June 7, 2016
Energy Bill to be taken up Wednesday - please comment!

Massachusetts is a national leader on clean energy,  but now we find ourselves at a crossroads: our state is poised to invest billions of dollars to replace retiring power plants with long-lived infrastructure that will shape our future.

Comprehensive energy policy is now advancing through the state legislature. Can you urge your elected officials to invest in clean energy like wind and solar, and to ban any public financing of fracked gas pipelines?

Tell Governor Baker and your state legislators you want Massachusetts to power forward with clean energy!

» Visit Clean Water Action's page to send your message

A chance to shape pipeline safety regulations
From Pipeline Safety Trust  - Deadline extended to July 7

For those not familiar with the Pipeline Safety Trust, they are a citizens' advocacy group dedicated to providing chances for the public to engage with regulators to bring about change. 

Attention Pipeline Safety Advocates - 

Comments are due on the PHMSA gas rule on July 7, 2016.  The deadline was extended from June 7, so if you were panicked about getting them out next week, you have a bit of breathing room.  The proposed rule, supporting documents and comments filed by others can be found on http://regulations.gov under Docket number PHMSA-2011-0023.  

We will be posting a number of resources for assisting you in preparing your comments, and you will be able to find all of it in the next few days on our web page devoted to informing the public about opportunities to participate in various pipeline safety proceedings: .  

We will be posting: 

• a set of talking points - essentially an outline of the comments we intend to file, and issues you may want to mention in your comments.  Our full comments will be posted a bit later, but before the comment deadline.  

• a short white paper we commissioned from Richard Kuprewicz of Accufacts, Inc. on Engineering Critical Assessments (ECAs), what they are, how they appear in the proposed rule, and circumstances in which their use should be carefully limited.  

• a short white paper we jointly commissioned with the Environmental Defense Fund from MJ Bradley and Associates on methane emissions from non-emergency blowdowns (like MAOP verifications, repairs and the like) and mitigation options, including a brief analysis of the cost effectiveness of the mitigation options.  

Please contact me if you have questions.  

Rebecca Craven
Program Director
Pipeline Safety Trust
300 N. Commercial Street
Bellingham WA 98225

MA Attorney General "Listening Sessions"
A chance to discuss Otis State Forest case and Article 97

The Office of Attorney General Maura Healey will be hosting listening sessions in Worcester and Springfield, devoted to hearing directly from residents. They want to hear from you about the environmental and energy issues.

This is a crucial time to talk to the AG's office about the Connecticut Expansion pipeline case where Berkshire Co. Court ruled in favor of Kinder Morgan being allowed to condemn the pipeline right of way through Otis State Forest and set a precedent on Ariticle 97 vs. eminent domain for pipelines across the state.

More info at http://tinyurl.com/OSFappeal
It’s best to register for the event of your choice by getting tickets on EventBrite, or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

Monday, June 13, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook
Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604

» FREE Tickets at EventBrite, or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
UMass Center at Springfield
Tower Square
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01115

» FREE Tickets at EventBrite, or RSVP to agocommunityengagement@state.ma.us

"Pipeline tax" still being pursued by gas-fired electric generation companies - Pittsfield hearing scheduled

National Grid and Eversource are still pressing on with their request to the MA DPU for permission to charge their electric ratepayers and extra tariff to cover their costs for pipeline capacity contracts, aka "The Pipeline Tax".

The Mass. DPU has scheduled a 3rd public comment hearing for Pittsfield concerning DPU docket no. 16-05, the proposed National Grid contract on Access Northeast and DPU docket no. 15-181, the proposed Eversource contract.

"The Department will conduct a third public hearing to receive comments on the Companies’ petition:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:00 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum
(Pittsfield’s Public Library)
One Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

#No Pipeline Tax Stand-Out Rally in front of the Athenaeum and around Park Square, from 4-4:30. Bring signs - but without poles (picket poles are against City of Pittsfield regulations). We'll have an open mic available for speakers like we did for the Berkshire Superior Court case rally.

• Check No Fracked Gas in Mass' Events page
for upcoming events, including crucial hearings and trainings!

• Visit No Fracked Gas in Mass' Latest News Blog for updates on pipeline fights around the region and across the country.

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Defeating the Pipelines!
Thanks to Your Help!

We'll still be here, fighting the CT Expansion pipeline and aiding other communities fighting AIM, Access Northeast, Constitution and others, and keeping an eye out for possible resurrection of NED or another restructured project. We'll also still be working with PLAN-NE, Mass Power Forward and other organizations to help ensure bold steps away from fossil fuel dependency continue and grow!

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