June 27, 2016
Action Alert #1:
Chime in on MA Senate Energy Bill TODAY

The MA Senate Energy Bill is out and soon to be up for debate. Just like the House version, we have a short window for influencing the items in this bill and any of the needed amendments. See this great action plan from our friends at Clean Water Action and make sure to make your calls & use the email action alert today! If you think of more thoughts later that's ok too. We have until Wednesday to get heard on this.

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The Senate will debate its energy bill Thursday! Below and attached are a template action alert/phone call script you could use for contacting Senators. When amendment numbers become clear, I'll send a note to point directly to them. (If you want to see the automated email action alert Clean Water is using, it's here: bit.ly/MASenateEnergy - feel free to borrow or edit the form email).

SUBJECT:  ACTION ALERT: Call your State Senator!
The Senate will soon take up the energy omnibus bill, S2372, strong legislation that supports many of our priorities. However, we can go further by banning the pipeline tax, restoring gas leaks reforms, and supporting solar power.
Please call your Senator to say:

My name is _________ and I’m a constituent. 
I’m calling as a member of _____________. (if you're a member of a group)
I know you’ll be debating comprehensive energy legislation that recently passed the House. I urge you to advance these priorities:
Ban the pipeline tax. – Sen. Jehlen AMENDMENT
Consumers should not be forced to pay for gas pipelines we don’t need. Please prohibit electric companies from charging us for gas pipelines.
Build on our gas leaks laws. Support Sen. Eldridge AMENDMENT
I am asking you to restore and strengthen the gas leaks repair policies included in the House Bill by adding worker safety provisions. Please support amendments by Senator Eldridge to fix gas leaks.
 Thank you for protecting our environment, gas workers and first responders.
Support Solar
Please ensure all communities have access to solar energy by supporting amendments to bolster low-income and community solar.
Hold firm on offshore wind and the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
I support the Senate’s plan to for at least 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy and to accelerate the “RPS.” These policies support local clean energy and good jobs.

Thank you for your support.
Find your Senator at https://malegislature.gov/People/Search or wheredoivotema.com
Thank you for picking up the phone and making this call now.  
Action Alert #1:
Contact your Congressional Senators about the AIM pipeline

TODAY! Join us and our strong group of allies in a quad-state effort to tell the Federal Senators to hold a press conference demanding FERC issues a "Stay To Stop All Work on the Spectra AIM Pipeline" Our Lives Are On The Line!

Paddle for a Purpose a lovely success
This action to bring attention to the plight of Spectacle Pond drew 37 "kayaktivists" (atually a mix of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, a paddle boat, inner tubes and some swimmers), to take to the waters. Special thanks to Tracy Remelius for dreaming this action and making it a reality.

Over a million gallons from Spectacle Pond would be drawn for hydrostatic testing of the new CT Expansion pipeline if it becomes a reality. The water would be returned to the pond by release on the uplands to "recharge the groundwater". We still have not heard from Kinder Morgan / TGP what chemicals are in the epoxy and other possible coatings for the pipeline, leaving the question of what will be in the water when it's returned.

Please send contact David Cameron at the Massachusetts DEP and let him know that we have concerns about issuing a 401 Water Quality Certificate for the CT Expansion pipeline ( FERC Docket #CP14-529 ) because of questions over the pipeline lining and whether or not they have right location and rate of release of water back to the ground water.

David Cameron, Wetlands Section Chief
Western Regional Office
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
436 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01103
413-755-2138  (his direct line)

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