Natural gas and other fossil fuels affect our health, safety, environment and economy and the collective impact travels beyond the immediate path of any pipeline. Therefore, people who oppose the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline and other natural gas pipelines in the Northeast may be interested in participating in a variety of activities. Some of the events on this page may be organized by other groups. Please contact these organizations for further information. SWRL does not always have full knowledge of these activities and does not necessarily sponsor or endorse all events.
2018 – Upcoming
Mon, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. – “Pipeline Safety in the Merrimack Valley: Incident Prevention and Response.” U.S. Senate hearing held in South Lawrence. The public may attend, but public testimony will not be accepted. The hearing will be livecast online by the Senate Commerce Committee. More info: MassLive
2018 – Past
Tues, Oct 30, 11 a.m. – A hearing on gas safety infrastructure in Boston City Hall. The public can attend. Please come. It will also be broadcast live on Comcast 8/RCN 82/Verizon 1964. More info
Mon, Oct. 29 – Youth plaintiffs will confront the federal government in open court (Juliana v. United States). They will demand a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan––a plan that would end the reign of fossil fuels and lead to swift decarbonization. Rallies will be held that day at federal courthouses across the country. RSVP for the rally at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston.
Mon, Oct 1 – 7 pm – Gubernatorial Candidates Environmental Town Hall. First Church, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain. Jay Gonzalez has confirmed that he will attend. More info: Jamaica Plain Forum. – Eventbrite signup – Facebook event
Fri June 8 – 9:30 a.m., Copley Square, Boston – Info and RSVP on Facebook
Sat Apr 21 – Rally to Resist the Back Bay “Billionaire’s” Pipeline. 2:30 pm at the corner of Belvedere St and Huntington Ave. Organized by Resist the Pipeline and Stop Back Bay Pipeline. Facebook event
2017 – Past
The recurring vigils ended in late 2017. They were held during rush hour across from the quarry (corner of Centre and Grove Sts in West Roxbury). A morning vigil was held daily while construction was active in 2016 and then reduced to Wednesdays only in 2017. There was also a Monday night vigil.
Oct 19 – National Grid’s public hearing about approval for construction of Back Bay/South End Pipeline will be held by the City of Boston’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC), which is part of the City of Boston Public Works Department. There may be a chance for public comment. 10 am at Boston City Hall.
Aug 11-13 – 10th annual Boston GreenFest
Sat Aug 12, 12:00 – 1:45 pm, “Strategies Going Forward” sponsored by the Mass. Sierra Club. “How do we move towards a clean renewable energy economy while adequately addressing the needs of diverse constituencies?” Free.
Feb 28 – Information safety meeting with PHMSA. Details on the WRSE blog, Jan. 29 and March 3, 2017 entries.
Jan 9 – A special “emergency” vigil from 8-9 am at 10 Grove Street (corner of Centre St), West Roxbury, MA. According to the best information we had received by the previous day, National Grid planned to accept gas from the West Roxbury Lateral into their Boston delivery system that Monday. (We subsequently learned that the gas had been turned on the previous Thursday, Jan 5.)
2016 Events (PDF)
2015 Events (PDF)