Fall Fest 2017 Recap

What a wonderful day it was in the park. We were thrilled to see so many people from the community come out to explore and celebrate the park next to the proposed compressor station. In addition to delicious vegetable soup and homemade bread, there were lots of fun games and activities for visitors to enjoy. We had pumpkin painting, face painting, an egg race, bean bag toss, and a donut-eating contest. Visitors also enjoyed a visit from the "Leaky Lemonade" stand -- you pay full price for a leaky cup of lemonade, much like the leaky gas pipes that we are paying for throughout the state. 

This event could not have been possible without the generosity of volunteers who gave their time and resources. Many thanks to John for cooking all of the delicious food, Occupy Hingham for serving the food, Margaret for her masterful face-painting, Jerry for organizing the parking, Alice for organizing the volunteers, and to many, many others for the generous help! 

We hope everyone enjoyed the day! See below for photos of the Fall Fest.

FRRACS Community Fall Fest - Oct. 21

FRRACS Community Fall Fest - Oct. 21

This fall FRRACS will be hosting a community festival in the park next to the proposed compressor station. If the compressor station does get built, we could lose access to the public park that sits along the Fore River Basin. We will gather to celebrate the park and all that we have accomplished thus far in the fight against the compressor station. We hope that you will join us in this celebration.

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A special thank you

A special thank you

It has been a very long two and three quarters years! The latest stay on the Waterways permitting warrants us taking a moment to thank all of you who have fought so long and hard to get to this point. Recognizing that it ain't over, we would still like you all to know that the Fore River Residents do not take your hard work, focus, and dedication for granted.

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FRRACS Presents Air Quality Results at Braintree Town Council Meeting

FRRACS Presents Air Quality Results at Braintree Town Council Meeting

On Tuesday night, FRRACS spoke in front of the Braintree Town Council to present data on air quality and our concerns regarding current levels of pollution. Dr. Nordgaard discussed the results and Mike Lang and Alice Arena spoke in more detail about our efforts to stop the compressor station. We are grateful the Council took the time to listen to our concerns, and we are hopeful that the dialogue will continue.

Read full coverage from the Patriot Ledger and Braintree Wicked Local.

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CZM Issues Another 6 Month Stay

CZM Issues Another 6 Month Stay

Nearly a year ago today, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) issued a one year stay on their review of the compressor station. They explained that they needed to obtain more information from Spectra, before they could conduct a review. That decision was issued on August 3, 2016. Today they have announced that they will be extending the stay by six months. This is excellent news, and will continue to hold up the project. You can read the letter here or below.

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Congressman Lynch Meets with Local Residents

Congressman Lynch Meets with Local Residents

Congressman Lynch met with local residents in Weymouth and Braintree, to discuss the community's efforts to conduct air quality testing. He met with Dr. Nordgaard, who has helped lead the testing, as well as other community members.  He is now calling on the EPA to conduct further testing. We are grateful to the Congressman for his continued support and his intervention on behalf of his constituents in the Fore River Basin.

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Industry Supporters Rag on Activists and Gov. Baker

Industry Supporters Rag on Activists and Gov. Baker

Marcellus Drilling News (MDN), a pro-industry website and newsletter, complained about Gov. Baker's response to our concerns about the compressor station. MDN often name-calls activists and members of the public for their efforts to oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure; this week they took aim at us. It doesn't bother us, in fact, it shows that our organizing is working and that we're getting under the skin of the gas industry.

You can read an excerpt of the piece below or the MDN site. You have to have an account to read the full piece.

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Compressor Station Gets National Coverage

Compressor Station Gets National Coverage

Governor Baker's response this week has caught the attention of news outlets across the country. But don't be fooled, the fight is far from over. Breaking his silence on the compressor station and making the request for health assessment is a good step, but it's not enough. He needs to speak out against the proposal AND he needs to visit the site, like many of his colleagues have.

Read coverage in the Associated Press, which was shared in the Miami Herald, U.S. News and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Occupy Hingham Weekly Standout + Vigil

Occupy Hingham Weekly Standout + Vigil

We had a great "No Compressor" standout this week! Today was the first day at the new location - the corner of 3A and Green Street in North Weymouth. A big thank you to all who came out - in the heat - to hold signs and bring more attention to the compressor station fight.

Occupy Hingham hosts the weekly standout every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm at the corner of St. Jerome's Church in North Weymouth. All are welcome to join.

This week also marked the first prayer circle at the site, following the standout. Community members will be meeting at the compressor site (6 Bridge St.) every Wednesday at 6 pm through the month of August. Feel free to join, faith or no faith.

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