February 1, 2017
 
 
 
 
UPDATES ON SPECTRA'S ACCESS NORTHEAST

Senators Markey and Warren Call on FERC to Rescind Authorization for Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge Pipeline

Announcement of Commissioner Bay’s resignation will lead to lack of quorum necessary to hear public challenges to pipeline

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter  to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling on it to immediately rescind the order authorizing Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge pipeline project in light of the announcement from Commissioner Norman Bay that he will resign from FERC on February 3, 2017, which will leave FERC without the quorum needed to be able to hear challenges of this pipeline approval.

The absence of a quorum at FERC could prevent opponents from challenging FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline project for as long as the vacancies persist. FERC’s authorization of the pipeline will allow for the construction of new and expanded compressor stations, larger pipelines and the potential for natural gas to flow north out of New England to Canada, which could pave the way for the exportation of natural gas out of our region as liquefied natural gas.

“Given the announced resignation of former Chairman Bay following the approval of this pipeline project, we ask that FERC immediately rescind the order authorizing Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge Project until a new quorum can be reconstituted at the Commission,” write Senators Markey and Warren to FERC Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur. “Only by rescinding this pipeline approval until that time can the American people be assured that their voices will be properly heard and that this pipeline will not be permitted to go forward while opponents are silenced.”
Rally at the State House to Oppose Atlantic Bridge
THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 2, 2017 — BOSTON, MA

Join us as we converge on the steps of the State House on February 2 to call attention to the recent conditional certification of the Atlantic Bridge project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC granted Spectra Energy the certificate on January 25, 2017, which means that they can move forward with it’s plans to place a 7700 HP compressor in the Fore River Basin.
On Thursday we will be rallying to demand Governor Baker’s support in calling on Coastal Zone Management to deny its permit to the compressor station.

We will also be delivering a stack of 1,000+ petitions to Gov. Baker and we would love to have you join us. We know that many other groups have been collecting petitions of their own and we encourage you to bring them with you!

10 AM – 11 AM
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA

CT EXPANSION ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW!

File your objection to Kinder Morgan/TGP's request for permission for tree felling for all CT Expansion (CT, MA, NY)


Comment on TGP's plan to disturb Native American ceremonial stone landscape features in pipeline path

» Learn How Here

Attend Berkshire Superior Court Hearing on Settlement for Otis State Forest Easement

There will be a hearing in Pittsfield on the proposed settlement agreement on Otis State Forest eminent domain takings of the easements and the negotiated compensation package. 

2:00 pm
Court Hearing

Berkshire County Superior Court
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA
(See courtroom rules)

February 6th, 2017
1:00
Stand-Out in Opposition to the OSF Settlement

Sidewalks around Park Square area
(See maps for acceptable protest locations and parking)

Sugar Shack Alliance Invites you to a "Funeral Service" at the rally.


CT RESIDENTS

Comment period now established for a portion of the Comprehensive Energy Strategy

Public informational meeting regarding
“Leading by Example: Reducing Energy Use in State Facilities”

February 15, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Hearing Room 1
DEEP’s New Britain Office
Ten Franklin Square
New Britain, Connecticut


Please be advised that seating is limited. Registration is requested by February 14, please send an email to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov . In your email please provide your name, affiliation and indicate whether you plan to present verbal comments

» More details are in this Notice


UPDATES ON DAKOTA ACCESS

False report by Dakota Congressperson repeated widely in local media, causing stir among activists

North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer jumped the gun and issued this statement, complete with YouTube video, on his website on the evening of January 31.

Congressman Kevin Cramer issued this statement following the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notifying Congress today it will be granting the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross beneath Lake Oahe.  This is the last approval needed to complete construction of the project, and follows President Trump’s Jan. 24 memorandum to the Secretary of the Army, directing that all federal agency reviews and approvals be expedited to complete the remaining portions of the pipeline.

“I have received word the Department of Defense is granting the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Congressional notification is imminent.  It’s time to get to work and finish this important piece of energy infrastructure enhancing America’s energy security and putting North Dakotans and Americans back to work. President Trump has proven to be a man of action and I am grateful for his commitment to this and other critical infrastructure projects so vital to our nation.”  
The trouble is, the Army Corps of Engineers isn't granting the easement yet. Calls from multiple NoDAPL activists to the ACE confirmed this. They're still going ahead with the comment period for now, as reported in Huffington Post below (along with instructions on how you can comment!)

These initial steps do not mean the easement has been approved
Indigenous Rising Media
February 1, 2017

After questions by press in regards to DAPL easement, MG Malcolm Frost, Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army has replied the following:

"The Army has initiated the steps outlined in the January 24th Presidential Directive which directs the Acting Secretary of the Army to expeditiously review requests for approvals to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline in compliance with the law. These initial steps do not mean the easement has been approved.
The Assistant Secretary for the Army Civil Works will make a decision on the pipeline once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the directive."


