July 21, 2020

Weymouth Week of Action

(Our apologies for getting this newsletter out a day late. Please consider taking the Monday action on Tuesday as well - it's not too late and still counts!)

Check out FRRACS great set of instructions on ways you can help fight the compressor station currently under construction in Weymouth.

- Monday — Urge AG Maura Healey to Say “No” to the Compressor Tax
- Tuesday — Demand that MassDOT perform a Risk Assessment
- Wednesday — Submit Letters in Support of Environmental Justice Bills
- Thursday — Register for the Upcoming PIP Meeting
- Friday — Friday Night Vigil

» See the full Week of Action details here

» Follow FRRACS on Facebook and Twitter to help amplify these actions!


— BDC Presents: Health Effects from Gas Stoves
We spend up to 90% of our time in buildings, breathing air that is very likely more polluted than outdoor air. Decades of research shows that gas stoves can expose people to high levels of pollutants inside the home, posing health risks. In May, Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, and Sierra Club published a report (Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution) summarizing peer-reviewed research from the last twenty years into eight key findings. The report was featured in more than 150 original articles and reprinted stories, including high-profile coverage in The Guardian, POLITICO, Vox, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones.

Join lead authors Brady Seals and Andee Krasner to discuss the findings of the study, highlights of action being taken to protect public health from gas stove pollution, and recommendations for policymakers, healthcare organizations, individuals, and researchers.

» Register here


— Virtual Meeting To Discuss Contamination Issues at Compressor Site
This meeting will be held by TRC, the environmental consultant for Enbridge. TRC has been leading the “cleanup” process for known contamination at the North Parcel. This process is also referred to as the “PIP” (Public Involvement Plan). This is a follow-up meeting to previous public meetings held by TRC.

We will post more information soon, including a the link to the meeting. We’d like to have as many people as possible in attendance. Please RSVP from Facebook event page to let us know if you can make it. Thank you!

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

Ashland Select Board requests AG’s aid
in Eversource pipeline fight

By Cesareo Contreras, Metrowest Daily News
July 20, 2020

ASHLAND — The Select Board has sent a letter to Attorney General Maura Healey requesting that she supports the town’s efforts in opposing Eversource Energy’s plan to replace a 3.7-mile gas transfer line that runs through town.

The letter, which was sent late last week and written by board Chair Yolanda Greaves, comes a month after Healey issued a petition calling on the Department of Public Utilities to investigate how its practices and policies affect the state’s clean energy goals.

“In order to combat the climate crisis and meet our clean energy goals, we must transition away from fossil fuels and change the way gas utilities do business in our state,” Healey said in a statement last month. “We want the DPU to take a close look at the future of the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and make the policy and structural changes we need to ensure a clean energy future that is safe, reliable and fair.”

In Ashland and Hopkinton, Eversource is looking to decommission a 6-inch-wide, 3.7-mile underground gas line that passes through both towns and replace it with new 12-inch-wide piping. In Ashland, the gas line runs for 2.5 miles, cutting through more 80 house lots, wetlands, the Chestnut Street Apartments and the conservation-restricted Great Bend Farm Trust.

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