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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Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories

Do you know anyone in and around the Fore River Basin who has experienced illnesses that could potentially be linked to environmental toxins? We are collecting stories as part of the fight against the compressor station to illustrate the fact that we cannot bare to have anymore toxic facilities in the community. 

If you, your friend, or your family member feels comfortable sharing their story, please contact us and we will set up a time to meet. You can email us at nocompressor@gmail.com

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FERC is reviewing their approval process - Submit comments!

FERC is reviewing their approval process - Submit comments!

FERC recently announced that they are reviewing their approval process for their Certification of New Interstate Natural Gas Facilities. They are seeking input from the public on this matter.

Comments are due July 25, 2018. 

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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Donate to our legal fund!

Donate to our legal fund!


Our attorney is working with us on both our wetlands and waterways appeals. In addition to the legal costs associated with filing appeals and prepping for these hearings, we plan to file as intervenors on the air quality permit. With these three appeals, our legal costs will likely amount to more than $20,000--so we need to raise as much as we can as quickly as possible. 

That is why we are asking for your monetary support. We understand that this is a lot to ask and WE are grateful for ANY amount that you are able to give. Please know that your prior generous donations have allowed us to come this far with the appeals process.

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Legislative Action Items: Omnibus Bill and H2913

Legislative Action Items: Omnibus Bill and H2913

Time to make some calls! We need folks to call their representatives to demand that fossil fuels are NOT included in Governor Baker's climate change bill as a "clean peak" resource. We also need folks to urge their reps to support a new Environmental Justice bill (H2913) that could strengthen Environmental Justice standards in the state. Please take a moment to call your reps to address both of these items.

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Action Item: Keep Fracked-Gas out of Climate Change Bill

Action Item: Keep Fracked-Gas out of Climate Change Bill

Background: Governor Baker recently introduced a bill to the legislature that would provide money and other resources to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, such as funding to build sea walls in coastal areas. You can read more about the bill, “An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection, and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity”, here. Though mitigation is needed to combat some of the effects of climate change (i.e. rising sea levels), we can’t rely solely on band-aid fixes; we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to prevent climate change from worsening. That is why we are concerned about language in this bill that could be used as a way to institute a pipeline tax or otherwise allow the gas industry to say that natural, or fracked-gas, is a form of clean energy.

Action Item: Contact your representatives, senators, and Governor Baker’s office and ask that they make sure there is language in the bill to exclude gas, and all fossil fuels, as an option for clean energy. You are welcome to use the sample call script and email template below.

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Action Item: Call Your Reps to Support EJ Bill

Action Item: Call Your Reps to Support EJ Bill

FRRACS is supporting the new environmental justice bill, H.2913 An act relative to environmental justice and toxics reduction in the Commonwealth. H. 2913 reported favourably out of committee and has been referred to the committee on House Ways and Means. We encourage you to contact your representatives asking them to support this bill, as there are environmental justice communities located near the proposed compressor site

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Patriot Ledger Coverage of Air Permit Deadline

Patriot Ledger Coverage of Air Permit Deadline

Last weekend brought big news: MassDEP has until January 2019 to make a decision about Spectra/Enbridge's air permit. This will allow the state to have some breathing room while they conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the Fore River Basin. This does not mean that our fight is over, but it is good news nonetheless. The Ledger covered this story over the weekend.

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Air Permit Review Given Deadline of Jan. 2019

Air Permit Review Given Deadline of Jan. 2019

We have some important news to share with you regarding Spectra/Enbridge's air permit. It was announced today that MassDEP has until January 11, 2019 to issue, deny or condition the air permit. If there is an appeal, MassDEP will have to issue a final decision by June 28, 2019. This is great news as it gives the state time to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and time to conduct a full permit review.

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New FERC commissioner held many meetings with fossil fuel companies

New FERC commissioner held many meetings with fossil fuel companies

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Recently appointed FERC Commissioner, Rob Powelson, has spent a fair amount of his time meeting with industry people. Journalist Itai Vardi provides detail on his findings in his new piece, FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson Spent Much of His First Months in Office Meeting With the Fossil Fuel Industry. You can read the full article here.

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Action Item: Write a Letter to the Boston Globe

Action Item: Write a Letter to the Boston Globe

On Monday, February 13, the Boston Globe published an editorial about pipelines and LNG imports titled, "Our Russian ‘pipeline,’ and its ugly toll". 

The article is long and filled with too much misinformation for us to list. So, we have a big favor to ask--can you take a moment to write a letter to the Globe? The editorial is available here (if you can't access it, please let us know). For rules on how to write a letter to the editor at the Globe, click here.

 

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Submit Comments to CZM!

Submit Comments to CZM!

Comments to CZM are needed! Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is reviewing Spectra's project (though this review has been on hold for more than a year) and recently asked Spectra/Enbridge to answer questions about the Atlantic Bridge project. CZM is accepting comments on Enbridge's answers. The deadline for public comments is Friday, February 23. Comments need to be sent in the mail. Click here to access Enbridge's responses

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