Protesters speak out

Nov. 28, 2016: Speaking at the M & R site:

Nov. 23, 2016:

June 30, 2016: “Resisting the W. Roxbury Lateral Gas Pipeline,” Mary Boyle interviewed by Richard Smyth for Grass Seeds

May 2, 2016: “Pipeline Activity Prompts New Protest,” Chris Lovett

Feb. 28, 2016: Nancy Wilson at Boston #March4Bernie2 (Time: 6:17)

Oct. 27, 2015: Nancy Wilson & James Michel (Time: 8:40)

June 18, 2015: Mike Butler, Chairman of the Dedham Board of Selectmen, was arrested on the construction work-site on Elm Street, Dedham.

June 6, 2015: Protest walk and rally in Swampscott, Mass.

Update from Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley

Nov. 1, 2016: Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley gives an update in West Roxbury (6:38)

‘SU News’ (Suffolk University student newscast)

Jeanette Origel’s story on the WRL pipeline, March 2016

Gas leaks in Boston

Boston University researcher and associate professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, maps gas leaks on city streets in Boston.

Gas leak found at proposed site of WRL pipeline’s M&R station Uploaded on Jan 4, 2016.

Natural gas leaks fuel global warming, not homes Uploaded on Sep 28, 2011.

Dryden, N.Y.

“The Story of Dryden: The Town that Fought Fracking (and is Winning)” (

“NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry in Precedent-Setting Case,” June 20, 3014 (

Bill McKibben

2015: Climate activist Bill McKibben explains in a five-minute video why we don’t want this pipeline!

Al Gore

Al Gore’s TED Talk: The Case for Optimism on Climate Change


Melodeego performs “Digging Us a Hole” (click to watch/listen on Vimeo) This song was born during the “Funeral For Our Future” action in March 2013, where Melodeego sang it with over 100 activists in the TransCanada lobby in Westborough, Mass. 25 people kept singing as they were led out in handcuffs. This song belongs to everyone who’s fighting pipelines! For more info on the Digging Us a Hole campaign and to download the song for free, visit:

“Buy This Fracking Album,” an album produced by Jason Samel, was released June 23, 2015. Hear an interview and live performance on The Takeaway.

“Grass Seeds” – HC Media

Hosted by Richard Smyth, Grass Seeds is a show focusing on social, environmental, and economic justice. Its purpose is to educate the public on such issues and to prepare people for taking grassroots action. The Feb. 27, 2016 episode is on “Natural Gas Pipelines.”

Mark McDonald

McDonald, a national expert on gas safety – and a local resident – features in the videos below, explaining the risk to our community.

The vulnerability of the proposed pipeline

“This pipeline is definitely going to be a steel pipeline,” says Mark McDonald. More so than plastic pipeline, steel is inflexible and susceptible to cracks.

West Roxbury homes at greatest risk

Do you live here?

A blast consuming 30 blocks?

If the pipeline exploded, the damage would likely be “more than double” what occurred in San Bruno.

Dangers of the Meter and Regulator Station

Mark McDonald explains what the M&R station will do: “It’s where the pipeline comes out of the ground. It’s regulated to a different pressure. It’s also metered before it goes back in the ground and is transferred to a utility like National Grid.”

Is your property at least 40 feet back from the pipeline route?

Your property rights are on the line: The pipeline needs 40 feet of space from all buildings. Could some buildings be taken by eminent domain?

Mark McDonald presents to the community

Did you see this clip from Mark McDonald’s presentation on Dec. 3, 2014 in West Roxbury?

Concerned residents speak out at the first SWRL meeting on Dec. 3, 2014

I couldn’t believe my ears

Dr. Karen Weber of Roslindale on her personal concerns with the safety risk, especially in light of her life’s work that is “dedicated to trying to keep this planet safe and healthy for everybody in it.”

Is it worth it?

David Ludlow of Jamaica Plain on the risks of a pipeline and who stands to gain from it.

It’s designed to make profits for energy companies, not to meet our community’s needs

Seamus Whelan of West Roxbury on the need to convert to renewable energy.

We should take the right decision to stop it – it’s as simple as that

Jestin Jose of West Roxbury on his concerns for his family’s health and safety.

We need to rise up, let our voices be heard

Paul Horn of West Roxbury on why residents pulled together a public meeting.

What gas wants

“More natural gas will lower bills: Kinder Morgan CEO,” Richard Kinder, Kinder Morgan CEO, interviewed by CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, April 22, 2015.

Kinder anthropomorphizes natural gas and its alleged desires: “The main problem here, it’s just ironic, the highest price for electricity and natural gas in the United States is in New England, and just a few hundred miles away, you’ve got gas desperate to get out of the Marcellus Utica selling at a huge discount.”

Pipeline dangers

Video about pipeline danger
from the Center for Biological Diversity

Adaptation of the above video
by David Ludlow, 2015, encouraging Mayor Walsh and AG Maura Healey to help stop the WRL pipeline.

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