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“Aging Gas Pipelines: The Dangers Of Outdated Infrastructure Around The U.S.” (47 minutes) Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti. Guests: Gregory Korte, Kiera Blessing, Cynthia Quarterman, Christina Sames. “On Point” episode. WBUR. Nov. 15, 2018.

“Sometimes Fighting Climate Change Means Breaking the Law,” by Carolyn Kormann, New Yorker, April 3, 2018.

“Pipeline protestor continues fight,” Jesse Collings, West Roxbury Transcript, March 22, 2018.

“‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer,” by Justin Nobel, Rolling Stone, March 13, 2018.

“Utilities withdraw plan for $3 billion natural gas pipeline expansion,” by Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe, June 29, 2017.

“Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition,” by Michael P. Norton, State House News Service, The Berkshire Eagle, June 28, 2017.

“Weymouth compressor station foe spends her lunch break sitting in at State House,” by Jessica Trufant, The Patriot Ledger, March 17, 2017.

“As Trump Reboots Pipeline Expansion, An Unexpected Delay Emerges,” by Marie Cusick, NPR, Jan. 28, 2017.

“INTERACTIVE: Follow controversy, pipe line route in West Roxbury,” by Caitlyn Kelleher, Wicked Local, Jan. 10, 2017.

“National Grid: West Roxbury gas metering and regulating station is operational,” by Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local, Jan. 10, 2017.

“Spectra responds to health concerns about West Roxbury Lateral pipeline,” Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local, Dec. 9, 2016.

“West Roxbury pipeline to open, despite protests,” by Michael Levenson, Boston Globe, Dec. 1, 2016.

“Pipeline protesters glad Mayor Walsh came to West Roxbury vigil,” by Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local, Nov. 29, 2016.

“Energy Solutions & Fights,” WGBH radio, by Adam Reilly, Dec. 14, 2016.

“Medical group targets health concerns of West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline,” by Julie M. Cohen, Wicked Local Roslindale, Dec. 7, 2015.

“West Roxbury pipeline to open, despite protests,” by Michael Levenson, Boston Globe, Dec. 1, 2016.

“West Roxbury Pipeline Operations Slated to Start Despite ‘Significant Public Safety Concerns,'” by Alison Bauter, Patch, Dec. 1, 2016.

“Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?” by Evelyn Nieves. The Nation. Nov. 25, 2016.

”West Roxbury Pipeline Protester Injured at Standing Rock,” by Alison Bauter,, Nov. 22, 2016.

“Karenna Gore and fellow protesters go to pretrial for pipeline protest,” by Jeff Sullivan, West Roxbury Bulletin, Aug. 3, 2016.

“Al Gore’s daughter due in court after June pipeline protest,” Associated Press, Boston Globe, July 25, 2016.

“Why I was arrested in West Roxbury,” by Karenna Gore, Boston Globe, July 24, 2016.

“Vice President Gore’s daughter speaks out after West Roxbury gas pipeline arrest,” by Julie M. Cohen, Roslindale Transcript, July 6, 2016.

“Repairing gas leaks with the help of a robot,” by David Abel, Boston Globe, May 29, 2016.

“Clergy arrested at West Roxbury pipeline protest,” by Adam Gaffin, Universal Hub, May 25, 2016.

“16 clergy members arrested at West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline protest,” by Julie M. Cohen, Metrowest Daily News, May 25, 2016.

“Three arrested at West Roxbury pipeline site,” by adamg, Universal Hub, April 29, 2016.

“How Will Future Energy Needs Be Met, Now That Kinder Morgan Pipeline Has Gone Belly Up?” Rupa Shenoy. WGBH. April 27, 2016.

“Protesters vow to stand with Mary Boyle of West Roxbury to keep her from being incinerated,” by adamg, Universal Hub, April 23, 2016.

“Baker sounds off on energy, the MBTA, and the search for new SJC justices,” by Jon Chesto, Boston Globe, Feb. 25, 2016.

“Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline,” by the WBUR Newsroom, Feb. 4, 2016.

