April 29, 2016
Come to the Boston Statehouse May 3rd
Rally for a Renewable Future and No More Pipelines
Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Hearing: Commonwealth's Clean Energy Future
We need to stop all pipeline expansions. We must stop the pipeline tax. And we must get our legislators to support smart, renewable energy and climate legislation to reduce emissions and support clean, renewable energy!
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
11:30 Rally, Celebration & Pizza at the State House Steps
12:00 Training/Opportunities to Visit Legislative Offices
          and Push Hard on the Pipeline Tax
1:00 Global Warming Committee Hearing, State House Rm. 428

There are still some seats on the bus; it will be picking people up in
Cummington (7:20)
Greenfield (8:15)
Orange (9:00). 
Heading back from Boston at 5:15pm.

If you have not confirmed with Katy since Wednesday that you want to ride on the bus, please fill out this form and she'll get back to you,
If you are interested in carpooling (either to the bus or to Boston, either as a driver or passenger), please fill out this form: May 3rd Carpools
If you fill out a form, Katy will follow up by email.
See you at the Statehouse on May 3rd

Tariff, Article 97 rulings still in play

By RICHIE DAVIS, Greenfield Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 28, 2016

If you think NED is dead, you haven’t been reading the fine print.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s notice of its April 20 decision to indefinitely halt its $5 billion, 416-mile Northeast Energy Direct project clearly said it is suspending further work and expenditures on the pipeline, “as a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers and a determination that the project is uneconomic.”

Yet the company “is in the process of determining how best to proceed consistent with existing contracts” for capacity on the proposed pipeline, which as now configured would cross eight Franklin County towns on its path from Pennsylvania shale gas fields and Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, north of Lowell.

TGP parent Kinder Morgan in its official statements also said, “The New England states have not yet established regulatory procedures to facilitate binding (electric utilities’) commitments” and that with “the process in each state for establishing such procedures … open-ended … the ultimate success of those processes is not assured.”

What could be more open-ended than a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court challenge of a state Department of Public Utilities decision last October allowing electric utilities to sign long-term gas supply contracts with natural gas pipeline developers and provide for tariffs to be paid by their electric customers?

» Read the full article here

NED Natural gas pipeline project may not be dead

By Todd Feathers, Lowell Sun
April 29, 2016

DRACUT -- Opponents of Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct natural-gas pipeline felt a wave of relief and vindication after the company announced last week that it was suspending all work on the project.

For over a year, lawyers and activists who have pored over thousands of pages of Kinder Morgan's regulatory filings have argued that New England did not have the demand for the gas the company claimed it did. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan acknowledged that it had not secured enough contracts to warrant building the pipeline.

But the project is not dead.
"I think a lot of people need a bit of a break and a bit of a victory, but we've been trying to get out the word that while we celebrate the victory everyone needs to remain vigilant," said Katy Eiseman, president of the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast.
The question now is whether Kinder Morgan believes it can find other partners with a slightly different plan.

"They, being the developer, the investor, would not have pulled the plug unless they had a pretty good indication that they were not going to get approval from (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), at least as it is currently proposed," said Vincent DeVito, an energy attorney with the firm Bowditch & Dewey who has represented Northeast Energy Solutions in pipeline proceedings.

"There's still a lot of moving parts, it's still only been suspended," he added. "If they're reviewing under the same contracts and they want to propose a similar route on a smaller scale, they could do it under the same (FERC) docket" without starting the entire process over.

» Read the full article here

Eiseman: Pipeline battle isn’t over in Massachusetts

April 27, 2016

A wave of victory parties and impromptu parades has swept the region, celebrating the suspension of Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project.  What comes next?

This is not an end, but a beginning of the recognition of the power and potential of the broad-based network of engaged citizens, organizations and state and local officials that has formed over the past 26 months of concerted opposition to the pipeline.

There are several directions that the movement is taking.
Some people are shifting more attention to other gas pipeline and power plant projects in the state. Others seek to influence federal legislation to reform the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Many are also focusing on promoting clean energy solutions as a way to reduce demand for gas and other fossil fuels.

But for those who need a reason that hits closer to home to stay involved, here’s a sobering reality: Political pressure is necessary to ensure that we do not see what some are calling “zombie NED” – a return of the nightmare pipeline proposal. NED is still twitching and could be given life support by the Massachusetts Legislature.

Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Trainings from Sugar Shack Alliance

The NED pipeline may be "suspended" but Kinder Morgan has not withdrawn its application to FERC. And other folks in New England are fighting other pipelines. Not to mention fracking... and fossil fuels locally, regionally and globally.​

As you know, if you want to participate in a Sugar Shack sponsored large action that could involve arrests, you need to take the complete ​non-violent direct action training. If you have been in an affinity group and participated in a large action that could have involved arrest in the past 5 years, or if you completed part 1 but not part 2 of the training, you can come to the part 2 of one of the upcoming full day trainings. There may be folks in your affinity group in one of these 3 categories or you might be in one of these categories. 

Upcoming trainings:

May 7th, Winchester NH.
You MUST pre-register. Still a few spaces.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Winchester Town Hall, Winchester, NH

Donation requested for the instructor's time and gas to offer the training. 

- ECHO Action, forming the "Monadnock Affinity Group"
- Stop the NH Pipeline
- Winchester Pipeline Awareness

Training offered through the Sugar Shack Alliance. All are welcome, not just Monadnock area folks. Learn the basic principles of non-violence, what makes an action effective, who is the Sugar Shack alliance, how do I find an affinity group to join (what is an affinity group?) what do I need to consider if I am considering arrest, what if I want to participate and not risk arrest, how do I help de-escalate a confrontational situation, what is consensus decision-making and much more. Highly interactive. 

Training is free but Sugar Shack does ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers' time and gas. Usual donation is $5 - $20 per person.

* Limited registrations available. » Registration through Eventbrite required.

May 21, Friends Meeting House, Leverett MA.
You MUST pre-register.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
To register, please contact Carole Horowitz, horowitz.carole@gmail.com

Please tell her your name, town, e-mail, phone number, whether you are already in an affinity group and if so, which one, and whether you are registering for the entire day or just part 2. ​

This training is necessary for anyone considering participating in a Sugar Shack Alliance action that could involve arrest. If you have been a member of an affinity group in the past 5 years and participated in an action that could have involved arrest, you only need to attend the afternoon part of this training. Learn the basic principles of non-violence, what makes an action effective, who is the Sugar Shack alliance, how do I find an affinity group to join (what is an affinity group?) what do I need to consider if I am considering arrest, what if I want to participate and not risk arrest, how do I help de-escalate a confrontational situation, what is consensus decision-making and much more. Highly interactive. Checking "going" on the Facebook  event page will not register you.

Training is free but Sugar Shack does ask for donations to cover printed materials and some for trainers' time and gas. Usual donation is $5 - $20 per person.

West Roxbury hosts hundreds protesting AIM pipeline

By Jeff Sullivan, Bulletin Newspapers
April 27, 2016
It was damp and raining on Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop almost 300 residents from coming out to protest the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (WRLP).
“We don’t want it, we don’t need it, shut it down!” said West Roxbury resident Mary Boyle as she led the crowd in protest.
The protest took place days after the news that the Kinder Morgan Energy Direct project for a new natural gas pipeline, which was slated to run 188 miles from Albany, N.Y. to Dracut, has been shut down. The company stated that it could not secure commitments from the companies it needed to start the $3.3 billion project, but heavy opposition in local communities to the project demonstrated to WRLP opponents that stopping what they view as dangerous and necessary fossil fuel infrastructure can be done.
» Read the full article

New Report Shows ‘Natural Gas Increasingly Becoming an Unnecessary Bridge to Nowhere’

EcoWatch, April 28, 2016

Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, renewable sources (i.e., wind, solar, biomass and hydropower) outpaced—in fact, swamped—natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first three months of calendar year 2016.

“While often touted as being a ‘bridge fuel,’ natural gas is increasingly becoming an unnecessary bridge to nowhere,” noted Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign.

According to the latest just-released monthly Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, nine new “units” of wind provided 707 megawatts (MW), followed by 44 units of solar (522 MW), 9 units of biomass (33 MW) and 1 unit of hydropower (29 MW). By comparison, only two new units of natural gas (18 MW) came on line. There was no new capacity reported for the quarter from coal, oil, nuclear power or geothermal steam.

» Read the full article

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