Thanks for another great year!
This year has been exciting. With inclusion of two new staff members for 2018, we’ve been able to reorganize our website and better track news and events listings throughout the whole region (nofrackedgasinmass.com), as well as develop a new program for promoting energy efficiency. In 2019, we plan to launch the pilot program, EE Pittsfield, focusing on connecting the people of Pittsfield with existing energy efficiency and power-switching programs, including Mass Save and Solar Access. Working in partnership with the City of Pittsfield, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) and guidance from the folks who pioneered the Button Up Northampton program, we will be going door to door to inform people of these programs which can help them save energy and switch to high efficiency heat pumps and solar to run them.
We hope you’ll take a moment in these waning hours of 2018 to make aYear-End Donation
to No Fracked Gas in Mass. Your help keeps us going – Opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts and beyond, educating and supporting clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Deadline for filing scoping comments for
Tennessee Gas Line 261 Upgrade is January 7th
Scoping is the process of making requests of FERC for consideration of a project application. It’s the time to bring up concerns that we need them to investigate. For an excellent outline of scoping requests to send to FERC, see the Sign-On Letter by Climate Action Now.
These comments include details on:
- Columbia Gas’ questionable safety record and remaining legal hurdles in the wake of the Merrimack Valley explosions and fire in September
- Questions regarding Columbia Gas’ statement of need
- Climate impacts of the proposed expansion and its violation of the Global Warming Solutions Act
- Environmental impact to air quality in the region
- Environmental impacts to wetlands, streams and riverfront areas as well as endangered and threatened species
- Environmental impacts to soils and agriculture
Organizations and individuals can sign on to their letter as well as send your own comments! Deadline is January 7th.
FERC grants extension to Enbridge for
completion of the Weymouth compressor station
The fight against the proposed compressor station in Weymouth, MA as part of Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge took another turn this month. With it’s Conditional Certificate of Convenience (granted in January 2017) set to expire next month, Enbridge asked FERC for a 2-year extension. Within just over a half hour, FERC’s approval of the request came through on the docket (CP16-9).
If you have a moment to comment to FERC, please go to ferc.gov, click on the Documents and Filings drop down menu, and click on ecomment. The menu has changed so that you may comment without being registered. Please refer to Docket CP16-9-000.
Berkshire Gas ordered to offer funding for fossil fuel heating alternatives
December brought some major developments to Berkshire Gas in the Pioneer Valley, putting plans to end the moratorium on new gas customers on hold indefinitely, and a settlement on DPU 15-26, requiring them to provide funding to moratorium communities for non-fossil fuel heat sources.
The request for proposals outlines who in their Eastern Division communities qualifies for these settlement funds: businesses, municipalities and local government entities such as public safety or school districts, economic development agencies and other non-profit agencies that provide services to residents of low or moderate income. Applications are set to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the funds have been expended, with DOER expecting completion of awarding funding by March 1, 2019 - so the window for applying is relatively short.
EVERY THURSDAY — MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, BOSTON
— #SitWithJohn, Give Us A #MassGreenNewDeal Weekly Climate Action. Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we're pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal. The ask? A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
TUESDAY — JANUARY 8, 2017 — QUINCY, MA
TUESDAY — JANUARY 15, 2019 — PITTSFIELD, MA— Pittsfield Green Drinks : Cooler Community Expo. At our January gathering we will welcome Living the Change to talk about their upcoming Cooler Community Expo. For their fourth Berkshire Earth Expo on April 6th, 2019 at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, Living the Change is doing something new: They will feature student’s work on energy and climate-related topics, partnering with Berkshire County schools: the Berkshire Cooler Communities Challenge. Inspired by the students’ work, visitors will pledge climate-smart actions, and Living the Change will record and track those pledges and the related carbon savings. The collective results will be publicized for the whole community to be proud of and keep working on.
» More info
» The full proposal can be found here
5:15 PM – 7:00 PM
J. Allen’s Clubhouse Grille
41 North Street
» Facebook Event Page
THURSDAY — JANUARY 24, 2019 — BOSTON, MA — First lobby day of 2019! Justice & Renewable Energy for All. On this date, hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.
The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead. Massachusetts residents from every part of the state will meet with their representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy and environmental justice.11 AM – 3 PM
Location nearby (TBD) and at
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street