Action Week 27: Senator Rosenberg wants us at the June 11 DPU Hearing!

It’s week 27 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris
Today’s Monday Action:
Contact Your State Senator to Oppose New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure.


A Few Hours a Year is Why We “Need” a New Pipeline? No thanks.

Find Your State Senator:
Not in Massachusetts? Look up your legislator here.
Look up MA state senators and representatives here
For finding what parts of what counties are in Stan Rosenberg’s district, use this map.

Stan Rosenberg
Call his Northampton office:  413-584-1649 or Boston office: (617) 722-1500
and/or

Here’s your proposed message:
WARNING: Feeling civically fit? Gird your eyeballs, you are deep into how things work here: This is how we are going to stop the pipeline, by staying on top of this–

Dear Senator,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue on which future generations will judge us. We need you to be bold in fighting for solutions including preventing new fossil-fuel infrastructure, such as the proposed natural gas pipelines.

Senator Rosenberg I thank you therefore for arranging a hearing with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on Thursday, June 11th at 7pm in Greenfield where I will have the opportunity to tell the DPU my objections:

I am aware that the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) requesting that the DOER open an investigation into the means by which new natural gas delivery capacity may be added to the New England market.

The Department docketed DOER’s Petition as D.P.U. 15-37 is based on a premise that expansion of natural gas capacity is necessary. Yet constraints on natural gas occur only during times of peak demand (just a few hours on the few coldest days of the year). On top of it all, the for-profit utilities forcing rate payers like myself to pay for this unneeded expansion is unjust.

Berkshire Gas’s moratorium on gas lines for new homes and new businesses hurts real estate values in our area. I believe it’s artificial and undue pressure, like the electric companies’ rate hikes, to put pressure on our officials like you to support the pipeline.

Let’s turn the tables and call a moratorium on all new gas infrastructure. Let’s require that utility companies apply money to energy conservation and renewables instead of spending it on buying fracked gas!

For the hearing please also invite a local academic, advocate or legislator such as State Representative Stephen Kulik, State Senator Ben Downing, or Hampshire College professor Michael Klare to speak about alternatives to the pipeline and ask pointed questions of DPU about Berkshire Gas’s application to buy fracked gas from Kinder Morgan. Thank you.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME ]
[YOUR TOWN], MA

With Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley
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Background to the DPU hearing:

  • Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, has asked the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to schedule a public hearing in the western part of the state on a proposed pipeline capacity deal between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company.
  • DPU is gathering testimony as it considers whether the contract is in the public interest. The contract needs DPU approval to go through.
  • Berkshire Gas earlier this year imposed a moratorium on new customers or expanded service in the region, citing a “pipeline bottleneck.”
  • Filings on the proposed firm transportation contract between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company may be viewed and downloaded at the DPU website under docket number 15-37.
  • Rosenberg has not taken a firm position on the Kinder Morgan pipeline…

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Want to do something in person about the above?
You are invited to attend the DPU hearing Thurs. 6/11 7-9pm at the Greenfield Middle School (195 Federal St.)

Want to do more online? This counts for a lot! Please share it broadly:
E-mail your comments about the DPU Docket #15-37, which could make electric ratepayers pay for pipeline expansion (due by June 15th)

Sample script:

To the Department of Public Utilities:
I am aware that the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”) requesting that the Department open an investigation into the means by which new natural gas delivery capacity may be added to the New England market, including actions to be taken by the Massachusetts electric distribution companies (“EDCs”) (“Petition”).

The Department docketed DOER’s Petition as D.P.U. 15-37 is based on a premise that expansion of natural gas capacity is necessary. Yet constraints on natural gas occur only during times of peak demand (just a few hours on the few coldest days of the year).  On top of it all, forcing rate payers like myself to pay for this unneeded expansion is unjust.

This docket does not discuss any alternatives to solving peak demand problems through further implementation of energy efficiency programs, use of clean energy solutions or alternative gas-based solutions such as LNG storage for peak demand.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
From Mothers Out Front, Pioneer Valley

E-mail these comments to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us
And cc these folks:  
laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.usjavery@pierceatwood.commatthew.saunders@state.ma.usStan.Rosenberg@masenate.govEllen.Story@mahouse.govkeith.barnicle@mail.house.gov

FYI, the above emails point to:
Laurie Ellen Weisman, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities
Matthew Saunders, Assistant Attorney General
Stan Rosenberg, MA Senator
Ellen Story, State Rep for Hampshire
Keith Barnicle who will forward this to Jim McGovern, Congressman
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Thank you for all you do!

Your Pioneer Valley Community Organizing Team
Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about ways to join us in person and online!

 

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2 thoughts on “Action Week 27: Senator Rosenberg wants us at the June 11 DPU Hearing!”

  1. Hi! I was wondering if we could go as a group to the hearing-maybe meet for dinner beforehand or drinks after? Abriete

    From: “Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley, MA” Reply-To: “Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley, MA” Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:15 AM To: Abriete Medore Subject: [New post] Action Week 27: Senator Rosenberg wants us at the June 11 DPU Hearing!

    WordPress.com mofpv posted: ” It’s week 27 of our 40-week count down to the UN Climate Summit in Paris Today’s Monday Action: Contact Your State Senator to Oppose New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. A Few Hours a Year is Why We “Need” a New Pipeline? No than”

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    1. What a great idea Abriete! I sent your idea to our local team (most likely to attend) in last week’s meeting minutes. How about Bridge Side in Sunderland?

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