Who’s Taking Action?

— LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TAKING ACTION:  A list of municipalities with resolutions concerning the pipeline and denying permission to survey town-owned land.

— ORGANIZATIONS TAKING ACTION: 

  • Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast). Published a Pipeline Alternatives Assessment at the end of May, 2014; sent a Sign-On Letter to the New England Governors, with over 100 organizations and businesses; ENE Director of Market Initiatives Peter Shattuck resigned from the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee over the Patrick administration’s lack of opposition to the pipeline proposal and the push for big hydro.
    Various presentations, including  “AN ELECTRIC SOLUTION TO A GAS PROBLEM.”
  • Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT):  BEAT has teamed up with No Fracked Gas in Mass to offer presentations across the state about the pipeline (and the lack of a need for it).
  • Clean Water Action (CWA): The Massachusetts chapter of CWA has been a leader in efforts to strengthen the state’s gas leaks’ bill, now law, and has engaged in shaping other legislation towards a sustainable energy future and spreading awareness about the proposed pipeline project.
  • Conservation Law Foundation (CLF):  In March, 2014, CLF filed Freedom of Information Requests with state agencies across New England and with NESCOE, seeking information relating to the proposed tariff that would cause electric ratepayers to pay for new natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure. (CLF’s Report on Released Documents) CLF Comments to NESCOE.
  • Environmental League of Massachusetts:  President George Bachrach resigned from the the GWSA IAC; ELM promoted the grassroots rally in a newsletter and has coordinated with other groups on the pipeline issue.
  • Franklin Land Trust:  Newsletter concerning pipeline.
  • Groton Conservation Trust: Letter to EOEEA June 2014.
  • Grow Food Northampton:  issued a statement on its website of opposition to the pipeline.
  • Kestrel Land Trust: filed a comment to FERC in opposition to the pipeline, standing is solidarity with communities across New England.
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society:  Letter_to_Governor April 2014Audubon_Letter Denying Kinder Morgan Access to Survey Land; Mass Audubon has also kept its members informed about its opposition to the project on multiple grounds.
  • Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC): Letter to Governor Patrick May 2014; MACC is leading forums for conservation commissioners about the pipeline.
  • Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition:  Pipeline Letter to Governor February 2014; MLTC has also kept its members informed about the proposed project through its e-news and website and joined with other conservation groups to engage on the legal and regulatory front.
  • Massachusetts Sierra Club:  In addition to having a prominent Pipeline Statement on their Websitethe Massachusetts Sierra Club has been engaged in studying the legal issues.
  • Merrimack River Watershed Association:  MRWA a comprehensive statement on its website of opposition to the pipeline and has denied the company access to survey its conservation land.
  • Mothers Out, Front Pioneer Valley: Offers Monday Actions that teach subscribers how to build and flex collective civic muscle and speak out against the creation of new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust:  Pipeline Letter to Governor March 2014Mount Grace’s executive director has served given pipeline presentations, served on panels and went to Hartford to testify at a Department of Energy hearing on pipeline “capacity constraints” in New England.
  • Nashoba Conservation Trust: This land trust in Pepperell has a section of its website devoted to many issues relating to the proposed pipeline.  Board members have given presentations concerning the project and have been very engaged with the community.
  • North Country Sustainability Center:  NCSC, based in Ashburnham, has hosted multiple informational forums and established a website dedicated to pipeline-related issues, and has covered the topic on their television show, “Living Here”.
  • Rattlesnake Gutter Trust:  This land trust voiced its opposition to the proposed project in a letter to the editor of a local newspaper.
  • Toxics Action Center:  TAC has helped coordinate numerous conference calls and meetings among stakeholders and helped organize the lobby day/rally on July 30th.
  • Trout Unlimited (MA-RI):  Is providing information about the pipeline project on its website
  • The Trustees of Reservations: Letter Denying Kinder Morgan Access to Survey Notchview ReservationTTOR Pipeline Letter to Governor Patrick.