Air Quality Hearing - Day 2 Recap

Air Quality Hearing - Day 2 Recap

We wrapped up the second day of our air quality appeal hearing day today. What a day it was! It’s amazing how exhausting these hearings can be. We finished Enbridge’s cross-examination of the petitioner’s witnesses (Weymouth, Braintree, and FRRACS) and began cross-examination of Enbridge’s witnesses. Read on for a summer of today’s testimonies.

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Air Quality Hearing - Day 1 Recap

Air Quality Hearing - Day 1 Recap

The moment that we have been waiting for is officially here. Our lawyers and expert witnesses have spent a lot of time preparing for the hearing on our appeal of Enbridge’s air quality permit. We honestly can’t thank our incredible team enough for all that they’ve put into this fight. Today was really intense! Our witnesses held nothing back, and it was quite clear that Enbridge’s lawyers were not prepared. There were some really amazing exchanges, including Nathan Phillips calling out DEP’s unethical moves. We will have video footage of everything soon. Read more for a complete recap on the day’s testimonies.

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Mothers out Front confront Baker at the airport

Mothers out Front confront Baker at the airport

Governor Baker can run but he can’t hide! We know Baker does not want to speak with his constituents. He has made that very clear. But that doesn’t mean we are going to let him off the hook. It’s time for the Governor to listen to his constituents and actually do something to address climate issues in this state. He continues to throw the compressor station issue into other people’s hands, but he has power over this issue. We’re really glad folks from Mothers out Front were able to catch him at the airport today. He looked so pleased!

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More evidence on DEP's omission of air quality results

More evidence on DEP's omission of air quality results

Funny thing--when FRRACS sent out our canisters to EPA approved labs, the results of the testing were sent to us within two weeks. As Itai reports, the DEP had the results of their testing available to them within two weeks at the Rhode Island State labs had they only picked up the phone in August. They clearly did not want to know what they were going to find out about our air quality. They clearly do not care about our health.

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Cambridge City Council opposes compressor station proposal

Cambridge City Council opposes compressor station proposal

Thank you, Cambridge City Council, for passing a policy statement on May 6, expressing strong opposition to the proposed compressor station, and communicating that position to state legislators and Gov. Baker. Thank you, Mothers Out Front for the pre-Council visibility, and for testifying in favor of the policy, along with FRRACS Board member Rev. Betsy Sowers from Old Cambridge Baptist Church.

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Action Item: Tell Baker to say no to biomass as renewable energy

Action Item: Tell Baker to say no to biomass as renewable energy

Gov. Baker is trying to pull a fast one by saying the burning of wood and trash is clean energy to be placed in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). We know you're shocked. Sign this petition to put a stop to this.

To learn more about this issue, visit the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) website. There will be 3 MassDOER hearings on this issue. We encourage you to attend! Find out more here.

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Sec. Beaton leaves Baker admin for industry position at TRC

Sec. Beaton leaves Baker admin for industry position at TRC

It was announced today that Environment Secretary Matthew Beaton will be leaving his role as Environment Secretary to join the consulting firm TRC as a senior vice president. Yes, this is the same firm that has worked for Enbridge on the compressor station project. Beaton will be replaced by Kathleen Theoharides, a former conservation consultant.

You can read more about this new development here: Desmog - After Approving Enbridge Permit, Massachusetts’ Environment Secretary Lands Job with Project’s Contractor

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