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ACTION ALERT
TO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES: Western Mass wants our voices heard!

We call upon the Mass Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to hold a public hearing in Northampton so that residents of Western Mass can voice our opposition to the Columbia Gas Pipeline Expansion.

Please call the DPU Hearing Officers who are presiding over the relevant cases:

Stephen Bright 617-305-3731 (direct line)

David Biele 617-305-3500 ( main DPU number) Ask for David Biele

Here is a call script :

I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Numbers 17-166 and 17-172. I would also like the DPU to take comments on 17-145 at that hearing, pertaining to the Berkshire Gas proposed contracts.
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02/21/18

MONDAY ACTION from Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley
Monday Action: Gov Baker, P is for Public

Your Monday Action for the week of February 19th is to ask Governor Baker how his administration is planning to get us off fossil fuels.

Just do one simple thing. Make this call. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s pleasing and effective to start your week this way. Thanks for speaking up.

YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Call Governor Baker
Call: (617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770 (in state)
Email: email form
Letter: Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Sample text:

I am urgently concerned about climate change and the children I love look to me to leave them a livable climate. I expect the Department of PUBLIC Utilities (DPU) to work for me and my family by meeting its obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities Act to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Your DPU needs to serve the public by facing the reality of climate change squarely and seriously evaluate the impacts and alternatives whenever new gas infrastructure is contemplated. There are cost-effective ways to reduce and manage energy demand including deep energy retrofits of buildings, conservation, and conversion to electric and renewable energy sources.

Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.

YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front (and I VOTE)

You did your Monday Action, well done!

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.

Want to do even more? Help bring DPU to Northampton to listen to the people who will be affected by the Columbia Gas Plan and Berkshire Gas contracts. Our legislators have asked, but no hearing is scheduled yet. Call the Hearing Officers:

1. David Biele at (617)305-3653: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-172 and on Berkshire Gas’ proposed contracts, in Docket Number 17-145.
2. Stephen Bright at (617)305-3731: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-166.

You can still add your name to the comment to DPU from MOF supporters.
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Please join us for a talk on “Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future“

Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant St., Amherst

https://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com/2018/02/…
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02/19/18

MONDAY ACTION from Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley
Monday Action: Gov Baker, P is for Public

Your Monday Action for the week of February 19th is to ask Governor Baker how his administration is planning to get us off fossil fuels.

Just do one simple thing. Make this call. Then make it a habit and do it with friends. It’s pleasing and effective to start your week this way. Thanks for speaking up.

YOUR MONDAY ACTION:
Call Governor Baker
Call:  (617) 725-4005 or (888) 870-7770 (in state)
Email:  email form
Letter: Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor, Room 280, Boston, MA 02133

Sample text:

I am urgently concerned about climate change and the children I love look to me to leave them a livable climate. I expect the Department of PUBLIC Utilities (DPU) to work for me and my family by meeting its obligations under the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities Act to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. 

Your DPU needs to serve the public by facing the reality of climate change squarely and seriously evaluate the impacts and alternatives whenever new gas infrastructure is contemplated. There are cost-effective ways to reduce and manage energy demand including deep energy retrofits of buildings, conservation, and conversion to electric and renewable energy sources.

Future generations very urgently depend on you to lead on climate issues.

YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front (and I VOTE)

You did your Monday Action, well done!

Thanks for checking in each week and doing what you can to leave a healthy climate for the coming generations.
You are our inspiration.

Want to do even more? Help bring DPU to Northampton to listen to the people who will be affected by the Columbia Gas Plan and Berkshire Gas contracts. Our legislators have asked, but no hearing is scheduled yet. Call the Hearing Officers:

1. David Biele at (617)305-3653: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-172 and on Berkshire Gas’ proposed contracts, in Docket Number 17-145.
2. Stephen Bright at (617)305-3731: I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Number 17-166.

You can still add your name to the comment to DPU from MOF supporters.
----------------------------

Please join us for a talk on “Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: The Landscape of the Future“

Tuesday, February 20th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N Pleasant St., Amherst

https://mothersoutfront.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/monday-action-gov-baker-p-is-for-public/

ACTION ALERT. There is a plan to expand gas pipelines in Western Massachusetts yet no public hearings are scheduled for our area.

Please take a minute to call and ask that there be a Northampton public hearing on the Columbia Gas Plan. See below for more info and call script.

Please call the Department of Public Utilities Hearing Officers who are presiding over the relevant cases:

David Biele at (617)305-3500 and

Stephen Bright at (617)305-3731

Here is a call script with all of the relevant information:

I am calling to request that a public comment hearing be held in Northampton on the Columbia Gas expansion plans, which includes Docket Numbers 17-166 and 17-172. I'd also like the DPU to take comment on 17-145 at that hearing, pertaining to Berkshire Gas' proposed contracts.
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02/19/18

GAS PIPELINE OPPONENTS URGE BAKER TO "BREAK UP" WITH INDUSTRY

http://statehousenews.com//…

By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2018....Clean energy advocates on Wednesday delivered a Valentine's Day message to Gov. Charlie Baker, handing one of his aides a bouquet of roses and a stack of red construction-paper hearts with the handwritten message, "Break up with gas pipelines."

Addressing the group gathered outside Baker's office, Cathy Kristofferson of Ashby said the governor has not ruled out natural gas as part of the state's energy mix, and called on him to do so.

Advocates unfurled a banner outside Gov. Charlie Baker's office Wednesday calling on Baker to "break up with gas pipelines."

"We need the state agencies to hold these gas companies accountable for what we need for emissions reductions and all that, so we would like to have them actually now take gas off the table, break up with gas pipelines and bring on the solar, and the wind and the storage," she said.

Natural gas plays a key role in the the state's energy mix, and a business coalition is urging the state to increase access to natural gas to help ward off potential reliability issues and to serve as a bridge to the gradual transition to renewable energy sources. In 2016, Massachusetts generated 66 percent of its electricity from natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The demonstration came two days after a Senate committee endorsed an omnibus clean energy bill that would ban new natural gas infrastructure, set new targets for emission reductions and use the market to curb fossil fuel use.

Among other measures, the 71-page bill includes language setting it as the state's goal to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035 and 100 percent of all energy -- including for transportation, heating and agricultural uses -- from renewable sources by 2050.

Mass Power Forward, a coalition that held Wednesday's lobby day, said the Senate bill includes several of its priorities, including "accelerating the Renewable Portfolio Standard, solar for all, pushing back on gas pipelines and combating climate change."

The coalition also backs a bill filed by Reps. Michelle DuBois and RoseLee Vincent (H 2913) that aims "to promote environmental justice, eliminate disparities with respect to exposure to environmental toxins" and ensure access to environmental benefits, according to the bill text.

Alice Arena of the group Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station said the bill would "put teeth" in current policies around environmental justice. Arena's group opposes a proposed natural gas compressor station in North Weymouth for reasons including potential exposure to toxic pollutants.

"Bad health, that's what we need to tell you," Arena, a Weymouth resident, said. "We need to tell you stories about the sickness in the [Fore River] basin that have been caused not just by historical pollution like the shipyard or the Edgar coal-fired plant that we still have residual problems from, but the idea that you can put another polluting industry in the basin."

[Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]
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02/16/18

Residents of Springfield!
This is where we are need to head. The more we know (and advocate) the quicker we will go!  Next Tuesday Feb 20 in Amherst.
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