Massachusetts

NEWS: Mothers helping to fight Air Quality Permit Approval for Weymouth

Mother Out Front Susan Lees#InTheNews and demanding that Governor Baker stand by our communities and our families rather than fossil fuel interests.

“Permitting this dangerous and toxic facility next to neighborhoods where residents raise families, send their children to school, and build communities is deeply negligent,” said Susan Lees of Mothers Out Front, an environmental activist group. “Governor Baker must show that he has the backbone to stand up to large energy corporations and intervene in this broken permitting process.”

#NoWeymouthCompressorStation

Read more here: 

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TV NEWS: Worcester Residents Demand Gas Leak Repairs

MA - WORCESTER! We want to send a huge shoutout to Mothers Out Front Worcesterfor their incredible progress on gas leaks this month, including TV press coverage (below), interviewing Gaylen Moore and Patricia Kirkpatrick. The team has been working to get gas leaks fixed at elementary schools and to highlight the health risks of gas, particularly for children. Worcester has one of the highest rates of asthma in the nation.

With gratitude and congratulations to the team!


ALL IN THE FAMILY: The story of a reluctant environmentalist

This blog, written by Andrea Winslow, Arlington Mothers Out Front, was hosted at YourArlington.com!

 

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See the blog post here and full text is available below:

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Worcester: Editorial: Work together to make gas leaks an issue

Thank you to Bill Shaner for echoing our thoughts and for your support. Congratulations on the published editorial!

That’s why I was encouraged to see the local environmental activist group Mothers Out Front take to the Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services earlier this week to demand that Eversource, the city’s natural gas supplier, fix all leaks in and around city schools. In the past, they’ve also petitioned the School Committee, the school administration and brought in a gas leak expert to tour the grounds of city buildings with a specialized car to detect leaks.

Read all about it below:

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WBUR: Confused About The Weymouth Compressor? Here's What You Need To Know

THANK YOU to WBUR for this incredible resource on the Weymouth Compressor Station story. In their words, "whether you've been reading about the issue for years and have questions, or are hearing about the project for the first time, here's what you need to know." We agree.

Click the link for the whole story:

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NEWS - Worcester residents demand gas leak repairs near schools

Mothers Out Front Worcester took to City Hall on June 17th to demand that Eversource repair 5 leaks near schools!

During the hearing, residents and Mothers Out Front volunteers spoke about their personal experiences with gas leaks in the city. Worcester resident and Mothers Out Front volunteer Rhonda Wahya Hicks said she couldn’t sleep when a leak was discovered at her granddaughter’s school.

“I’m very angry that it’s taken so long. We’ve been fighting this for a while. Why is it taking this long?” she said during the meeting. “Anything that has the words gas leaks and schools should not even be a public forum. It should already be taken care of. We shouldn’t have to do any kind of talking.”

Read all about it:

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Green Living Tour 2019 in Jamaica Plain

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-May, Mothers Out Front-Jamaica Plain held our first-ever Green Living Tour, showcasing a wide range of ways to “go green”—from electric cars and bikes to worm composting, induction stoves, air and ground source heat pumps, and backyard bees and chickens. The feedback from the 150+ participants was overwhelmingly positive: “I had no idea so many of my neighbors were doing so much to shift to a green lifestyle,”“we brought our daughter with us to help her take her role and responsibility for nature seriously,” “the tour gave us a much better idea of which direction to take to reduce our own carbon footprint,” “It was cool to get up so close to the hive – we even got a look at the Queen being a total BOSS LADY.”

 

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Mothers Out Front brings visibility to Acton gas leaks

Terrific coverage of the Mothers Out Front Acton Team's art exhibit to change the conversation about #methaneleaks and to make the invisible, visible.

According to Judith Aronstein of Mothers Out Front Acton, an environmental activist group dedicated to addressing climate change, a 2017 survey funded by the Acton Board of Selectmen and completed by Gas Safety USA measured the size of some 234 gas leaks in town. These leaks were reported over time by National Grid to town the town Department of Public Works.

Aronstein said Mothers Out Front wanted to “make the invisible, visible” by finding a way to visually represent those leaks and their size to town residents to help them see the number and size of those leaks and discuss their impact.

She said the display was about eight months in the making. It was marked Tuesday evening by about 30 residents and community leaders.

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Gas Leaks Working Group Launch

Mothers Out Front's Gas Leaks Working Group launched on May 23rd with 20 people at the first meeting! 
 
The team planned a “two-way street” learning opportunity to share what we’ve done so far and develop a shared vision of where we can go and what tools and support will take us there. Stay tuned for more information on our campaigns!
if you'd like to get involved, please contact Amber Martin at amber.martin@mothersoutfront.org

 

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Opinion: Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability

This opinion piece by Jesse Lederman is a nice tribute to the power of community organizing. 

With the support of a coalition of organizations like the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Arise for Social Justice, Mother’s Out Front, and the statewide watchdog group HEET, we worked to bring the gas company together with local officials and community members, and in 2017 were able to announce a deal to repair these leaks over time, with a concerted focus on the largest leaks first. The announcement was the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

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