DPU, Berk Gas & You Enviro Show

Posted: June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

stinkGreetings Earthlings. Have you about had it up to here with Berkshire Gas? As you may recall Berkshire Gas imposed a moratorium on new customers and any new use by existing customers because of an alleged energy crisis and until the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline project is complete. Sound like an ultimatum? Corporate extortion? Bullshit? You decide! The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. (you can send them your thoughts by going HERE). Sooooo, Rosemary of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns and stirs the pot with us. As always we’ll send you over to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill, maybe to Meet the New Boss as well. Also we have a zinger for our Quote of the Week, but first it’s  time for……Revenge of the Critters! Kids do all the wrong things as bear approaches in Amherst.

Let’s jump right to our Quote of the Week so d.o. can go on-and-on about his recent visit with proto-tree hugger, Thom Jefferson at Monticello. You’ll have to climb directly into the Wayback Machine for this one ‘cuz it’s back to the 18th century!  “The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.” – Thomas Jefferson

Breaking News! Kinder Morgan’s/TGP proposed Direct Hit on your Community Pipeline plans to build the largest fracked gas compressor station on the East Coast by scenic woodlands in Northfield, MA! It will be 80,000 horsepower. The Lusitania was just 72,000 horsepower but we bet it made a bit of noise before it sunk! How crazy is that??

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the new Gov carrying water for…..(are you ready?) ALEC!  Baker’s actions promoting the proposed KM fracked gas pipeline and pulling the rug out from under efforts to expand solar power  makes it clear where his loyalties lie: Corporado in the Capitol!  Did we just mention Kinder Morgan? Check this out: KM hires off-duty cops to deter protests. Wait, isn’t THAT against the law?? How about THIS? Speaking of cops in league with corporados, Sherrie Anne Andre’s tree-sit in Rhode Island protesting the proposed Spectra fracked gas pipeline was raided. Check it out HERE. And, checkout FANG’s Week of Action, June 6 to 12 HERE. And this: going boating in Cape Cod or Massachusetts Bay this summer? OK, but watch out for whales! How about we go out with some good news! Maryland bans fracking!!

Time to Meet the New Boss making life even harder for endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity notes “The [Obama] administration has quietly passed a series of regulatory changes that limit protections for species’ critical habitat, make it harder for species to gain protection as threatened or endangered, and sharply curtail citizen participation in implementation of the law.” After you checkout this page (PDF) you’ll probably want to TAKE ACTION!  Also this: the White House’s new plan simply doesn’t cut it. We need to get most pesticides off the market, OK? For more on that go HERE.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Florida Repugnican and presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio who stated recently on ABC’s “This Week” that “Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed… I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”  It gets worse: on the god awful Bill O’Reilly Show Rubio said “there’s no scientific consensus on human responsibility for climate change, that surface temperatures have stabilized over the last two decades, that cutting carbon emissions would destroy the economy, and that U.S. policies won’t do anything about the problem.” (he may be…..um..right? about that last one).

A bit of E-Valley-uation here: we note the passing of longtime activist and friend of the planet Juanita Nelson who was memorialized  last Saturday with a full-blown New Orleans style funeral procession and standing room only program in Greenfield. You can see some of that HERE. That’s d.o. in black with Juanita’s famous “You don’t gotta'” quote and Rev. Billy behind the banner. Happy trails, Juanita! Presente!

After our conversation with Rosemary we move along to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Wednesday, June 10 – 3:30-4:30pm. Franklin County Transportation Justice meeting. TJ was formed by local riders and concerned citizens for the general discussion and the bettering of Public Transportation in Franklin County. Discussion to be of the nature to influence the improvement and expansion of Public Transportation in Franklin County. The Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third St, Turners Falls MA 01376


Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm. A special hearing on Berkshire Gas’ application with the DPU to buy gas from Kinder Morgan on NED. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield. We need to get Berk Gas customers – commercial and residential – who are opposed to NED out in numbers!

June 6, 13 & 27. HALT: Hands across loved trails in New Hampshire. Hiking beloved trails affected by the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/halt-hand-across-loved-trails-events/

Saturday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 16. March for Our Children. The Pilgrim nuke is among the 5 worst run reactors in the US.   Join the citizen’s march to revoke Pilgrim’s operating license and remove this nuclear threat from our lives.   Refuse to be a radiation refugee! We will march 54 miles over 4 days – from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to the Boston State House. You can join us for part of, or all of the march. Good company, meals and accommodations will be provided. go to: www.madownwinders.org/calendar/march-for-our-children/

Sunday, June 14, 10AM to Noon. Hike Poplar Mountain. The hike starts in the Erving State Forest and ascends the mountain, following the route of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct fracked gas pipeline. Go to: www.mountgrace.org/

Sunday, June 14 – 15. Red Ribbon Walking Vigil in Opposition to the West Roxbury-Dedham Lateral Pipeline! There will be a Red Ribbon Walking Vigil from Dedham to West Roxbury the week before the pipeline construction is to begin. Please join us before 1:00 on the green outside of First Church in Dedham, 670 High Street on June 15th for this event. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171590446252348/

Sunday, June 14, 2 to 6pm. National Climate Mobilization Day. Climate mobilization Teach-in. Bowling Green Park, Financial District, NYC. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will on hand. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/2085722818235104/  Also go to: www.theclimatemobilization.org/  and sign the pledge!

Monday, June 15, 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Please join us at the NY State Capitol in Albany, NY at the close of the legislative session for a Peaceful Vigil for A Clean and Safe Energy Future. Call on Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature to take real Climate Action now, Shut Down Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power and produce an Energy Plan that gives us 100% Clean Renewable Community Owned Power. Stop Bakken Oil Bomb Trains, Stop Proposed Fracked Gas Pipelines, Stop Proposed LNG Storage and Export Facilities and Shut Down Indian Point while we phase out fossil fuels and nuclear power and shift to 100% clean renewable energy. Contact: abram@frackfreenation.org  or call 607 345-4865

Wednesday June 17, 7:00pm. The Greenfield Town Council will be voting on the ordinance to create limits and standards for commercial biomass burners in Greenfield. Residential wood burning is exempted, and large scale burners as well as waste to energy facilities would be banned. Please attend and support the Town Council in voting for this precedent setting ordinance. People are allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting. Please express your support! GCTV, 393 Main St. 3rd Floor, Greenfield,MA.

Saturday, June 20, 9 p.m. – late night. 5th Annual Moth Ball. Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, to search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!) Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.

Mon, June 22, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now MA General Meeting. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060, United States (map). We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 1 to 9PM. Benefit Event: Midsummernight Faerie-Concert Against the Pipeline!
 – A broad assortment of local music and comedy at the Singing Bridge Arts Center, beside the Westfield River, just a couple of miles from where the NED pipeline would cross it. Gaia Star Band, Rachel Laitman, Visioning BEAR Singers, Sarah Stockwell, Burrie Jenkins and more. Potluck refreshments and dinner.  All proceeds go to fight the pipeline. Singing Bridge Arts Center, West Main St. (right off Rte. 9) West Cummington, MA

We go out with Tom Neilson’s “Hole in the Ground” in case you missed the part about fracked gas. OK, that’s enough of that. What are we going to remember now? Right, to listen to our Mother!




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