This comment was given 2/1/17

The Army Is Accepting Your Comments On The Dakota Access Pipeline
Here’s how you let them know what you think.

by Hillary Hanson, Huffington Post
January 31, 2017


The Standing Rock Sioux are calling on members of the public to let the government know exactly how you feel about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Department of the Army is accepting public comments leading up to its environmental impact statement in connection with Dakota Access’ request for them to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. The comment period is open until Feb. 20, according to the document.

The Lake Oahe crossing has been one of the central points of contention for the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, since a spill at that location would contaminate the tribe’s drinking water. After months of protests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in December that they would not grant the easement for the crossing, but instead would prepare an environmental impact statement to further study the potential effects of the project and explore alternate routes.

On Tuesday night, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said that Robert Speer, the acting secretary of the Army, directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the Lake Oahe easement. On Wednesday, however, Hoeven clarified that does not mean the easement has yet been approved. For the time being, comments on the EIS are still open.

» Read full story with instructions on how YOU can comment
Meanwhile, live video on social media from those at the
Standing Rock camps shows Morton County law enforcement encroaching more closely to the camps and arresting about 50


» View video reports on No Fracked Gas in Mass

Featured Events
Many more online! Keep up with the latest on our Events Page

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 7, 2017 — WORTHINGTON, MA
— Solarize Mass Dinner and Learn. Learn more about solar energy whether you are thinking about it now or 5 years from now. Enjoy a tasty catered meal, short presentation and opportunity for discussion. Meet and talk with neighbors who already have solar panels and schedule a solar home  visit!
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Worthington Town Hall
160 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA
*Info contact: SolarizeWorthington@gmail.com, or call 413-238-0481

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 7, 2017 — GREENFIELD, MA
Weekly TD BANK Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
Noon- 1:00 PM

324 Main St., Greenfield, MA

WEDNESDAY —  FEBRUARY 8, 2017 — W. ROXBURY, MA
Wednesday Vigil against Spectra/AIM’s W. Roxbury Lateral
8:00 to 9:00 am
Corner of Centre and Grove Sts., West Roxbury, MA
(Across from the quarry)

THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 9, 2017 — WINDSOR, MA
— Solarize Mass Lunch and Learn. Learn more about solar energy whether you are thinking about it now or 5 years from now. Enjoy a tasty catered meal, short presentation and opportunity for discussion. Meet and talk with neighbors who already have solar panels and schedule a solar home  visit!
Noon – 2:00 pm
Windsor Town Hall
1927 Rt. 9 (next to the church)
Windsor, MA
*Info contact: SolarizeWindsor@gmail.com, or call 413-684-3732

THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 9, 2017 — W. ROXBURY, MA
Letter writing group working on letters against Spectra/AIM’s W. Roxbury Lateral targeted to specific recipients. Details about location are available by emailing SWRL at stopwrlpipeline@gmail.com
7:00 pm

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 11, 2017 — GOSHEN, MA
— Solarize Mass Lunch and Learn. Learn more about solar energy whether you are thinking about it now or 5 years from now. Enjoy a tasty catered meal, short presentation and opportunity for discussion. Meet and talk with neighbors who already have solar panels and schedule a solar home  visit!
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Goshen Town Hall
42 Main St.
Goshen, MA
*Info contact: SolarizeGoshen@gmail.com, or call 413-268-7093

SUNDAY — FEBRUARY 12, 2017 — WINDSOR, MA
— Solarize Mass Lunch and Learn – Special Topic: How do Solar Farms Work? Learn more about solar energy. Enjoy a tasty catered meal, short presentation and opportunity for discussion. Meet and talk with neighbors who already have solar panels and schedule a solar home visit!
Noon – 2:00 pm
Windsor Town Hall
1927 Rt. 9 (next to church)
Windsor, MA
*Info contact: SolarizeWindsor@gmail.com, or call 413-684-3732

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 25, 2017 — PLAINFIELD, MA
GAME NIGHT, SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTION. You are invited to enjoy playing board games, socializing and donate to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s work to protect their water and the Missouri River. Bring games, healthy snacks to share. All ages. Listen to and share with local people, who traveled to the encampments.
Halt the construction of DAPL Oil pipeline — DIVEST NOW! More than $54,000,000 divested from Dakota Access Pipeline. You can track your divestment at the website www.defunddapl.org.
We weave a web of life supporting communities, across North America and the Earth.
1:30-4:30 pm
Plainfield Town Hall
Main Street (Rte. 116)
Plainfield, MA

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