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.Read More
Great news, folks! MassDEP has issued a stay on our appeal of Spectra's waterways permit. This comes after the their decision to place a stay on the wetlands permit. The list of permits currently on hold has now grown to 4: wetlands, CZM, air quality, and waterways. The fight is not yet over, but this is certainly something to celebrate!Read More
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 More
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.Read More
Some good news: Senate Bill 469 - an act relative to positioning of compressor stations was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
We thank Senator O'Oconnor and many others, for all their hard work on this bill. And many thanks to the folks who called committee members to ask that the vote favorably on the bill.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 More
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.Read More
Local residents have been conducting air quality testing in the area and have been voicing their concerns about serious risks related to compressor stations. Congressman Lynch continues to listen to our concerns - and acts on them. We greatly appreciate his support.Read More
Last week we aired a new TV commercial (watch it on Youtube here) that directly targets Governor Baker. The ad asks, "Where are you, Gov. Baker?" This week he broke his silence. Though we are glad that he has addressed some of our concerns, he stopped short of stating his opposition, unlike many of his colleagues. Read the story about our Ad in the Braintree paper.Read More
On Monday afternoon, gubernatorial candidate, Jay Gonzalez, visited the proposed compressor station site with FRRACS members and Councilor Haugh. He was given a tour of the proposed site and presented with detailed information about the site and the facilities that surround the area.
We appreciate him taking the time to not only listen to the concerns of local residents, but to also visit the proposed location.
Candidate Gonzalez has come out against the compressor station and against more gas infrastructure in the Commonwealth.Read More
Starting next Wednesday (7/19), Occupy Hingham will be holding the weekly Anti-Compressor sign holding at the intersection of Green Street and 3A (Bridge Street) near St. Jerome Church from 4:30 to 5:30pm. A new prayer circle will be held at the compressor site at 6pm.Read More
Last month, local residents organized a 24-hr testing of VOCs at the compressor site and on Evans St. The data was analyzed by Environmental Analytical Service, Inc., a certified lab in California. The results present more concerns about the current level of pollutants in the Basin.Read More
Looking for ways to get involved? We have a few action steps outlined below. This list provides a good outline of things that you can do to get involved. Click on the image to access the full PDF version.Read More
Today's Globe featured an article about the compressor fight and our efforts to put pressure on Governor Baker. You can read the article here: "Baker facing mounting pressure on Weymouth gas facility."Read More