Action Item: CALL MAPC -- 617.933.0750

Action Item: CALL MAPC -- 617.933.0750

Tell MAPC to cut their ties with Enbridge and to quit playing with the health of the Fore River community!
Although we are glad that MAPC has spoken out against the compressor station proposal in general, we are very concerned about their lack of transparency throughout the HIA process. As revealed in an article in Desmogblog, MAPC worked directly with Enbridge and accepted documents from them that were produced by Enbridge's own consultants. The source of this document was not made clear in the HIA report. This is very concerning.

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Judge rules in favor of Enbridge on wetlands ordinance

Judge rules in favor of Enbridge on wetlands ordinance

U.S. District Judge Denise Casper has ruled in favor of Enbridge in relation to an appeal from the Town of Weymouth. In 2016, the Weymouth Conservation Commission denied Spectra-Enbridge’s application for a wetlands permit. Spectra-Enbridge appealed the decision, and since then, the appeal has bounced around the courts. This most recent decision is very disappointing. It’s not good news but we are in no way done. You can read the full decision below from Law360.

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MAPC releases statement about compressor and HIA

MAPC releases statement about compressor and HIA

MAPC, the agency that conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the compressor station, has released a statement about the HIA process and the compressor station. We applaud MAPC for speaking out against the compressor station proposal but we are disappointed in their final conclusion that the compressor station would not have any significant health impact on the surrounding community. MAPC ignored data that showed high levels of benzene and formaldehyde in the Basin, so we find it perplexing how they could come to the conclusion that the compressor wouldn’t have any significant impact. You can read MAPC’s full statement here: http://foreriverhia.com/

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Can you donate to our legal fund?

Can you donate to our legal fund?

What a busy week it has been! After two long days, our DEP hearing on the waterways license has concluded. Our next appeal will be on the air quality permit. These appeals are an important part of the process but they are also expensive. Can you donate to our legal fund to help us sustain the fight? We could not have made it this far without you. Thank you! You can donate here.

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Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility respond to HIA

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility respond to HIA

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) released their response to the Health Impact Assessment. We thank them for using their voice and expertise to bring attention to this concerning proposal, and for highlighting issues within the HIA report. Members of GBPSR also attended the Mothers Out Front action on Thursday. You can access the full report here.

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Community members visit the State House, DEP, and DPH

Community members visit the State House, DEP, and DPH

Mothers out Front organized an event on Thursday to ask Gov. Baker to cut his ties from fossil fuels. The event was organized in support of FRRACS and in response to the faulty HIA report. Hundreds gathered in Nurses Hall at the State House, holding paper scissors while chanting: “Gov. Baker, cut your ties from fossil fuels!” Their voices echoed throughout the chamber. They moved upstairs and lined the hallway above Nurses Hall. Members of the community, including Alice (FRRACS), Andrea (#sitwithandrea), and doctors from GBPSR, spoke about the compressor station issue. After they spoke, community members split into groups and made their way to the Governor’s office, DEP, and DPH.

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CZM extends stay through Aug. 2019

CZM extends stay through Aug. 2019

Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has announced that they are extending their stay on Enbridge’s Consistency of Review through August 5, 2019. This is good news! Enbridge needs approval of this review from CZM before they can begin construction but CZM will not review it until there is a decision on the wetlands and waterways permits. The wetlands and waterways permits are still in the appeal process, so a decision has not been made yet. You can access the letter here.

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MAPC voices opposition to compressor station

MAPC voices opposition to compressor station

Surprising news today: The Executive Director of MAPC - the agency that conducted the faulty HIA - has spoken out against the compressor station, citing safety and climate concerns. This statement was unexpected but we applaud MAPC for voicing their concerns about the compressor station. Read more from WBUR - Agency Head Voices Opposition To Proposed Weymouth Compressor Station.

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Weymouth resident, Andrea H., talks about her sit-in on NECN

Weymouth resident, Andrea H., talks about her sit-in on NECN

Andrea Honore relaunched her sit-in at the Governor’s office after the release of the faulty HIA and MassDEP’s approval Enbridge’s air quality permit. She has been sitting in the Gov.’s waiting room nearly every afternoon on her lunch break for over 90 days (the first term of her sit-in was in 2017). Gov. Baker has not spoken to her. In fact, his staff states that “Gov. Baker does not meet with constituents.” Andrea was on The Take with Sue O’Connell on NECN to talk about Gov. Baker and the compressor station. You can watch the clip here.

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Call Gov. Baker -- Remind him that fossil fuels cause climate change

Call Gov. Baker -- Remind him that fossil fuels cause climate change

Action Item: CALL GOV. BAKER -- 617-725-4005 AND COMMENT ON HIS RECORD IN MA. Go to the House Committee on Natural Resources: Democrats facebook page and make a comment.

Contradiction Charlie is at it again. Gov. Charlie Baker is heading to Congress this week to testify on the issue of climate change. Please give him a call and remind him that fossil fuels (i.e. fracked-gas) cause climate change.

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WGBH covers a Weymouth resident's sit-in at the Governor's office

WGBH covers a Weymouth resident's sit-in at the Governor's office

If you’re familiar with the fight against the compressor station, you are probably familiar with the #SitWithAndrea daily sit-in at Gov. Baker’s office. Andrea Honore, a Weymouth resident, has been spending her lunch break in the Gov.’s office for 90+ days. Gov. Baker has yet to meet with her. What will it take for him to finally meet with a constituent? You can follow her story online here.

WGBH Morning Edition covered this story. You can listen to it here.

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