Senators Holding FERC Accountable

Today’s Monday Action: Thank our Senators for questioning FERC’s objectivity. *(see note below action for more details)

To contact our Senators, find their phone numbers, address, and link to their email below the letter. To email, copy the letter, click on the email link with the contact info, and paste into the body of your email. It’s good to personalize the email, but if you’ve got to move quickly to get this action done, just send it!

For local climate events, see the end of this blog.
Dear Senators Warren and Markey,
I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. We have to be bold and act fast.

Thank you for calling on the nation’s top energy regulator to redo its environmental review of a proposed natural gas pipeline project after reports of possible conflicts of interest surfaced:

I was pleased to learn of your letter to Norman Bay, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, noting that a third-party contractor FERC hired to vet Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project had already been working for the developer on a separate project.

Thank you for your vigilance in pointing to a post in the green website “DeSmog Blog,” which claimed a third-party contractor, Natural Resources Group, was hired to vet the Atlantic Bridge project. According to the blog, NRG was also contracting on the PennEast project — which Spectra partially owns — that would stretch from northeastern Pennsylvania into New Jersey.

I am delighted by your call on FERC to redo the environmental assessment it released earlier this year on the Atlantic Bridge gas project. FERC found the pipeline expansion proposal would have no “significant impact” on the environment.

You both rightly said that the relationship appears to constitute a conflict of interest according to FERC’s standards. Commission rules bar contractors from having an ongoing relationship with applicants or financial or other interests in the outcome of a commission decision.

Thank you, keep up the good work!


With Mothers Out Front
US Senator Elizabeth Warren

To call: (202) 224-4543
To email
To write a letter:
317 Hart Senate Office Building,
Washington, DC 20510

US Senator Ed Markey

To call: 202-224-2742
To email
To write a letter:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Warren and Markey noted that a third-party contractor FERC hired to vet Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project had already been working for the developer on a separate project,and wrote: “To ensure the thoroughness and objectivity of the environmental review process and to restore public confidence in that process, I urge you to issue an environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Bridge project using only third-party contractors without ties to the natural gas industry,… Even if NRG managed to technically avoid a conflict of interest, the company’s myriad ties to the natural gas industry make it difficult to believe that it could objectively evaluate the environmental impact of the Atlantic Bridge project”.

Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. Share this Environment MA petition to Ban Fracking.

Local Climate Events

There are hundreds of gas leaks under our streets which the gas company hasn’t fixed, even those they’ve known about for years. Get involved:

6/20 (today!) MOF Community Meeting in North Amherst from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for details write to RSVP to greenzinnia at comcast dot net

6/26 12:45pm – 3pm.  Find out more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved in our Gas Leaks Campaign by attending a  House Party in Shutesbury. RSVP for childcare and address to greenzinnia at comcast dot net

7/2 Noon – 2pm, Northampton. The World We Love is an intergenerational, theatrical climate crisis protest that will also be the launch of our Northampton Gas Leaks Flagging Action.

7/14 Call on Governor Baker to stop pushing pipelines– 350 Mass and Mass Power Forward kick off a 43-mile, four-day march against new gas pipelines. We’ll walk along the route of Spectra’s proposed Access Northeast pipeline and past the proposed Weymouth compressor station. We’ll stand with our allies at Resist the Pipeline to stop construction in West Roxbury. And then we’ll march to the State House itself. Together, we’ll remind Governor Baker and our legislators that if they don’t do what’s necessary to stop climate change, we will.

Thanks for all you do. Onward!


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