May 10, 2018

FERC Seeks Input on
Project Approval Process

On April 19, 2018, FERC issued a Notice of Inquiry of its own review policy for the  Certification of New Interstate Natural Gas Facilities as defined by the 1999 Natural Gas Policy Statement, initiating a comment period ending June 25.

Ever think, as we were going through FERC hearings and submitting comments to pipeline dockets, there has to be a better way?
Now's our chance to ask for changes. PLAN-NE has put together a concise listing of what they're asking for, selected comments submitted by some of our best allies in the fight against gas infrastructure and instructions on how to submit your comments to FERC (NOTE: Their simple e-Comments system can NOT be used for this Docket, see the types of submissions that are allowed).

We urge everyone to submit comments
in this rare call for public input.

Deadline: June 25, 2018

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Mass Residents!
Make Every Monday

Clean Energy Day!

You may have heard a fuss recently over Governor Baker’s Environmental Bond Bill and the “Clean Peak Energy” provision that would have left the door open for fracked gas development. Thanks to pressure from people like you, those items have been removed from this otherwise helpful bill – but it doesn’t mean we’re in the clear. While working their way from Bills to Law, all of these proposals can shift and change, and industry lobbyists are always pressing for a more fossil fuel friendly environment.

We need to keep the pressure on for clean
& just energy and environmental policy.

Agawam, Pittsfield and Greenfield Boards of Health among the latest of those sending a message
about fracked gas and health to Governor Baker

In the last week, Agawam, Pittsfield and Greenfield joined over 60 other communities across the state sending a message to Governor Baker about fracked gas infrastructure and its effect on human health. Citing public health problems stemming from use of fracked gas, this letter asks that an independent comprehensive health impact study be done be approving any new infrastructure and asks for priority for developing renewable energy sources and efficiency to cut down on fossil fuel use and emissions. 

Organizers are looking to target next largest towns left. Steve Jones is looking for local people in these towns to contact their BOH about it, get it on the agenda and come to meetings when it's on the agenda for support:
Lowell, New Bedford, Brockton, Quincy, Lynn, Fall River, Lawrence, Somerville, Framingham, Haverhill, Waltham, Malden, Plymouth, Medford, Taunton, Revere, Peabody, Barnstable, Everett, Salem, Leominster and Fitchburg
— Contact Steve Jones or Michele Brooks if you can be a local supporter

» Learn more, including sample letters

Support Still Needed for Ceremonial Stone Landscape Law Suit against FERC

FERC approved the CT Expansion pipeline before cultural surveys were conducted for Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscape sites in the area. When the survey discovered over 70 in the pipeline path, the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe was told it was too late to change the route and 1/3 would be destroyed.  He is now suing FERC to make them adhere to NHPA rules.

Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe, Doug Harris, has been on a speaking tour across the state with his informative presentation on Ceremonial Stone Landscapes,  "Let the Landscape Speak for Itself". Check No Fracked Gas in Mass' Events page for remaining dates and locations. The poster is right at the top!

There’s still another $15,000 to go to support this legal effort that can protect this tragedy from being repeated. Every contribution helps!

¨Welcoming¨ Nat. Grid to Environmental Subcommittee. National Grid will be presenting their “justifications” for the pipeline expansion to Lowell´s Environmental Subcommittee, and we need to show up in large numbers to tell them NO. Let´s pack the room and tell National Grid they aren’t welcome here.
The presentation begins at 5:30pm. Come at 5:15 to grab a sign, or bring your own!
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Lowell City Hall
375 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA

» More info on Facebook

Lowell Pipeline Resistance has meeting every Thursday.
Check the Events page for detail on this and the weekly vigil opposing the Back Bay Pipeline in Boston!

See many more Upcoming Events on our  Events Page

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides zoning
By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe
May 6, 2018

Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge has sued the Town of Weymouth in federal court, the company’s latest effort to gain a legal path to build a natural gas compressor station next to the Fore River. Enbridge wants the court to rule that federal law preempts the town’s zoning, which currently poses an obstacle to construction of the station.

The company says the compressor station is crucial to its Atlantic Bridge project, which is aimed at improving the capacity of Enbridge’s Algonquin and Maritimes & Northeast pipeline systems, which together stretch from New Jersey to Nova Scotia.

Federal law gives energy companies wide latitude in local disputes. Enbridge appears to be banking on that fact with its latest lawsuit, filed against Weymouth on Thursday in Boston. In it, Enbridge asks for a judgment that a local zoning ordinance is preempted by the federal Natural Gas Act. It also wants a permanent injunction to block Weymouth from using its ordinance to interfere with Enbridge’s efforts to secure state and federal approvals.

» Read the full article
» Read more news on Atlantic Bridge and the Weymouth compressor station
Report Reveals New England Does Not Need New Gas Pipelines:
Joint report debunks ISO claims about shaky fuel security during cold snaps

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)
May 3, 2018

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has released a joint report, Understanding ISO New England’s Operational Fuel Security Analysis, which disproves several key claims made in a recently issued ISO analysis. Undertaken by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of CLF and partner organizations, the report demonstrates that New England is already on track to ensure a reliable electric power system during even the coldest winters. According to a revised and corrected analysis by the ISO at the request of stakeholders, and contrary to its initial findings just a few months ago, there is virtually zero risk of rolling blackouts in the winter as long as the New England states continue to successfully invest in clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency on the pace required by existing state laws.

» Read the full press release
» Read the report

Windsor, MA Takes Bold Steps on Energy
at Town Meeting

At the Windsor Annual Town Meeting of 5/7/18, both articles submitted by the green committee passed. Town voters approved the expenditure of $10,000 for energy improvements to the town office, to supplement the Green Community grant of $137,880. The 100% Renewable Energy resolution also passed.

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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.

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