In 2020, Columbia Gas was found to be at fault for devastating explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley that occurred in 2018. The legal settlement required them to leave Massachusetts entirely, and Eversource Energy made a deal to buy all of Columbia Gas’ assets when they left.
Immediately after Eversource acquired those assets, representatives of the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition delivered a petition and letter to Eversource, asking them not to continue Columbia Gas’ plans for a methane gas pipeline in Western Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Eversource did not respect the wishes of SCJC and all of those who signed the petition.
Help us stop the construction of this pipeline!
After three years of active resistance to the proposed Tennessee Gas Meter Station & Columbia Gas (now Eversource) high-pressure pipeline, Eversource has informed the Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group that they intend to construct a 200 psi pipeline main that will run along heavily-trafficked Longmeadow and Springfield streets through Forest Park and Environmental Justice neighborhoods into downtown Springfield.
We are asking MA residents & organizations to sign this new letter petition by October 15.
We are still collecting signatures on our letter/petition addressed to Bill Akley, President of Gas Operations, Eversource. As people who live and work in Springfield and surrounding areas, we demand that Eversource withdraw this unnecessary project and invest instead in a just transition to clean, renewable energy.
As this fight unfolds, we will continue to post action alerts and updates here