it has agreed to purchase the Massachusetts assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion, capping a whirlwind day that began with federal prosecutors saying Columbia would exit the state and pay a record fine to resolve a criminal case related to the deadly Merrimack Valley pipeline disaster of 2018.

CONSTITUTION PIPELINE
Constitution Pipeline Cancelled!

The 125 mile Constitution Pipeline planned to run through Pennsylvania and New York, has been cancelled after eight years of resistance. The developer, Williams Companies, reported a $345M write-off.

Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead!

By Anne Marie Garti, Stop the Pipeline
February 20, 2020


Williams has written off its investment in the proposed Constitution Pipeline and stated that work on it has ended.

After more than 8 years of fighting, the company is throwing in the towel and walking away from its failed bid to build this enormous and unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure project. The Constitution Pipeline is dead!

» Read post       

WEYMOUTH

» Legislators ask federal regulators to inspect compressor site
By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger
February 21, 2020

» Risk study sought for Weymouth compressor area
By Ed Baker, Wicked Local Weymouth
February 21, 2020


» More news about the Weymouth compressor station
» For the latest updates and calls to action, visit FRRACS
PLASTICS
Congressional Democrats Join the Debate Over Plastics’ Booming Future: A new bill would impose a three-year moratorium on new plant construction in parts of Appalachia and the Gulf Coast

By James Bruggers, InsideClimate News
February 21, 2020


A far-reaching bill that Democrats call the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, has nary a Republican sponsor. But the legislation, which would also hold plastics manufacturers responsible for cleaning up plastic waste, helps frame a raging national debate over plastics in an election year. And it could set the stage for action on plastics reform, should the Democrats defeat President Trump and win the Senate.

» Read article       

» More about the plastics-fracking connection

• Jane Winn and Rosemary Wessel of BEAT / No Fracked Gas in Mass will be speaking on a discussion panel for a showing of "The Story of Plastics" at Berkshire International Film Festival. See Events below.


PUBLIC MEETINGS ON 2050 ROADMAP MASS.  ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
2050 Roadmap: Building Solutions to Address Climate Change in the Commonwealth

Please join the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for a series of public meetings on the Commonwealth’s planning efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Guided by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts is currently studying how to achieve the ambitious climate goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

These meetings will be an opportunity to learn about the state’s research effort as well as to provide feedback on the state’s 2050 emissions limit and the implementation plans to achieve it.

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 4, 2020 — WORCESTER, MA
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Worcester State University
WSU Student Center in the Blue Lounge, C*101, First Floor
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

MONDAY — MARCH 9, 2020 — FALL RIVER, MA
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bristol Community College
Building H room 209
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 11, 2020 — BOSTON / ROXBURY, MA
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02120

THURSDAY — MARCH 12, 2020 — PITTSFIELD, MA
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Berkshire Community College
Koussevitzky 111
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

MONDAY — MARCH 16, 2020 — SPRINGFIELD, MA
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Springfield Technical Community College
STCC auditorium on the 7th floor in Building 2
1 Armory Street
Springfield, MA 01105

MONDAY — MARCH 23, 2020 — LOWELL, MA
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Middlesex Community College Lowell
Assembly room
50 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 25, 2020 — BOSTON / BUNKER HILL, MA
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bunker Hill Community College
Room A300
250 Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA 02129  


EVENTS


WEDNESDAY — MARCH 4, 2020 — ALBANY, NY
— Community Screening: Climate Action Film Festival
» Facebook event page         
$10-$15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

SUNDAY — MARCH 8, 2020 — GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
Story of Plastic, Berkshire International Film Festival

The Story of Plastic is a seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations, interviews with experts and activists, and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world—and the global movement rising up in response.

Joining Lillian Lennox for a panel discussion immediately following the film are, Jane Wynn and Rose Wessel

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
70 Railroad Street,
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone for more info: 413-528-8885
» BIFF Event page


Tickets are $10 for the general public and may be purchased online here or at the door on the day of the event. For more information, call the BIFF office at 413-528-8030.  

These events are free to BIFF REEL Friends and to Simon’s Rock students and faculty.
This series has been made possible through the generous support of Lillian Lennox and J. Gregory Whitehead.


• Many more events including weekly protests, NVDA trainings, climate classes and more on the No Fracked Gas in Mass Events page



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