Tell Our Governor: Stop New Gas Infrastructure in Weymouth

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Moms and dads join Weymouth resident Andrea Honore in the Governor’s office, waiting for him to meet with her about the Weymouth Compressor Station. She’s been there every day during her lunch break for over 70 days. Ask the Governor to visit Weymouth with Andrea.

Monday Action for the week of 7/3/17.

This week’s Monday Action is to tell Governor Baker to oppose the effort to build the Weymouth compressor station and to refuse to let the cost of building fossil fuel infrastructure be passed on to the public. Also, please look below for local activities in the Pioneer Valley.

The good news is that another gas pipeline, Access Northeast, that would have cut through communities in MA, CT, and NY, has been shelved for the foreseeable future! YAY TEAM! Your calls and emails do make a difference! Savor the win on this Independence Day weekend.

But our work is not over. The South Shore was, up until last week, facing two projects that depended on the Weymouth Compressor station: Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast. Spectra is still awaiting permit approvals from Massachusetts for Atlantic Bridge. Though ANE has been withdrawn, our fight against the Weymouth compressor station continues. We still have to defeat Atlantic Bridge.

Part of the reason Access Northeast has been shelved is because the economics of fossil fuel infrastructure don’t work. Last year, the State Supreme Court shot down the Baker Administration’s pipeline tariff. However, utilities and pipeline companies remain determined to find a way to make ratepayers – us – pay to build infrastructure we don’t want or need.

Our US Senators Markey and Warren have taken a stand against the Weymouth compressor station. The candidates for Governor have all spoken out in opposition to it. It’s time for Governor Baker to take action to protect our neighbors, our children, our clean energy economy.

Call the Governor. Use the text here as talking points. Or email, but be sure to put it your way. Say why you care.


Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children I love depend on us for a livable future. I want you to accelerate the pace of change in policies to ensure those children have hope for their own and their world’s health.

The Weymouth compressor station is not just a federal issue as you’ve said before, it’s a local and state issue that you have the power to allow or deny.

  • Direct the Department of Environmental Protection and Coastal Zone Management to deny vital permits.
  • New data shows high levels of air pollutants are already present near the proposed new compressor station in Weymouth. A health assessment must be done before permits are given.
  • At least go visit with Andrea Honore, who has been waiting for you to take a serious look at the proposed site. You’ll see how close the proposed site is to parks and neighborhoods.
  • We expect you to stand up for us against the gas pipeline and utility companies’ efforts to finance their pipelines by passing on the costs to ratepayers.
  • You have committed us to bold action on climate by signing on to the Climate Alliance in support  of the Paris Agreement. We cannot continue to build infrastructure for fossil fuels and meet our climate goals.

Thank you for your work on behalf of my family and the clean, healthy future we want.
Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
with Mothers Out Front


Contact Info for Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

To email via his email form

To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.
See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • Thursday 7/6, 1:00pm – 2:30pmZero Energy Amherst. Join a team working to make all new town buildings in Amherst Zero Energy. Contact anneperkins43 at gmail dot com for Amherst location.
  • Friday 7/7, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Aggregation plus. Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with community electricity, local clean energy, and energy efficiency, in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 7/9, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Meeting. At Cultivate & Bloom behind Sylvester’s on Pleasant Street at 20 Hampton Ave, suite 160. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 7/104:30-6:00pm100% Renewable Pioneer Valley Meeting – Presentation on CCAplus: Community Electricity – California Style, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, enter on the side on Kellogg St. CAN Legislative Committee Meeting 7:00pm. We’ll grab a quick dinner together in between meetings!
  • Monday 7/176:00-8:00Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting and PICNIC! Light dinner, bring if you can. We’ll eat and meet outside if the weather cooperates! All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place (except August gathering will be in a park venue, TBD).

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


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG.
You can also keep up with Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley on Twitter.

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

 
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Gov Baker, Tell DEP to Serve the People

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MOF protesting Weymouth, MA compressor station.

Here’s your Monday Action for the week of 5/29/17.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed that they routinely ask companies to edit draft permits.

It makes sense for the DEP to contact applicants to verify technical issues; however the DEP’s own regulations do not allow them to hand the draft to the company to alter in any way they choose.

We learned that DEP gave Spectra Energy the draft of their pollution permit for building a compressor station in Weymouth. Spectra edited the document in substantive ways that lowered the pollution standards they would have to meet, increasing the dangers to residents who live near gas infrastructure. Mothers Out Front and other pipeline opponents met with DEP when this news came out to demand the Baker administration revoke the air quality permit to protect the health and safety of the residents.

This week’s action is to demand that Governor Baker revoke the permit and put an end to this practice of turning a blind eye to a serious conflict of interest. You can use the sample words below as talking points or in an email. Make it personal.

See In Person Events below to join us in actions.


Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. The children whose future I have promised to safeguard depend on me, on us, to swiftly, justly, and completely transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.

Your DEP is allowing gas companies to edit drafts of permits which they have applied for. The DEP’s own regulations only allow the department to contact the applicant to verify that the permit is technically correct, not to hand them the permit to alter and edit out environmental standards they don’t like.

You are responsible for a fair and honest process and that didn’t happen here. Revoke the air pollution permit granted to Spectra for the Weymouth compressor station. Our children depend on your administration to ensure they have a safe and clean environment to grow up in.

Stop the unethical practice of letting gas companies rewrite draft permits behind the public’s back. Be a climate hero and stop allowing gas companies endanger our children’s health and future.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
With Mothers Out Front


Governor Charlie Baker

To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)

To write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

Office of the Governor

Room 280

Boston, MA 02133


You did it, thank you! You are making the changes we need! Please share Monday Actions with friends.

See you next Monday.



In Person Events:

  • Wednesday 5/31, 1:00pm-3:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings, Webinar and discussion of plans to reach this goal. Arrive at 12:45pm, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St).
  • Saturday 6/3, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Build a Better World, MOF and CAN are tabling in Northampton at this Forbes Library family fun event to highlight the work of organizations in the area. Let us know if you can help table! info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Sunday 6/4, 4:30pm-6:00pmNorthampton Mothers Out Front Weekly Meeting. Location TBD. Contact info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/5, 4:30pm, 100% Renewable Towns – All Workgroups Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St). 6:00pm dinner at Pita Pockets. 7:00pm Climate Action Now Legislative Committee Meeting.
  • Thursday 6/8, 1:00pm-2:00pmZero Net Energy for Amherst Town Buildings meeting. For location, contact anneperkins43@gmail.com.
  • Friday 6/9, 4:30pm-6:00pmCommunity Choice Energy (Aggregation plus). Let’s work together to go 100% Renewable with local energy in our region. Meeting in Hadley. Contactinfo.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/12, 6:00pm-8:00Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators, Western New England University’s School of Law — J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor. Meet at 4:45pm at Sheldon Field, Northampton, to carpool. Testify or support, but let’s show up and tell the Senators that we want to go 100% renewable and how! Let us know if you want to learn how to testify:  info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org.
  • Monday 6/19, 6:00-8:00Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.

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


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Pioneer Valley Monday Action Team
http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/

Berkshire Gas, We Want Less Gas!

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Monday Action for the week of 4/17/17.

Last week FERC granted Kinder Morgan permission to start tree felling in Otis State Forest. They may not start today, but they will try to start soon. There are still ways to stop them, so we haven’t lost heart. [Speaking of heart, please join us in giving a hearty Stop the Pipeline welcome to the MA Secretary of Energy and Environment, in Shelburne Falls on Wednesday morning. See our special plan below or click here.]

So Climate Heroes, we may not have stopped the interstate pipeline from going through Otis yet, but there’s one very close to many of us that Western Mass reps can help with. If you don’t live in the Berkshire Gas service region, please forward this to a friend who does and help them make the call.

If you live in a community affected by the Berkshire Gas moratorium (towns from Amherst to Greenfield, and Whately) please call Senator Rosenberg and your State Representative urging that they support Montague and Deerfield’s action plan to end the moratorium without big new infrastructure!

You can use the text below as talking points when you call or copy-and-paste if you choose to email. Personalizing your message makes it count a lot more.


Dear [Senator Rosenberg or Representative NAME],

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 sources like solar and wind. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground – including natural gas.

Berkshire Gas has proposed a solution to the moratorium on new hookups which they imposed on our town. Their solution would flood the valley with double the amount of gas currently used, building new, expensive infrastructure.

I hope you have seen the Action Plan to end the Berkshire Gas moratorium that Montague and Deerfield sent you last week. I urge you to fully support their recommendations which come from two expert witnesses. They show that a combination of system adjustments, demand management, more energy efficiency, and modest improvements to Berkshire’s infrastructure could end the moratorium quickly.

I urge you NOT to compromise with any Berkshire Gas proposal that would send more gas into our town than we need for local economic development as we transition to an economy powered by conservation and 100% renewable energy.

Thank you for serving our community and especially for your work on behalf of all our children and grandchildren whose future will depend on taking immediate action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
YOUR TOWN AND STATE
With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Senator Stan Rosenberg
Call: (617) 722-1500
Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
To call: 617-722-2425
Email: Solomon.Goldstein-Rose@mahouse.gov

Look up contact info for your State Representative here.

You did it, thank you! See you next Monday.


