July 26, 2019


(Image: Robyn Lubbock, WBUR)

Weymouth and the Fore River Basin Gets a Breather,
so continues to fight even harder!

The march toward full permitting of the compressor station gets a breather ... at least for a while, after Enbridge drops the ball on the deadline for hazardous waste soil testing (see news below).

Folks at Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) still warns us to remain vigilant and to ramp up pressure more than ever. Two of the needed state permits, the could still be approved in the next week or two. The Wetlands and Waterways permit is currently under appeal. Until that is resolved, the Coastal Zone Management permit cannot be issued, but decisions on them could come as early as the first week in August, so FRRACS is asking us to join in in pressuring the Baker Administration to deny these state permits.

Pipeline projects are increasingly held up by states denying permits under their purview in the interest of protecting their environment and residents, but Charlie Baker has continually abdicated any power for the state to exercise it's rights. From the DPU to the DEP, his administration continues to rubber stamp fracked gas projects.

CALL GOVERNOR BAKER (early and often!)

» Not sure of all the details? See FRRACS' talking points


12 PM – 1 PM
August 1, 2 & 5, 2019
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA

From Mass Power Forward:
We cannot have any new fossil fuel infrastructure in our state, and we must be rapidly dismantling the current system. That's why the proposal to build an explosive gas compressor station in the Fore River Basin is insult on injury.
Join us as we push him to keep his promises,
and NO "rubber stamp" permits for Weymouth!

Like in 2017, we will assemble in the hallway outside his office in the statehouse. Please arrive with enough time to get thru security and take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor.


Re-post, ReTweet, and send him the message that he can do better

Join in a few weeks for the monthly meeting of FRRACS. We meet at the Fore River Clubhouse in Quincy (16 Nevada Road) at 7pm. New folks are welcome to join us at 6:30pm to get caught up on the campaign.

»» Keep up with the latest from FRRACS at nocompressor.com

Gas company misses deadline for
testing soil at Weymouth site

By Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger
July 22, 2019

WEYMOUTH — Residents and officials fighting a proposed natural-gas compressor station on the banks of the Fore River say it’s unlikely that construction of the controversial project could start this year after the gas company missed a deadline to submit additional hazardous waste soil testing.

The state Department of Environmental Protection last week entered into an administrative consent order with Algonquin Gas Transmission, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy-Enbridge, to submit by Jan. 17, 2020, more environmental sampling and analysis related to hazardous waste cleanup of the site. Algonquin missed the first deadline of July 19.

» Read article  

Liberty Utilities to make case for liquefied
natural gas tank in Epping

Seacost Online
July 18, 2019

Liberty Utilities will host a safety demonstration of liquefied natural gas Wednesday, July 31 with expert Erik Neandross at the Epping Middle School gymnasium. The demonstration comes as Liberty Utilities continues to work to gain approval to construct an LNG storage facility in West Epping as part of its proposed Granite Bridge project.

» Read article   

Columnist Lindsay Sabadosa:
Racism is not just about words

Daily Hampshire Gazzette
July 16, 2019

"… the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has recently proposed changes that would allow electricity retailers to meet increased renewable energy goals by purchasing energy from polluting biomass power plants.

This would fly in the face of the stringent science-based standards Massachusetts adopted in 2012 that recognized the environmental and public health impacts of biomass energy. Massachusetts is currently the only state in the nation that considers greenhouse gas emissions as criteria for biomass eligibility in its renewable portfolio standard, and only highly efficient plants can qualify.

The proposed regulations would roll this back without any science-based justification for the change, at a time when climate scientists are telling us we need to do more to protect our forests and reduce our carbon emissions.

How does that relate to anti-racist policies and environmental justice? Western Massachusetts, home to some of the poorest and most disenfranchised communities in the state, would be the most affected and likely the location of any new biomass plant.
DOER’s proposed changes would ensure that the Palmer biomass plant proposed in East Springfield would qualify for $5 million to $10 million per year in renewable energy credits, in perpetuity, while adding more air pollution to a low-income community that already suffers alarmingly high rates of asthma, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic health problems.

» Read article  

Mass. delegation pushing to advance Vineyard Wind
By Michael P. Norton, State House News Service via Southcoast Today
July 24, 2019

Members of Congress have become involved in trying to move Vineyard Wind forward, a top Baker administration official said Tuesday, as lobbying intensifies to advance what state officials hope will be the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Undersecretary Patrick Woodcock told members of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board earlier this week about the involvement of members of Congress since the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management indicated it would not decide on a key project approval this month, as anticipated.

Project officials last week indicated the entire effort is at risk without a favorable federal response by the end of August. Federal officials say they are operating within a review window that extends to March 2020.

» Read article  

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