All Hands on Deck -- List of Action Items to Stop the Compressor

All Hands on Deck -- List of Action Items to Stop the Compressor

Yesterday, Hearing Officer Jane Rothchild once again sided with the polluter over the people. She issued a thumbs up decision to Enbridge on both the Wetlands and the Waterways appeals. These decisions will go to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg for his final decision on the permits that Enbridge seeks.

There will be NO retreat from any of the fighters on the ground. There are multiple actions being planned and much for us to do together. We will need your help more than ever as we move forward to end this dangerous and unnecessary compressor station project. Click below for a list of ways that you can help.

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Action Item: Call Commissioner Suuberg of MassDEP

Action Item: Call Commissioner Suuberg of MassDEP

Call Commissioner Suuberg and tell him to DENY THE PERMITS. He has the ability to shut down this dangerous proposal. Urge him to do the right thing. Leave a voicemail, email him, then call again.

To reach Commissioner Suuberg, dial 617-292-5500, press “8” for the name directory, then dial "7882" for the first four letters of his last name. This should bring you directly to his voicemail.

Email: Martin.suuberg@state.ma.us

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Broken links on MassDEP website impede ability to do research

Broken links on MassDEP website impede ability to do research

FRRACS members have been sifting through thousands of pages of reports to prepare for the upcoming Public Involvement Plan meeting. These reports are related to soil contamination at the site and Enbridge’s draft Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan. In the midst of our research, we discovered that key documents were missing from MassDEP’s website. These documents are necessary for the review of Enbridge’s draft RAM plan, as well as other reports. We promptly sent a request to DEP asking them to fix the broken links and to allow for an extension of the PIP comment period.

The Patriot Ledger - Compressor critics say website issues impeding research

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Sen. Markey, Sen. Warren, and Rep. Lynch Urge Enbridge to Stop the Compressor

Sen. Markey, Sen. Warren, and Rep. Lynch Urge Enbridge to Stop the Compressor

In a letter addressed to the president of Enbridge, Senator Markey, Senator Warren, and Congressman Lynch expressed their serious concerns about the compressor station and urged Enbridge to reconsider the proposal.

We applaud them for speaking out and for voicing their opposition. Take a moment to send your thanks to each of them. The press release and letter are available below.

The Patriot Ledger - Lawmakers ask gas company CEO to pull compressor station plans

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Livestream of gas blowdown in Newton and Wellesley

Livestream of gas blowdown in Newton and Wellesley

Nathan Phillips, a vocal opponent of gas infrastructure, live-streamed today’s blowdown of methane from an Enbridge pipeline in Newton and Wellesley. Nathan has lead many efforts to map gas leaks throughout the area and has been a longtime ally of FRRACS. Nathan and other concerned residents drove around the area with a methane mapping instrument to measure the levels of methane released by the blowdown. You can watch the livestream here.

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Local residents expose Enbridge's pipeline blowdown in Newton and Weston

Local residents expose Enbridge's pipeline blowdown in Newton and Weston

Members of FRRACS joined our allies in Newton on the morning of October 8, to alert drivers that they were entering an active gas leak. Enbridge informed local municipalities just a few days ago that they would be conducting a “blowdown” of their pipeline in Newton and Weston. We held signs over the I-95 overpass that read, “Enbridge Gas Leak: Next 3 Miles”.

You can read our full press release below. Patch also covered this story; read it here.

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Sen. Markey visits proposed compressor station site

Sen. Markey visits proposed compressor station site

Senator Markey paid a visit to the proposed compressor station site today. He was joined by members of FRRACS, Sen. O'Connor, Rep. Murphy, Sen. Timilty, Mayor Koch, and staff from Sen. Warren's office. Alice took them on a tour of the site and nearby facilities. We thank our represents for joining us today and for giving us their unwavering support.

You can watch the tour with Sen. Markey here

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#sitwithandrea reaches 200th day

#sitwithandrea reaches 200th day

FRRACS member, Andrea, has been sitting in the governor’s office on her lunch break for 200 days now. Governor Baker STILL refuses to meet with her or anyone from the South Shore community.

To mark her 200th day, FRRACS members and allies joined her at the Governor’s office to urge him to stop the dangerous compressor station proposal. You can watch the video from today’s sit-in here.

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Action Item: Make 3 Calls to Stop the Compressor

Last Tuesday we received the draft Release Abatement Measure Plan from TRC, Enbridge's environmental engineers. This Plan is the proposal for the clean up of the contamination on the proposed compressor site.

On page 27 of the report, we found this statement:
8.15 Implementation Schedule The anticipated schedule for the commencement of construction activities is November 1, 2019, with a September 1, 2020 in-service date.

We are unclear as to how they plan to undertake construction without yet having the proper permitting, without having the permanent plan, and without fulfilling first the public comment period that currently ends on October 15th with the answers to those comments due on November 15th.

What can you do? Make 3 Calls Today!

Call Governor Baker at 617-725-4005, DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg at 617-292-5536, and Secretary Katie Theoharides at 617-626-1000 and ask them:

  • How can construction begin without the proper permits?

  • How can construction begin on a contaminated site without the final Release Abatement Measure Plan?

  • How can construction begin before the promised safety and risk evaluation reports and coastal resiliency report have not been done?

The public meeting on this Plan is scheduled for Wednesday September 25, 2019 at the Abigail Adams School beginning at 7:00. We hope you will join us for this most important meeting.

Want to know more? Join us at our regular meeting this coming Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm and at the FANG NVDA training on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm (RSVP here). Both events will be held at the Fore River Clubhouse, 16 Nevada Rd., Quincy.

TRC Releases Draft Plan for Contamination Clean up

TRC Releases Draft Plan for Contamination Clean up

There will be a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) meeting on Thursday, October 10 from 7-9pm to discuss the ongoing contamination issue at the proposed compressor station site. The meeting will be held at Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth (89 Middle Street).


The draft RAM Plan is available on MassDEP's website here: (https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/portal#!/search/wastesite) under RTN 4-0026230.

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Timeline of the Compressor Station Fight: Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2019

Timeline of the Compressor Station Fight: Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2019

It’s hard to believe that we have been fighting the compressor station proposal for four and half years now. Though the fight has been exhausting at times, we know that we have no choice but to bring an end to this dangerous proposal. We could not have made it this far without the incredible support of our community and allies.

It can be hard to recall everything that has happened since the start, so we assembled a brief timeline to give you a snapshot of what has occurred. You can view the timeline here or below.

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