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday 4/17, 6:00-8:00, Amherst Mothers Out Front monthly meeting. Light dinner served. All welcome, including children. RSVP Madeleine greenzinnia at hotmail dot com. We meet every 3rd Monday, same time/same place.
  • Monday 4/17 and Tuesday 4/18, 3-5pm, ART BUILD to paint signs and prepare Lorax books for 4/19 action in Shelburne Falls. RSVP timholcomb55 at gmail dot com.
  • Wednesday 4/19, 9:30-11am, Stop the Pipeline: Secretary Beaton Welcome Party. Join with MOF at the Bridge of Flowers in a silent (children’s noise welcome) protest of Baker’s policies on “natural” gas. The Secretary will speak for the Administration. The Lorax and we will speak for the trees. Info in link above or Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Saturday 4/22, 10-4, Amherst Sustainability Fair. Come see us at our booth, make a Super Climate Hero sheild for the Climate March, send a postcard to the Governor, introduce a friend to MOF. To help table and run children’s craft activities, contact Felicia at Felicia.Mednick at verizon dot net.
  • Sunday 4/22-23, 10-4, EcoLiving Workshops and The Franklin County Better Greener Living Show. At the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. http://fcbetterlivingshow.org/workshops
  • Monday 4/24, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Climate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Campaigns, planning for Climate Marches, and more at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St.
  • Saturday 4/29, Climate Marches in DC or Boston or Springfield.
  • Tuesday 5/9 6:15 MOF House Party in Leverett; Sun. 5/21 1:30 MOF House Party in Amherst. RSVP and questions to ellentmiddleton at gmail dot com.

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


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team

Governor, How Much Methane is Leaking?

Monday Action for the week of 2/13/17:
Methane is leaking from the old pipes across the state. There could be one right under your street. Look up where the leaks reported in 2015 are in your town.
In September, in response to a court ruling, Governor Baker ordered new regulations to meet the 2020 goals set in the state’s climate plan – the Global Warming Solutions Act. We all know the devil is in the details so we’re wading into the details of how methane will be limited.

You can use the sample talking points or copy-and-paste text below, if you like. Calling shows you really mean it, but if you email, be sure to personalize it.



Dear Governor Baker,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the defining issue which future generations depend on us to solve. I urge you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean energy for the health and safety of all our children.

Methane is leaking from the old gas pipes under the streets in my town. As you know, gas companies haven’t been required to fix most of these leaks and thousands of them have been leaking for years.Methane is 80 times more powerful a Green House Gas (GHG) than CO2 in the first 20 years. Methane leaks kill trees, make people sick and can explode!

The DEP has proposed using a formula for gas companies to calculate and report the total amount of methane leaking in their pipelines along with a limit that is reduced each of the next three years. The DPU will be developing regulations for a timeline for fixing gas leaks that have been leaking for years. Please make sure they work together so they get it right! And three years of reductions are not enough; we need the limits to show the companies are plugging all the leaks.

There’s a much better way to reduce methane leaks than estimating emissions. Measure the volume of the leaks and require that gas companies fix the biggest ones without delay.

A study in Boston found that 7% of the leaks are gushing 50% of the methane leaked from the pipes under our city streets. If those “super-emitters” were found and fixed, the limits DEP is setting for total methane leaks would be surpassed quickly.

We must reduce the leaks the fastest way, not the easiest way, because in 20 years, when the methane released today is dissipating in the atmosphere, today’s children will be young adults. I’m counting on you to do all you can to leave them a healthy, clean energy future.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR TOWN/CITY

With Mothers Out Front


Contact:
Governor Charlie Baker
To call: Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
To email
To write a letter:
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133


You did it!

Together we can make a difference in Massachusetts for all of us.

Thank you! See you next Monday!



Still here? Submit your testimony using the points in the sample letter above to DEP before the 2/24 deadline by e-mail to climate.strategies@state.ma.us.


In Person Events:

  • Sunday, 2/19, 4:00pmNorthampton MOF Organizing Team Meeting. Join the newly formed Northampton MOF group! Contact Sarah at sarahrpartan@earthlink.net.

  • Monday 2/20, 5:30 – 7:30, MOF Family Potluck. We’re not having a meeting as usual on the 3rd Monday in February because many people will be away during school break. But you’re invited to a potluck with your family on. RSVP to Ariella for location at ariellaschwell@gmail.com.

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

  • Sunday, 2/26, 1pm, GATHERING OUR HEARTS AT STANDING ROCK, a documentary in process by Fidel Moreno followed by a panel discussion, Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshires, 1089 Main Street in Housatonic.
  • Monday, 2/27, 7:00pm-9:00pmClimate Action Now meeting with breakout reporting on 100% Renewable Local Campaigns, Northampton Unitarian Society, 220 Main St.
  • Wednesday, 3/1, 7:00-9:00pm100% Renewable Amherst Meeting. Come learn how Greenfield has raced ahead in lowering their GHG emissions with deep energy efficiency and clean energy. Contact Andra for location and info at amherstamr@gmail.com.

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


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!
Your Monday Action Team
Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley

http://mofpioneervalley.nationbuilder.com/