Archive for March, 2016

The DPU & You Enviro Show

Posted: March 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

deviationGreetings Earthlings. You know how we like to put quotes around the “Public” in that corporate captive agency the Massachusetts Department of “Public” Utilities, right? This week the DPU is coming to you, the public (or a venue near you to be more precise). Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action  calls in from one of those hearings in the Berks on requests from the fossil fools at Kinder Morgan/TGP that the agency allow surveys on lands they have been denied access to by private owners. There will be a DPU hearing in Greenfield at the Middle School on Wednesday, March 30th. All out at 6pm! But wait, there’s more! KM has recently commenced an eminent domain proceeding and requests immediate access to begin construction (tree felling, blasting, and other forms of trashing) at Otis State Forest, circumventing protections put in place by Article 97 of the Massachusetts State Constitution. Time to step up and defend our State Constitution, OK? Also Tom Neilson calls in with more fracking news from out West. As always, we’ll also take you for a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber among other things, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Cute bunny attack kit now available.

Let’s start out with some E-Valley-uation. Hampshire College student and Valley Stop the Pipeline movement stalwart Gabriel Shapiro, previous a guest on The Enviro Show, participated in a kick-ass Pancakes Not Pipelines direct action at FERC along with Ashfield Selectman Ron Coler, Josh Fox and others. Stay tuned for more of that, FERC! And speaking of that corporate captive agency, our senior senator Liz Warren had something to say about FERC just the other day: ““It is deeply troubling that Kinder Morgan is demanding a right to bypass the Massachusetts constitution and destroy portions of the Otis State Forest. Corporate profits should not come ahead of the Commonwealth’s laws or our core environmental protections. It’s long past time for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop enabling Kinder Morgan’s reckless behavior — and start pushing back.”

During the recent House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation hearing on the Flint water crisis, Oversight Chair and Enviro Show Fool-on-the-Hill Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tried shifting blame for the Flint water outrage from Repug Gov. Rick Snyder to the EPA. “During a particularly tense exchange between Chaffetz and McCarthy, the committee chair grew frustrated with McCarthy, saying that she had the ultimate power to do something about Flint. “So why do we even need an EPA?” Chaffetz asked.” (Grist) Which, of course, has been a Repugnican goal for decades ever since that agency was formed under a……..Repugnican!

James Hansen returns to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with news that may make you want to play the End of the World Drinking Game. Ready? Take a shot every time the term “sea level rise” come up!  Our Blog Bonus Action Link this week finds “A risky scheme to legalize the international rhino horn trade could drive Africa’s last wild rhinos to extinction. Tell South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to protect rhinos by rejecting this reckless plan.” Take action here. O look! The NY Times just discovered that “Trees Deal with Climate Change Better Than Expected”   Than expected by whom? Big Green? And this: we’re more than glad that a certain billionaire from New York City isn’t likely to be elected President of the United States of America (is he??) for any number of reasons, but his comments on the Climate Crisis are surely up there near the top of the list.

We have some Broken News from our allies at Rising Tide North America. Climate activists occupied the Superdome in the Big Easy  trying to stop an oil lease auction. Game on! On March 23rd, 2016 about 400 protesters took over a federal land lease sale in New Orleans. This event was called the ‪#‎NoNewLeases‬ action and was protesting the lease sale of over 43 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to off-shore drilling.

Here’s our combo Quote of the Week & Meet the New Boss segment in which Obama’s Secretary of the Interior says a real mouthful!  “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.”  – Sec. Sally Jewel on KQED, 1/2/15  Exactly what we’ve been saying!!

After our call with Jane and Tom we drag you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Monday, April 4, 7 pm. Public Hearing for National Grid Rate Case. National grid wants more of your money and to charge people who install solar PV more for generating clean, renewable energy. [See above] Fire Station – Meeting Room, 37 State Road, Great Barrington.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 11:30am to 2:30pm. Rally to Save New York from FERC! East Capitol Park, Albany, NY march to DEC headquarters. Please wear blue! Go to: stopthepipeline.org/ Also: www.facebook.com/events/500157693497068/

 

Thursday, April 7, 6pm. Walk/Bike Springfield meeting at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. To join the email list to get notice of future meetings, send an email to betsy@bgjohnson.com

 

Thursday, April 7 at 7pm. Sneak preview of Robbie Leppzer’s latest film, POWER STRUGGLE, a feature-length documentary that chronicles how citizen activists and the small state of Vermont win a rare grassroots environmental victory in their battle against one of America’s biggest utility corporations to shut down Vermont Yankee, a dangerous aging nuclear power plant, 26 miles from Amherst. Filmed over five years, this film is an inspiring story of citizens and their elected officials who stand up and speak truth to power. ” Bill Brand Screening Room in the Liebling Center at Hampshire College, Rt. 116, South Amherst, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/812966948846704

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/

 

Monday, April 11, All week. Democracy Spring! When the April 2nd march from Philadelphia arrives in Washington on April 11th, we hope we will be able to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it. But if they refuse to do anything, we will have no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in mass, dignified but determined, nonviolent sit-ins to force their hand. See: www.democracyspring.org/

 

