On Thursday, March 26, SWRL supporter Andrea Carlson spoke on Dan Rea’s “Nightside” radio show on WBZ 1030. The show ran from 8 p.m. to midnight. Andrea’s segment was on from 9-11 p.m., and many listeners called into the show. There was also a scheduled call from gas safety expert Mark McDonald. (He had been called away to respond to a major gas explosion in Manhattan, but otherwise would have appeared on the show.)
“We’ve got gas pipelines all throughout the city, but they’re much smaller,” Andrea explained. She said later: “I would like to see some real studies done to show whether there is (a) a legitimate need for the gas, and (b) what the real safety and health concerns are for the people and the city of Boston.”
If you missed the show, listen to the recording here.
Please come to a community meeting
organized by Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (SWRL)
Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Ohrenberger School (in the cafeteria), 175 West Boundary Rd., West Roxbury
Earlier this month, FERC approved the proposed AIM pipeline project. Without more intervention and pressure, Spectra Energy will break ground on their high-pressure natural gas pipeline — including the WRL pipeline, which will stretch from Westwood through Dedham into West Roxbury — any time now.
Come to this important community meeting to hear the latest reports on our “intervenor status” (which gives us some legal standing to fight back) and to brainstorm and discuss future plans and strategies.
Getting there: The school has a parking lot. You can take the #34 bus down Washington St and get off at the intersection with West Boundary Rd. The school is about a 5-minute walk along West Boundary Rd.
No one’s afraid of the snow! We look on the sunny side and make our voices heard.
Rally to Show Your Opposition to the Pipeline
Sponsored by Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (SWRL)
WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dedham Rotary at Providence Highway/Washington Street intersection
Bring signs and banners and loud chants.
Did You Know?
- Joyce Kilmer Elementary, Roxbury Latin, and Beethoven School are all in the “impact zone” of the pipeline if an explosion were to happen.
- There are approximately 200 residents at the German Center – also in the Impact Zone
Why Do We Need Your Help?
If we are not successful, we risk:
- A potentially deadly explosion caused by the blasting at the quarry, third-party damage, or acts of terrorism.
- Potential environmental impact and noise pollution.
- Loss of property values and/or loss of property due to eminent domain.
Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the labor union representing 23,000 of the state’s RNs, announced their support for the Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (SWRL) campaign. MNA’s Board of Directors also voted to assist SWRL, the local West Roxbury grassroots community organization active in opposing the pipeline. The nursing union has donated resources valuing $1,000 from its print shop, along with other services and assistance to the campaign.
David Schildmeier, Director of Public Communications at Massachusetts Nurses Association stated:
As an organization of frontline nurses who work every day to ensure optimum public health and public safety, we offer our strong support to the campaign opposing the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline as we believe this project presents an undue risk for a tragic accident impacting the communities surrounding the pipeline. Our organization also has longstanding concerns about the use of and reliance on fracked gas to be delivered through this pipeline given the significant environmental damage caused by fracked gas.
SWRL’s steering committee expressed wholehearted gratitude to the MNA for its help in protecting the health and safety of all the affected communities.