Defend Us, People’s Lawyer

Monday Action for the week of 2/6/17: Urge the Attorney General to prevent Kinder Morgan from cutting trees in our protected lands.

We can stop pipelines right in our own backyard. We did it before with NED and we’ll do it again.

Mothers Out Front opposes all new fossil fuel infrastructure because only clean energy infrastructure can create the livable future we want for all children everywhere.

Those of you who’ve been following Monday Actions and the news from Sandisfield, MA know that a part of the beautiful Otis State Forest is on the verge of being taken by Kinder Morgan for their Connecticut Expansion Pipeline project.

There are still legal and procedural ways our allies are fighting for Otis, including ongoing appeals concerning a federally required water quality certification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. So our Attorney General Healey can still fight the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop Kinder Morgan from cutting the trees that our state constitution’s Article 97 protects.

Please call AG Maura Healey’s office and use the ideas in the text below to express your concern. If you’re not in the habit of calling yet, try writing a postcard. If you email, change the text, make it personal, say what motivates you to act on climate change.


Dear Attorney General Healey,

Because I am alarmed that climate change threatens the health and future of our children, I am grateful to you for standing up to Exxon Mobil. You are fighting, and so far winning, with such courage, to show that Exxon knew their actions were causing climate change and they hid the evidence.

We need the same fight from you right here in the Commonwealth. I want you to hold Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas to the same standards.  We rely on you to uphold our right to clean air and clean water, and the protections of our environment under Article 97 of our state constitution.
A lot of us asked your office to appeal the Berkshire Superior Court decision that the Federal Natural Gas Act preempted our state constitution. We wish you had fought Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion pipeline project all the way to the Supreme Court. But there is still something you can do.
Now, Kinder Morgan has renewed its request for permission to cut trees in Otis State Forest.  We need you to tell FERC that Kinder Morgan cannot cut trees in our state forest when Massachusetts is in the middle of conducting a review of whether a permit in Sandisfield will really protect our wetlands and water ways.

Please challenge FERC’s authority to take actions that could damage our natural resources when numerous matters relating to this proposed pipeline are still being challenged. If there was ever a time to assert our state’s rights, it is NOW.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact Attorney General Healey:

by phone: (617) 727-2200
by email: AGO@state.ma.us
by letter/postcard:
Attorney General’s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518


Upcoming In-Person Events:

1. Tuesday, 2/7 11:30am, Please join us to talk about how books can support children, youth and families interested in climate health with Mia Cabana, the Head of Youth Services, at the Jones Library in Amherst. RSVP to Lee leelandj at gmail dot com.

2. Wednesday, 2/8, 2:00pm, MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Hearing on GHG Emission Reduction Rules, Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield. Testify at the DEP hearing and help control CO2 and Methane emissions. Coaching available to help you prepare your testimony. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.

3. Sunday, 2/12, 1:00-3:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting at the Jewish Community of Amherst. We’re honing in on making Amherst the model for deep energy efficiency and on community financing of new renewable infrastructure. Join us in planning our strategy. Contact Andra amherstamr at gmail dot com.

4. Sunday, 2/12, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton MOF Community Weekly Meeting (new!). RSVP to Sarah sarahrpartan at earthlink dot net

5. Monday, 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Amherst MOF Family Potluck. No meeting as we usually have on the 3rd Monday in February, instead you’re invited to a potluck dinner and social gathering. Bring friends and family. RSVP to Ariella ariellaschwell at gmail dot com.

6. Saturday, 2/25, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP to Ellen ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com

7. Tuesday, 2/28, 7:00pm, Elizabeth Colbert Speaks About The Sixth Extinction, as part of the Jones Library’s On the Same Page community reading program, at Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.

Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Visit the Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Monday Action Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

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A Win For AG Healey!

Monday Action for the week of 12/19/16 – Thank Attorney General Maura Healey for standing up to Exxon and upholding our State constitution.

Remember, if you have time: Calls and letters count more.


Dear Attorney General Maura Healey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. We need to get 100% of our energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind, and become the energy efficiency model for the world.

I want to thank you for standing up to Exxon and to congratulate you for the good news that Texas federal district judge Ed Kinkeade cancelled the deposition he had scheduled for you, regarding your Office’s courageous investigation of ExxonMobil.

Mothers Out Front celebrates this victory for your investigation, for Massachusetts law, for corporate accountability, and for our growing power to protect our children. Bravo!

We admire your work and are inspired by the study you initiated which concluded the following: Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed to Meet State’s Electric Reliability Needs.

You are indeed the People’s Lawyer, and we people need you to defend our Massachusetts constitution and Article 97 which states that we shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic qualities of our environment. A court ruling threatens to let Kinder Morgan trample all that in Otis State Forest.