Friday, April 15, 1pm. All Out!! Public Hearing on Kinder Morgan Condemnation Request at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. Help us assist in the fight to stand up for Article 97 lands in Sandisfield! Public hearing – let them hear from us all! No tree cutting in Otis State Forest! No fracked gas pipeline! More info here: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-hearing/

 

Saturday, April 16, 10AM – 4PM. Amherst Sustainability Festival. Amherst Town Common. A day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its seventh year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans! Go to: www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

 

Sunday, April 17, 2-5:30pm. “Taking Heart in Hard Times”, This Climate Change Grief Ritual will be held a few days before Earth Day on Sunday at Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton. More information: John Berkowitz, 413-387-8439, johnpberk@gmail.com

 

Monday, April 18, 7 – 9pm. Break Free Northeast Action Tour: Stop the Bomb Train!  Our reliance on coal, oil, and gas is exacerbating the Climate Crisis, keeping us from swiftly transititioning to the renewable energy future we need. This spring tens of thousands of people across the globe will be taking direct action against the fossil fuel industry in their regions. We will collectively #BreakFree from fossil fuels. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/494987504020572/

 

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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’s all folks (’til next time). Remember now, Listen to your Mother!

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14.ides_of_marchGreetings Earthling. We’d like to take a moment (OK, make that several moments) to warn the fossil fools to Beware the Ides of March! That’s correct, corporados and enablers in government, the masses are not pleased with your behavior, your fracked gas export schemes, your total disregard for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and those lame thousand dollar suits you wear, OK? Melinda Tuhus from Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) joins us to ward off these enemies of the planet and look ahead to the future. Also, Tom Neilson with another report from the road. As always, we’ll take you to meet (and make light of) this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as get into some Broken News and hear our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Truckin’ goes to the dogs! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Texas Repugnican Lamar Smith….again. The chairman of the House “Science” Committee is still on his climate change witch hunt of climate scientists at NOAA. Now he “wants access to all communications [at NOAA] that include the terms “temperature,” “climate,” “change,” “Paris,” “U.N.” “United Nations,” “clean power plan,” “regulations,” “Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” “President,” “Obama,” “White House,” “Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), “buoy,” and more.” Why stop there, Lamar? How about communications that include terms like “our secret plan to destroy Capitalism” or “Al Gore’s orders”?

How about we start of The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Bonus? Help stop this absolutely horrible legislation, the so-called Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. “If enacted, the SHARE Act (H.R. 2406) would remove federal protections for gray wolves, expand trapping and recreational shooting on public lands, block efforts to restrict the use of toxic lead ammunition, block efforts to crack down on the global ivory trade, and even allow the importation of trophy polar bears from Canada, despite a 2012 law that banned it.”  It’s the most destructive anti-wildlife proposal ever to come to Congress. Also this, Bill McKibben gets himself busted up at Seneca Lake trying to stop those fracking corporados. And this: Greenpeace is launching a Fukushima investigation on this, the 5th anniversary of that epic and ongoing nuclear catastrophe.

We have Broken News! Here it is: “New satellite data and surface observations analyzed by Harvard researchers confirm previous data and observations: U.S. methane emissions are considerably higher than the official numbers from the EPA. Significantly, the EPA numbers are mostly based on industry-provided estimates, not actual measurements.” Surprise!

And Breaking News! “A group of citizens groups has dusted off a forgotten provision of the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act that it said requires FERC to provide public funding for interventions before the agency.” We trust FERC will fund an investigation into……FERC! And this: On Thursday the EPA announced they will limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities. Yes, they’re many years late to the table. Let’s see what they bring with them.

How about a little E-Valley-uation! Are you up for contributing to the Town of Montague’s intervenor struggle with Berk Gas and he DPU? Read all about it here. AND this Thursday walkers start Taking Steps To a Renewable Future beginning Thursday, 8AM at Windsor Town Hall and walking all the way east to Northfield by Sunday. In case you missed it, it’s a 4-day, 53 mile intergenerational walk following roads near the proposed route of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. See the Bus Stop Board below for details.

Here’s our seasonal Enviro Show Quote of the Week with March 20th in mind: “The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.”  ~E.B. White

After our conversation with Melinda and Tom we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 6pm. Walk/Bike Springfield meeting at the Forest Park Branch Library, 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. To join the email list to get notice of future meetings, send an email to betsy@bgjohnson.com

 

Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/963327847091826/

 

Monday, April 11, All week. Democracy Spring! When the April 2nd march from Philadelphia arrives in Washington on April 11th, we hope we will be able to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it. But if they refuse to do anything, we will have no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in mass, dignified but determined, nonviolent sit-ins to force their hand. See: www.democracyspring.org/

 

Friday, April 15, 1pm. Public Hearing on Kinder Morgan Condemnation Request at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. Help us assist in the fight to stand up for Article 97 lands in Sandisfield! Public hearing – let them hear from us all! No tree cutting in Otis State Forest! No fracked gas pipeline! More info here: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-hearing/

 

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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.

 

OK, that’s it for us until next time when Rosemary calls in from the front lines. Until then please remember to….what? Listen to your Mother, silly!