“Mayor Walsh says he’ll appeal construction of West Roxbury pipeline in federal court,” by Meagan McGinnes,, Feb. 4, 2016.

“Mayor Walsh to fight West Roxbury pipeline in federal court,” by Dan Adams, Boston Globe, Feb. 3, 2016.

“Activists keen to keep momentum on climate change, post-Paris,” by Carolyn Beeler, PRI’s The World, Feb. 2, 2016. (Quoting local activists Nancy Wilson and Chuck Collins)

“Time for FERC to pipe down,” by Maya K. van Rossum, The Hill, Jan. 26, 2016.

“Construction of gas pipeline started in West Roxbury despite protests,” by Pranav Temburnikar, Oct. 20, 2015.

“West Roxbury residents object to gas pipeline project,” by Jacqueline Tempera, Boston Globe, Sept. 27, 2015.

“Judge grants request for West Roxbury land for Spectra pipeline,” by Max Bowen, West Roxbury Transcript, Sept. 10, 2015.

“Algonquin Wins AIM Project Eminent Domain Case in Massachusetts,” by David Bradley, Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI), Sept. 10, 2015.

“Boston loses lawsuit over West Roxbury pipeline,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, Sept. 10, 2015.

“Judge abruptly halts hearing on gas pipeline in W. Roxbury,” by Jordan Graham, Boston Herald, Sept. 9, 2015.

“Dedham Selectmen vote to hire lawyer for pipeline process,” by Caitlyn McGoff, Dedham Transcript, Aug. 25, 2015.

“Report disputes need for more gas pipelines,” Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe, Aug. 24, 2015.

“Dedham and Goliath: The war against big energy is raging on the southern edge of Boston,” by Nick Moorhead, Dig Boston, July 22, 2015.

“Dedham TV to host a panel discussion on the Algonquin pipeline,” Dedham Transcript, July 12, 2015.

“Emerging Reality of Gas Infrastructure: Destination Export,” Craig Altemose, Huffington Post, July 10, 2015.

“Pipeline company sues Boston over West Roxbury gas line,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, July 2, 2015.

“Judge Approves Hearing in Dedham’s Injunction Against Pipeline Project,” by Frank O’Laughlin, Dedham Patch, June 23, 2015.

“Dedham Selectman Jailed For Protesting Gas Pipeline,” by Christina Hager, WBZ-TV, June 18, 2015.

“Dedham sues energy regulator over pipeline,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, June 18, 2015.

“Dedham Selectman Mike Butler Plans to Get Arrested Over West Roxbury Pipeline,” by Chris Sweeney, Boston Daily, June 17, 2015.

“Dedham Selectmen file for injunction against Algonquin,” by Max Bowen, Dedham Transcript, June 17, 2015.

“Work on Spectra pipeline begins in Dedham and Westwood,” by Max Bowen, Julie Cohen, and Caitlyn McGoff, Dedham Transcript, June 16, 2015.

“Don’t cap net metering on solar users,” by David A. Colton (opinion), Boston Globe, June 5, 2015.

“Bill: No pipeline tax, fees for taxpayers: Project may send excess LNG abroad,” by Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald, June 3, 2015.

“Controversial New England gas pipeline proposal scaled back,” Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Globe, June 3, 2015.

“Dedham officials vow to battle Spectra Energy project,” by Max Bowen, Dedham Transcript, June 2, 2015.

“We’re not facing an energy crisis in New England: Region does face tough choices on power,” Peter Shattuck, Jamie Howland, and Varun Kumar, CommonWealth, June 1, 2015.

“The USA Department of Energy authorizes Pieridae Energy (USA) Ltd. to export American natural gas,” CNW, May 26, 2015.

“What’s causing Texas earthquakes? Fracking ‘most likely,’ report says,” by Chris Lett and Jason Morris, CNN, May 9, 2015.

“Denmark suspends fracking over ‘hazardous’ chemicals,” Reuters/Charles Platiau, May 6, 2015.

