May 5, 2016
 
 
 
 
Action Alert - Sign TODAY! 
Tell your reps to oppose the pipeline tax


Our intel is that the Omnibus Energy bill will come out next week and that as of right now it has bad language supporting a pipeline tax.

Please take action right now and forward it to your friends:
http://tinyurl.com/nopipelinetax


Please tell your Representative to vote against a pipeline tax. We are drawing a line - no matter what else is in the bill - if there is a pipeline tax - we don't want it.

Several representatives have submitted a letter against the pipeline tax among other things - so if you call them, you can thank them, but let them know that no matter what, you want them to vote against a pipeline tax! (The online action form takes your Rep.'s position into account and send a thank you if they've come out against the tax).

It's possible that a vote could be called 12 hrs after the bill comes out. There may almost no time. We believe that no bill is worth voting for if it has a pipeline tax in it. How can off-shore wind and solar thrive when we would create such a massive subsidy for fossil fuels?


This is the type of incentive that could bring NED back from the dead in a new form. Please take action through the link below, and then call and say the same.

»  http://tinyurl.com/nopipelinetax

We must draw this line now, before the bill comes out and is called to vote very rapidly.
Thank you!

» FAQ on Omnibus Energy Bill
» Read House Letter on Omnibus Energy Bill

Baker, Healey face off over pipeline tax

By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe Staff  May 05, 2016

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office normally would be defending Governor Charlie Baker’s state agencies in a court battle — but not this time.

Instead, when the state Supreme Judicial Court hears arguments about the Baker administration’s proposed pipeline tariff on Thursday, a lawyer from Healey’s office will be opposing the administration, not supporting it.

The issue involves an unusual tariff that the Department of Public Utilities could allow utility companies — namely Eversource Energy and National Grid — to impose on electric ratepayers to help pay for natural gas pipeline construction. The DPU approved the rules last fall to address the region’s pipeline constraints.

The proponents argue that the cost of new or expanded pipelines would be more than offset by cheaper gas as more flows into the region.

Healey isn’t buying it, though. Her office has filed a friend-of-the-court brief siding with the Conservation Law Foundation’s challenge of the surcharge and one of her staff lawyers is expected to make a brief argument before the state’s highest court on Thursday.


May 3rd Boston Rally and MA State Senate Hearing well attended!

Groups and citizens from across the state attended a rally at the state house steps before filling the hearing room (and then some) at the MA State Senate Committee on Climate Change hearing on pipelines and our energy future.


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

LOCATION
Winchester Town Hall, Winchester, NH

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

SPONSORS
- 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.

Further trainings are being considered. Please contact Cate Woolner if you're interested, so they can plan locations accordingly.

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Visit No Fracked Gas in Mass' Events Page for many, many more.


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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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