All highway ramps and roads to Lawrence/Andover/Methuen are open again. Per state police, Sunday Sept 16. (Some roads to the area had been closed Thurs night to facilitate evacuation.)
Details: MA State Police on Twitter
You can sign the petition from 350 Mass for a Better Future to “demand that Governor Baker halt all new gas infrastructure projects.”
Protest is a legal ‘necessity’!
Judge Mary Ann Driscoll presided over the trial of 13 defendants on March 27, 2018 at WR Courthouse in Forest Hills. Their charges were reduced from criminal to civil infractions, and Judge Driscoll acquitted all of them on the basis of “climate necessity.” See video on the Climate Disobedience website. For background on the case, see this description of the 2016 Mass Grave Pipeline Action, which Tim DeChristopher called a “new challenge of combining grief with resistance.”
WBUR writes: “This week, a Boston judge made a potentially landmark ruling on using climate change for what’s known as a ‘legal necessity defense,’ in the case of the protesters of the West Roxbury gas pipeline.” Listen to the March 29, 2018 Radio Boston interview by Meghna Chakrabarti and Jamie Bologna with guests Nancy Gertner and Tim DeChristopher.
For over a year, the defendants’ day in court had been delayed repeatedly as they tried to get Spectra to cooperate in providing material for their defense. Spectra dug in its heels in every way possible and refused to produce its own emergency safety plan for the M&R or pipeline at the request of the mayor and police and fire commissioners.
Court case: Intervenors
As of Oct 2017, there is also a Petition for Review in the D.C. Circuit, on behalf of multiple intervenors under CP14-96.
The gas was turned on Jan 5, 2017
Check out the coverage from Wicked Local:
“INTERACTIVE: Follow controversy, pipe line route in West Roxbury” by Caitlyn Kelleher
The gas from the WRL is going (in part) to service new luxury developments in the Seaport. National Grid has announced plans to build intermediate pressure pipelines in the Back Bay. There are no longer ongoing WRL vigils in West Roxbury, but there are vigils on Wednesdays at noon for the Back Bay “Billionaires'” pipeline. That pipeline will feed luxury condos (beginning with One Dalton St.). National Grid is benefiting from the increased gas supply from the WRL and has a special pricing deal for the Back Bay pipeline. Learn more from Boston Clean Energy Coalition (Facebook page).
Want to resist?
Many people anxious to stop Spectra Energy’s outrageously dangerous project have decided that nonviolent civil disobedience is their next step. Find out more: resistthepipeline.org
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