LISTEN: “Aging Gas Pipelines: The Dangers Of Outdated Infrastructure Around The U.S.” Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti. Guests: Gregory Korte, Kiera Blessing, Cynthia Quarterman, Christina Sames.
Oct 11 – pipeline explosion in British Columbia
A 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge exploded on Oct 11 in rural land north of Prince George, British Columbia. 100 people from the nearby Lheidli T’enneh First Nation had to evacuate, according to Enbridge. Source: Ecowatch
Thurs Sept 13 – explosions in Lawrence/Andover area, north of Boston
Did you hear? The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came to Mass DPU in August to conclude their evaluation of Massachusetts’ safety program. The federal report noted that the state had only three inspectors on staff (and only two of those inspectors were actually available); after that report, the state quickly hired five more. The target number is ten inspectors. There are 20,000 miles of natural gas pipelines underground in Massachusetts.
“Feds Warned Mass. Had Too Few Inspectors in Weeks Before Merrimack Valley Blasts,” by Ally Donnelly, NECN, Sept. 21, 2018.
You can sign the petition from 350 Mass for a Better Future to “demand that Governor Baker halt all new gas infrastructure projects.”
You can donate to the “Clean Cooking Now” fundraiser on GoFundMe, started by Nathan Phillips. “Cheap & fast electric induction cooktops cost $30-$50 and will provide immediate relief for families” who may not have gas service restored for a couple months.
Do you have video of the fires, the aftermath, or related discussions with utility reps and local pols? Please email kori [dot] feener [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re willing to contribute this video for a documentary about activism around gas infrastructure.
The West Roxbury Lateral pipeline is active: 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.
Want to resist?
Protests specifically surrounding the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in West Roxbury have generally come to a close.
Instead, we encourage you to attend 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).
Anti-pipeline groups need the gift of your time, expertise, and passion to help us build a safer, cleaner future together. We can’t win this struggle without help from most of you!
For more information on nonviolent civil disobedience regarding gas pipelines, see Resist the Pipeline: resistthepipeline.org
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