Greetings Earthlings. “What are the wastelands and how do they transform into the wild?” Walken Shweigert, Artistic Director of Children of the Wild asks that and Gus Ganley, one of those Wild Children, returns to the show to talk about their Wastelands Project, an experimental folk opera investigating the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. It’s not all gloom and doom, like this show. On this, the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl, the worst nuclear power disaster to date the concept of the wastelands is all the more sobering. But wait! we have somewhat humorous moments awaiting you in our Enviro Show Echo Chamber or when we take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, right? And how about this: Revenge of the Critters! Deer for dinner (No, it’s not what you think).
We have Broken News! In case you were still hibernating in some den recently you’ve probably already heard that Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas pipedream targeting WMass has been suspended. If you read their cleverly worded…..make that corporatespeak press release [pdf] you’ll see they left the door open to plague us with their bullshit in the future, but for now it’s time to pat our collective selves on the back for all our efforts and…..PARTY! This Broken News is a two-fer: We also just learned that “In an amazing victory for our forests, waterways and communities, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has formally denied the water quality certification as required by the Clean Water Act for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.” However, all these fossil fools have taken a page from Freddie Krueger and could easily be baaaaack! To which we say: bring it on fools!
It saddens us to say Our Fools-on-the-Hill this week are also our favorite Massachusetts senators, Markey & Warren who foolishly voted for the laughably titled “Energy Policy ‘Modernization Act’ ”. This sorry planet-trashing act (which may contain a few good things) brings us all that much closer to a….dare we say, green flag? for exports of fracked LNG, the promotion of biomass clearcutting and reportedly “limits state and local controls that can impede pipeline development, and applies eminent domain for ‘economic development’ ” as well as ““It is the sense of Congress that all Federal authorizations required for a project or facility should be issued by not later than the date that is 90 days after the date on which an application is considered to be complete by the Commission.” (among other things not so modern). We ask Enviro Show listeners to go HERE and have a word with our senators gone astray. Soooo, as over 150 nations sign-off on the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day the U.S. Senate agrees to trash the planet the day before. USA! USA?
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we can’t seem to get away from the….umm…blowback? surrounding that Methane blowout at Porter Ranch on the Other Coast. Now we learn that a looming methane threat exists in the Great Lakes region (where the Children are headed!). Michigan has a total natural gas storage capacity of 1,079 billion cubic feet, the most of any state! James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, said the safety of underground natural gas storage is just starting to become an issue. “We have a lot of storage and we have a lot of clay pipes we are distributing natural gas through. The other question is, are we contributing more methane to the climate change issue than we should be?” Ya’ think? We have a Blog Action Bonus for you. Time to rein in the U.S. Market for Endangered Wildlife.
How about a Quote of the Week? “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking
We have a lot of E-Valley-uation to get through this week. Let’s start with our Valley free Radio Spring Fun Drive, OK? This is where YOU show your support for the show and the folks who bring it to you. We’re counting on you to do your part. Then we have a follow-up from our last show about the mishandling of our state lands, especially here in WMass. One of our guests last time, Michael Kellett, released this item recently: Plans to Cut State Forests Could Worsen Climate Change and the State Budget. We signed on to that one (surprise!) and the Greenfield Recorder reported on it. Also, remember the show we did on the plight of the Shortnose Sturgeon in the CT River? Now there’s an activist Facebook page on that. Check it out HERE. And this: We received a disturbing email from Sara Moffett at Clean Water Action the other day with this headline: “Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says – Five of Six Cans From Hadley Walmart Tested Positive for BPA” The message directed us to this page. Canned food is pretty much 20th century but hey, do we really need BPA? Finally, about that proposed fracked gas pipeline the Son of Enron’s trying to ram through WMass? The MA State Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change is holding a hearing on May 3 on Beacon Hill, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428 to FINALLY connect the dots from fracked gas to our Global Warming Solutions Act and the Commonwealth’s energy future. All we can say is….ALL OUT!
It’s time to Meet the New Boss once again and once again it’s his Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell who comes into question (isn’t there a place for this person somewhere in the exterior??). As we come upon the 6th anniversary of the infamous BP oil platform catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, an f’ing disaster that should never have happened and the results of which are worse than previously thought, it seems the Obama Administration’s oversight is…well….kind of out of sight? “The [new] rule says that they have three more years to set up real-time monitoring [of oil-well safety by onshore personnel],” Liz Birnbaum, former director of the Minerals Management Service told Grist. “Which is just insane.” Insane like still pumping oil out of the planet in the midst of the Climate Crisis? What’s that saying about what to do when you find yourself in a hole?
After our conversation with Gus we drag you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m./Rally at 11:30am! MA Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change plans to hold an oversight hearing on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project and the state’s clean energy the Massachusetts Statehouse in Room 428. One or more buses to Boston are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $30. For details and to sign up for a bus email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your top three choices (leaving from/ returning to Pittsfield, Cummington, Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, or Northampton) and we will do our best to accommodate. Your flexibility is appreciated.
Wednesday, May 4th, 10:00am: Evidentiary Hearing at DPU re Berkshire Gas NED contract (cross-examining Berkshire Gas). Berkshire Gas has asked for permission from the Massachusetts DPU to make a TWENTY YEAR commitment for capacity on Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct Supply Path pipeline. Docket #15-178. Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston, MA
Thursday May 5th, 9:00am: Supreme Judicial Court Hearing, Conservation Law Foundation v. DPU. Oral arguments in CLF and Engie (formerly GDF Suez) v. DPU – challenging the DPU Docket 15-37 scheme under which electric ratepayers would shoulder costs of gas pipeline construction. One Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA Phone: 617-557-1000
Saturday, May 7, 11am – 11pm. (Rain date: Sunday, May 8, 2016) Climate Action and Sustainability Fair, Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St, Pittsfield. LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, and environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who work to address the planetary challenge of climate change. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 413-329-3514
Saturday, May 21, 9 AM – 5pm. Non-violence Training. Friends Meeting House Leverett MA. This training is necessary for anyone considering participating in a Sugar Shack Alliance action that could involve arrest. To register, please contact Carole Horowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays & Fridays! Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting. Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.
Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.
Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.
That pretty much does it for us…..for now. There’s just one more thing: Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?