The Toxic Legacy of the Fore River Basin

The Toxic Legacy of the Fore River Basin

The Fore River Basin is home to 8 industrial facilities. Community air-quality testing has revealed high level of pollutants in the area, including formaldehyde and benzene. The community cannot endure any further destruction or pollution. Instead of building yet another toxic facility, we need to address the pollution that is already there. There’s an article in the Ledger this week that highlights this exact issue. You can read the full piece here.

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Lawmakers want compressor proposal halted after Merrimack explosion

Lawmakers want compressor proposal halted after Merrimack explosion

Local state reps and senators, including Joan Meschino, James Murphy, and Patrick O’Connor, sent a letter to Matthew Beaton, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive officer of the state Department of Transportation, in response to the tragic gas explosion in Lawrence and Andover last week. They are asking that the compressor station proposal be put on hold until a public transportation safety impact study is conducted. You can read more about their letter in The Patriot Ledger:

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Columbia Gas Explosion: Who will pay to rebuild?

Columbia Gas Explosion: Who will pay to rebuild?

Let’s be clear about this, Columbia's negligence led to the disaster that occurred in the Merrimack Valley last week. The customers whose houses didn't blow up will be without heat, hot water, cooking stoves, and dryers for months. Those whose houses did blow up are really up the creek. AND COLUMBIA IS GOING TO TRY TO GET THE RATEPAYERS TO PAY FOR THIS MESS. Let that sink in. Read more from The Boston Globe.

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Wetlands Appeal Court Update

Wetlands Appeal Court Update

We were in Lakeville all day Thursday and Friday for the Wetlands hearing. Very interesting testimony from the Town of Weymouth. And we cannot thank our intervenor group and our attorneys Mike and Lori Hayden enough for all of the hard work done on the prefiled testimony--and for showing up to NOT be questioned by Enbridge or the DEP. Only Dr. Nordgaard was seated for testimony. Thanks for being in the hot seat, Curt!

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Disappointing Energy Bill

Disappointing Energy Bill

The Massachusetts House and Senate released their compromised energy bill tonight. To say that we are disappointed by the outcome would be a bit of an understatement. While there are some good parts to this bill--such as forcing the DPU to quantify the gas leaks, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is below what was needed (2% instead of 3% and going DOWN to 1% after 10 years) and now burning trash to create energy is considered "clean and renewable!" Perfect.

You can read more about the disappointing energy bill here.

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No Bayou Bridge Solidarity Standout

No Bayou Bridge Solidarity Standout

Called by the Houma Nation in Louisiana fighting the Bayou Bridge project, we were called to stand in solidarity with all pipeline and climate warriors across the country. At yesterday's stand-out we protested TD Bank's involvement with funding Enbridge and Energy Transfer Partners. Thank you to all who joined us!

If you want to learn more about the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, visit NoBayouBridge.global.

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Submit comments to FERC by July 25!

Submit comments to FERC by July 25!

FERC recently announced that they are reviewing their approval process for their Certification of New Interstate Natural Gas Facilities.

Comments are due July 25, 2018. 

How to submit comments:

You can submit comments on FERC's website. You will need to enter docket #: PL18-1-000 under eFilings. 

For detailed info, please visit the Pipe Line Awareness Network NE (PLAN-NE) website. They put together a great outline of information and resources. 

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Compressor Station Amendment Passes Senate

Compressor Station Amendment Passes Senate

It is this amendment that has the potential of keeping dangerous gas infrastructure away from population centers like the Basin. Of course, we in the Basin do not want these infrastructures on the planet, but the fight continues.

FRRACS would like to offer our most sincere thanks to Sen. O'Connor for keeping the pedal to the metal on this one until it passed. You can read his statement here.

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