In the name of the children, thank you for upholding our MA constitution and may your season be bright.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN
With Mothers Out Front


Contact: Attorney General, Maura Healey‘s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765


Upcoming In-Person:

1. Mothers Out Front Community Meeting: TONIGHT Monday, Dec. 19. 6-8pm in Amherst, MA: Learn about how we can get to 100% renewable energy by 2030 across our state. Tell your story. We will have time to mingle and snack. Children welcome.

RSVP to greenzinnia at hotmail dot com

2. 100% Renewables in Mass: Jan. 8, 1-3pm, at Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.  Join Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now in choosing initiatives to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy locally and statewide. For more info and a reading list contact Andra at amherstamr at gmail dot com.

3. Amherst Mothers Out Front House Party: Jan. 8, 2- 4:15 pm in Amherst, MA
Please join us for an empowering and engaging introduction and discussion party with Mothers Out Front on how to protect all of our children and the children of future generations. There is urgency, but there is also hope.
RSVP to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com. Feel free to bring an interested friend or neighbor. Child care is available (please let us know by 1/4 if you need care).
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In collaboration,
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Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

AG Maura Healey Thank You for Exxon Fight, Remember Otis

Our Attorney General Maura Healey  is fighting the good fight for us. Let’s thank her and let her know we won’t sacrifice Otis State Forest with its 400-year old hemlocks and gorgeous Spectacle Pond.


Today’s Monday Action: Thank our AG for taking on Exxon* and urge her to protect us against Kinder Morgan’s land grab in violation of our state constitution’s Article 97, which protects our parks and conserved land.

Also, you and your family can be Kayaktivists or Picnictivists for Otis State Forest. See below.


Dear Attorney General Healey,

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. I want to see Massachusetts secure 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

Thank you very much for having the courage and fortitude to take on Exxon for years of abuse and dissembling.

We must now stop any incursion into MA state lands by Kinder Morgan as well. Please do all you can to uphold Article 97 for Otis State Park. It is a travesty that the CT Expansion threatens to go forward through this jewel in our landscape. This is a blatant land grab for private gain and we need your help to protect our public parks.

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment. The children thank you.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact:
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765
Or cut and paste your version of the letter above and email to:
ago@state.ma.us
Or write to:
Attorney General’s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518

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*As early as the 1970s, ExxonMobil’s own scientists knew the burning of fossil fuels was likely to cause global temperature rise with potentially devastating consequences for our economy, health, and environment. In an effort to protect its own business model – and at tremendous cost to society – the company then spent hundreds of millions of dollars sowing doubt about climate science and blocking action to address climate change.


Upcoming In-Person: Protect Otis State Forest with a Picnic! Saturday 7/16 from 2-4pm

A Celebration of Solidarity with Berkshire Friends and Neighbors

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Fighting the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline proposed by Kinder-Morgan to run through the Protected Otis State Forest.

There will be a solidarity rally on the small beach and boat launch off Cold Spring Rd in the Otis Sate Forest. The event includes live music, speakers on the issues, kayaks and canoes, picnic tables (no grills but people can bring their own). This is a marvelous way to get people down in person to experience the beautiful slice of heaven that is Spectacle Pond, which stands as an example of all the land Kinder Morgan would yank out of permanent protection for its own profit. Co-Sponsored by Code Pink, Sugar Shack Alliance, Climate Action Now, and Pioneer Valley Mothers Out Front among others. See you there!

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst

The People’s Lawyer!

Today’s Monday Action: Urge Attorney General Maura Healey to Protect Us From Kinder Morgan Pipeline Land-Grab.
Remember, if you have time: Calls and letters count more.
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Dear Attorney General Maura Healey,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. I need to see us get 100% of energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind, and become the energy efficiency model for the world.

Thank you for talking with MOF in person last week. We admire your work and are inspired by the study you initiated which concluded the following: Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed to Meet State’s Electric Reliability Needs.

You are the People’s Lawyer, and we people need you to defend our Massachusetts constitution and Article 97which states that we shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of our environment. A recent court ruling threatens to let Kinder Morgan trample all that:

I am concerned that our state and our constitution be bashed by greedy corporations. One of the biggest conservation land deals in Massachusetts history, 3,800 acre Otis State Forest is a great example of a MA state treasure, with its 400-yr old hemlocks and pristine 62 acre Spectacle Pond. The people who worked hard to raise the 5.2 million dollars to preserve it in 2007, and generations of citizens who are meant to benefit from this gift are more important than a multi-national company looking to make a buck.

Therefore we urgently need you to appeal the CT Expansion case ruling.
Thank you,

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front
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Contact: Attorney General, Maura Healey‘s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765

Share this Online Petition with your friends and family.
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In-person events:

Gas Leaks Forum, Forum on Thursday 6/2 7:30pm – 9pm at the Unitarian Society, 220 Main St, Northampton
Ania Camargo from HEETMA and Mothers Out Front will speak to the threat and there will be community discussion about confronting the challenge. Co-sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Climate Action NOW, and the Unitarian Society Climate Action Group.

