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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Comment on Baker’s hypocrisy! He is urging action on climate change while also supporting the expansion of fracked gas (‘natural’ gas) infrastructure. Give him a call — 617-725-4005. We can’t let him off the hook! Read more about this story from MassLive - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urges Congress to address climate change.Read More
Another explosion. This time in California. Panic ensued and buildings were burned, but luckily no injuries were reported. How can these companies continue to claim that their infrastructure is safe?? You can read more about the explosion at NBC News - Gas explosion in San Francisco shoots fire that burns multiple buildings.Read More
Quincy City Council passed a resolution telling the State to deny the Wetlands and Waterways permits. We send our thanks to Council President, Brad Croall, Councilor McCarthy, and the City of Quincy for their work on this effort!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Governor Baker is heading to Congress this week to testify on the issue of climate change. We find this somewhat perplexing given the fact that he supports fracked-gas, you know, one of the fossil fuels contributing to climate change. See WGBH News for text regarding Baker testifying on climate change.Read More
We thank the Town of Braintree for submitting an appeal to MassDEP in response to their granting of an air quality permit for Enbridge’s proposed compressor station. MassDEP based their decision on the results of an incomplete health impact assessment (HIA). You can read more about this story in The Patriot LedgerRead More
Congressman Lynch has been voicing his concern about the compressor station for many years now, and is reiterating his concern after a fire at a compressor station in Michigan reduced natural gas service to homes nearby during a cold snap. Read more from Jessica Trufant at The Patriot Ledger.Read More
Enbridge has proven to us yet again that they are not a safe, reliable company. Incident after incident, Enbridge deflects blame and fails to adequately respond to danger. Luckily, Nation Grid in Rhode Island has been on the ball. You can read more about Nation Grid’s reponse here. We applaud the workers at National Grid for being on top of the situation from the beginning. Welcome back to work, union brothers and sisters. We're glad you are here.Read More
Our Governor. Bought and paid for by Enbridge. Two years ago it was revealed that Gov. Baker had ties to Spectra lobbyists. This was uncovered by investigative journalist Itai Vardi. We’re sharing this story again because it’s still so relevant. Desmogblog - Revealed: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's Close Ties to Lobbyists For Spectra Energy, Whose Pipeline Projects He BacksRead More
It just keeps getting better. This compressor station is "out in a field." But that is not the worst of it. In weather that is colder than Antarctica, people in Michigan are being threatened with no heat due to an explosion at this compressor station. A major storage tank is beneath this compressor and cannot be accessed due to the explosion. We hold the affected people of Michigan in our thoughts. And ask the powers that be if they understand "circular" problems: methane gas emissions cause climate change, climate change caused the polar vortex, the polar vortex is causing the use of more methane, which is causing climate change....." You can read more about this story at The Voice.Read More
Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter that she will be stepping down from her role at FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). This leaves the commission with only one democrat, Commissioner Flick. No reason was given for her departure but we sense that it is not good news. Utility Dive has more on this story here.Read More
Um, listening? We've been talking for 4 years. We have had a private meeting with PHMSA. They not only told us how and why they could not/would not help, they sold us out to Algonquin by letting them (Algonquin/Spectra/Enbridge) know that they met with us. Then Algonquin used this information to lie to Coastal Zone Management that there had been a PUBLIC MEETING with local safety people. NOPE. Just 3 of us in a room with a Ms. Karen Gentile from PHSMA. All of us representing FRRACS.
Listening? Yeah, I'm sure all of us have plenty to say. Stay tuned, Campers. We'll be needing your help.Read More