“NYS urged to apply fracking health standards to growing gas pipeline networks,” by Brian Nearing, Times Union (New York), April 27, 2015.

“Councilors willing to sue to keep high-pressure natural-gas facility away from city’s only active quarry,” by ‘adamg,’ Universal Hub, April 29, 2015.

“Gas Pipeline Project Being Pushed from Both Sides,” by Tim Faulkner, ecoRI News, April 13, 2015.

“Column: U.S. Rep. Lynch details gas pipeline fight,” by U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, special to the West Roxbury Transcript, Apr. 9, 2015.

“Marty Walsh, Stephen Lynch want feds to nix local pipeline OK,” by Jordan Graham, The Boston Herald, April 3, 2015.

“Politicians, activists demand federal regulators revoke pipeline approval,” by Jack Newsham, The Boston Globe, April 2, 2015.

Gas pipeline project proceeds: Despite neighbors’ concerns, National Grid plans to start work later this month.” George Brennan. Cape Cod Times. April 2, 2015.

“Fracking Operators Ran Up 2.5 Violations a Day, Study Shows,” by Mark Drajem, BloombergBusiness, April 2, 2015.

Why on Earth Did the Feds Approve a High-Pressure Gas Pipeline Near a Nuke Plant?” by Alison Rose Levy. AlterNet. March 27, 2015.

“A 2015 NTSB safety report detailed 119 “incidents” in gas transmission pipelines last year. The report also noted a mounting frequency of these incidents in what it called areas of “high consequence.” The NSTB found that “inadequate evaluation of interactive threats” leads pipeline operators to “underestimate the true magnitude of risks to a pipeline.”

“Don’t fall in love with natural gas: A nonrenewable energy that’s fraught with risk, gas should be no more than a bridge to sustainable energy sources.” Ann Berwick, The Boston Globe, March 26, 2015.

“Pipeline opponents say LNG is underutilized,” by Jay Fitzgerald, The Boston Globe, March 23, 2015.

“New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking,” by Coral Davenport, New York Times, March 20, 2015.

“Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow,” by Mary Serreze, The Republican, March 16, 2015.

“Boston, state officials to take action after FERC’s decision on gas pipeline,” by Julie M. Cohen, West Roxbury Transcript, March 9, 2015.

“West Roxbury pipeline approved by federal regulators,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, March 4, 2015.

“National Grid joins gas pipeline expansion effort,” by Michael Norton, State House News Service, West Roxbury Transcript, Feb. 26, 2015.

“Warren and Markey weigh in on WR pipeline proposal,” by Jeff Sullivan, Bulletin, Feb. 12, 2015.

Video on YouTube: Chris Lovett of BNN News interviews Seamus Whelan of West Roxbury. Feb. 6, 2015.

“Act of terror: Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti,” by Shezad Baloch, Express Tribune (Pakistan), Feb. 1, 2015.

“Mexico City hospital blast prompts frantic search for babies,” by Catherine E. Shoichet, Mariano Castillo and Rafael Romo, CNN, Jan. 29, 2015.
“She told me that it started to smell like gas and the ceiling started to fall on everyone,” said Jose Eduardo.

“Pipeline ruptures raise desperation for inspectors,” the Rachel Maddow Show, Jan. 28, 2015.

“NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines,” by Joan Lowy, AP, Jan. 28, 2015. Also available on U.S. News & World Report..

“Charlie Baker’s challenge: keeping power affordable — and green,” Boston Globe editorial, Jan. 27, 2015.

“Five senators back West Roxbury pipeline project,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, Jan. 26, 2015.

“Fire Under Control at Gas Line Explosion Site; Crews on Stand-by,” WTRF 7 News, Brooke County, W. Va., Jan. 26, 2015.
“Firefighters and emergency responders were placed on stand-by as they wait for a fire caused by a gas pipeline explosion to burn out in Brooke County. The gas pipeline, owned by The Enterprise Products, L.P. based in Houston, TX, erupted about 10:30 a.m. sending flames hundreds of feet into the air. Residents living on both sides of the river said they could see the massive fireball.”
“Pipeline explodes in West Virginia,” by Faith Gardner, Daily Kos, Jan. 27, 2015.