Fix the Gas Leaks Now, Planning meeting Thursday 6/9 7:30 – 9 to take action and raise awareness in the community. Contact Andra for Northampton location at amherstamr at gmail dot com.

Save the date!
Next Mothers Out Front House Party is in Shutesbury Sun. 6/26 12:45-3:00. Childcare available. Please contact LightUpTheMap (at) gmail (dot) com for more details.

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Keep the pressure on the State House regarding the Energy Omnibus bill-
YOUR KIT:
Share this kit with a friend. You can even do it together.

This Link from the State is a huge help when inviting friends in other zip codes to do Actions:

CONTACT YOUR THREE STATE REPRESENTATIVES NOW: Tell them something personal so they know you are real (like you live near a gas leak- look them up here. Or maybe this is your first time writing/calling…) The following 3-point list comes from an impressive coalition that includes:the Conservation Law Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation, Mass Energy Alliance, and Environmental League of Massachusetts.

Call Gov. Baker, your State Representative and State Senator and tell them you want:
Two thousand megawatts of offshore wind (or NY will grab it from us- it’s federal waters off our shores and NY needs the power)
Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 2% a year.(this means that we’ll get local green jobs twice as fast as now, and it means the industry can count on investing in twice as much infrastructure -because it is currently at 1% growth)
Need environmental standards for massive transmission project (Gov. Baker is pushing big hydro and that means tearing up our landscape to bring power from Canada)

DEAL BREAKER: You must VETO/VOTE AGAINST the omnibus bill altogether if it includes any kind of pipeline tax.

Well done! Thanks for all you do.
Onward!

Bring Your Bold Voice to Protect Forests Now Under Attack

Today’s Monday Action: Urge Your Massachusetts House Representative To publicly support Attorney General Maura Healey’s defense of Article 97 in court in Pittsfield on 3/31.

FYI: Article 97 is a big deal. Part of the MA constitution, it protects protected lands. It is strong. It is unusual.

It requires a 2/3 majority in BOTH houses to be overturned. Otis State Forest, currently under attack by new gas pipelines, is thus protected–

Kinder Morgan is trying to hammer a spike into Article 97: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is now pressing ahead to begin cutting trees before 3/31 in Otis State Forest and Sandisfield for its Connecticut Expansion Project.
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Find your personal State Legislators here. 
They all must hear from us. (If your representative is Ellen Story, copy and paste this sample letter; if not, adapt the suggested text below)
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Dear Representative Story,I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. Natural gas is mainly composed of methane, which traps heat and has 80 times the effect of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere, meaning small amounts can have a significant impact on global warming.

Therefore we sincerely urge you to:
1. show public support for Attorney General Maura Healy’s defense of Article 97 in court in Pittsfield on 3/31.
2. please also consider joining us citizens in filing a comment on FERC Docket No. CP14-529 along the lines of:

“I oppose TGP’s request for permission to proceed with tree-cutting. FERC should deny the request, as it did the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request (with respect to tree-cutting in New York State) under Docket No. CP13-499, because TGP does not have the 401 water quality certificates required for this project.”

Thank you for fighting for us and our environment throughout your distinguished career.
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN AND STATE

With Mothers Out Front

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Contact: Representative Ellen Story:

The State House:

    Room 277

    Boston, MA 02133

    Phone: 617-722-2012

    Email: Ellen.Story@mahouse.gov

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Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change.
Forward Monday Actions today!
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Still here? Are you looking for an in-person action?
This is an Action Packed Week for Pipeline Resistance: INFO HERE
• CAN (Climate Action Now) meeting with MOF breakout Mon. 3/28 7pm at the Amherst Unitarian Church
• MOF (Mothers Out Front) Pioneer Valley community meeting Mon. 4/18 6pm in Amherst. RSVP greenzinnia at hotmail dot com
• DPU (Department of Public Utilities) NED pipeline hearing at 195 Federal St., Greenfield, at 7pm Wednesday 3/30. Show solidarity with friends and neighbors whose property rights are under attack, and who will be making statements to the DPU. To carpool contact info.ma.mothersoutfront.org
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Don’t let THIS happen to Otis State Forest:
https://www.robly.com/archive?id=e4f783ea4353004ab92930af48b827e3

Most of the pristine 3,800-acre Otis State Forest, with its 400-year-old hemlocks and 62-acre Lower Spectacle Pond, was preserved in 2007 in a collaboration between the state and Mass Audubon at a cost of $5.2 million, one of the biggest conservation land deals in Massachusetts history.

Thank you!

Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

In collaboration,
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley

http://www.mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team