Public hearing in Boston – Thurs Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – City Hall, Room 801
National Grid’s public hearing about approval for construction of Back Bay/South End Pipeline will be held by City of Boston’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC), which is part of City of Boston Public Works Department. There may be a chance for public comment. Let’s pack the room! Note: We previously heard it would be in Room 714. This seems to have changed. Please check when you arrive at City Hall.
Washington, D.C. – Court case: Boston v. FERC – Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.
The Washington, D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the City of Boston case to overturn Judge Young’s eminent domain ruling in favor of Spectra/Enbridge regarding the WRL Metering and Regulation station in West Roxbury. This includes the appeal from the Town of Dedham and a coalition of environmental groups and abutters. Both appeals were filed Feb. 2016.
A little history: We learned back on Feb. 3, 2016 that Boston would appeal the pipeline in federal court. In this endeavor, we appreciated the support from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch for their commitment to our heath and security.
- “Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline,” WBUR, Feb, 4, 2016.
- “Mayor Walsh says he’ll appeal construction of West Roxbury pipeline in federal court,” by Meagan McGinnes, Boston.com, Feb. 4, 2016.
- “Mayor Walsh to fight West Roxbury pipeline in federal court,” by Dan Adams, Boston Globe, Feb. 3, 2016.
Court case: Intervenors
Court case: Civil disobedience
Fifteen defendants remain in court for civil disobedience. They have had numerous court dates for over a year as they try to get Spectra to cooperate in providing material for their defense. Spectra has dug in its heels in every way possible! Spectra will not even produce its own emergency safety plan for the M&R or pipeline at the request of the mayor and police and fire commissioners.
Phone calls needed! Talk to Mayor Walsh
Our city councillors voted to approve Community Choice Energy for the city. This would increase the percentage of renewable energy used by city residents. The resolution now goes to the mayor. Please call Mayor Walsh and urge him to support CCE! More info: Boston Climate Action Network
Your presence needed! Talk to Gov. Baker
Mass Power Forward wants you to sign up to come to Gov. Baker’s office to persuade him of the need to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth. Each slot runs from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.
Please come to the vigils across from the quarry (corner of Centre and Grove Sts in West Roxbury:
- Monday nights 6:30-7:00 pm
- Wednesday mornings 8:00-9:00 am
The Mon night vigil remains active as of October 2017.
The Wed morning vigil, formerly a “daily” while construction was active, morphed into a “weekly” on Dec 21, 2016, and will likely discontinue in Oct. 2017.
The gas was turned on Thurs, Jan 5
Check out this great coverage from Wicked Local published Jan. 10, 2017:
“INTERACTIVE: Follow controversy, pipe line route in West Roxbury” by Caitlyn Kelleher
We now believe that 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?
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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