“West Roxbury residents protest plans to expand natural gas pipeline,” by Kathy McCabe, Boston Globe, Jan. 25, 2015.

“Federal agency looks favorably on gas pipeline into Boston,” by Jack Newsham, Boston Globe, Jan. 23, 2015.

“Gas pipeline proposal draws fire,” by Meghan E. Irons, Boston Sunday Globe, Jan. 18, 2015.

Julie Loncich’s news segment for CBS Boston WBZ-TV (aired Jan. 16, 2015) in which she interviewed resident Christopher White.

Brett Crawford’s video of the rally (Jan. 16, 2015) at the corner of Grove St. and Centre St. is posted to Wicked Local West Roxbury.

“Opposition attempts to energize, inform community,” Caitlyn McGoff, Wicked Local Dedham, Jan. 13, 2015.

“Locals ramp up fight against gas pipeline in West Roxbury
,” Matthew M. Robare, Wicked Local Concord (Transcript), Jan. 13, 2015.

“West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline opponents swelling” (PDF), by Jeff Sullivan, staff reporter for the Bulletin, Jan. 8, 2015.

“Join fight against the pipeline” (PDF), by Paul Horn, West Roxbury Transcript, Jan. 8, 2015.

“Guest column: West Roxbury Saves Energy speaks out on gas pipeline,” Wicked Local West Roxbury, Jan. 11, 2015.

“West Roxbury’s Councilor O’Malley says quarry, gas pipeline are two top issues of ’15,” Wicked Local West Roxbury, Jan. 11, 2015.

“I oppose the storing of RCS-2 dirt at the quarry and authored a zoning code amendment to provide for a robust community process before the acceptance of any soil or fill. In terms of the pipeline, I oppose the location of the metering station across from the quarry because of the myriad health and quality of life concerns. I will continue to push for a resolution to both of these issues that will protect the neighborhood.” – Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley (District 6)

“Natural Gas Safety Expert Tours the Site of the Proposed West Roxbury Pipeline”
A Dec. 21, 2014 interview with Mark McDonald by the Committee to Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Posted to by Howard Sorett.

“West Roxbury residents voice fears over gas pipeline,” by Rishi Sidhu, Dedham Transcript, Oct. 14, 2014.

“Pipeline ‘consumer’ advocates are gas industry insiders,” by Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald, Oct. 24, 2014.

“Natural gas exports set to take off as Energy Department approves two new projects,” by Michael Casey, Fortune, Sept. 10, 2014.

Keep your eye on these local news sources:

Wicked Local West Roxbury (news from the West Roxbury Transcript)

West Roxbury-Roslindale Bulletin is available online for subscribers only for $12/year. The print edition is distributed locally.

West Roxbury Patch (online only)

Can citizens’ actions bring change? Yes!

On Dec. 17, 2014, the State of New York banned hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), a method of extracting natural gas by forcing open underground deposits buried in rock. In large part due to the efforts of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition founded by Food & Water Watch, and allies who demonstrated concern for the issue, the state conducted a two-year investigation and concluded that fracking cannot be done safely. The state’s Acting Commissioner of Health said he would not want his own family to live near fracking activity.

Similarly, in late January 2015, the new Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf signed his first executive order: restoring a moratorium on new fracking on public lands. (“Gov. Tom Wolf plans to ban new fracking in Pennsylvania parks, forests,” AP, Lehigh Valley Live, Jan. 28, 2015.)

In January 2015, the White House announced a plan to protect Americans from natural gas leaks–a plan that will cut methane emissions nearly in half in ten years. According to an email from Moms Clean Air Force, “The industry loses enough methane every year to heat six million homes. NASA has just confirmed a methane leak from 40,000 gas wells in New Mexico that can be seen from space. America’s largest methane ‘hot spot’ is the size of Delaware.” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that the EPA will regulate methane emissions from new sources.

Let’s make change here in Boston!

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