Over 40 Mass. Mothers Out Front members gathered Thursday March 28th to officially launch our two-year “Beyond Gas” campaign and a new Campaign Team and structure. Every Task Force, Working Group, and Functional Team, the Mass Leadership Team, and most Massachusetts Community Teams were all represented.
We started the Launch Meeting with a celebration of all that has been done in past years to limit the use of dangerous fracked gas, and to stop the build-out of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts. Attendees wrote our successes out on a timeline on the wall, and then added our visions for the future: the wins we hope to have in this two-year campaign. Members were hopeful that we would stop the Weymouth Compressor Station, join the fight in Western Mass. against the Agawam Pipeline Expansion, pass the FUTURE bill (SD1953 and HD3719) and fix all large volume leaks near schools throughout the state — and more! We toasted (with non-alcoholic bubbly cider) to our past and future successes, and to the determined and talented members from across the state that were in the room!
Media Advisory for Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Concerned Mothers Hold Urgent Public Forum About Gas Leaks, Climate Change
Over 800 methane gas leaks in Worcester alone, community must act
After months of research and an audit of gas leaks, Mothers Out Front Worcester is gathering the community to take action against the serious threats posed by aging gas infrastructure and climate change. Worcester has over 800 methane gas leaks, some on school properties and in other sensitive locations.
The forum will discuss actions that can be undertaken by the community and individuals to reduce the harm caused by Worcester’s aging gas infrastructure. Speakers will include representatives from Gas Safety USA, Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, the Worcester Tree Initiative and more.
GREAT NEWS! We've achieved a big step forward for clean energy in Boston -- and across the state.
Boston is the state's first big city to commit to a community energy plan, and Boston-based Mothers Out Front are celebrating this milestone. With the city's new commitment, some 190,000 homes and 31,000 businesses will get their energy from a municipal provider, who will be under contract to provide more renewable energy citywide. The Jamaica Plain and Downtown Boston teams started advocating for this in 2017 and it's taken longer than expected to bring it to fruition. Kudos to these moms and all our Boston-based allies for their persistence in getting this done!
Mothers in Massachusetts are holding the governor's administration accountable for a fair and unbiased review of the state's gas infrastructure, following last September’s gas explosions in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.
Debbie New of Mothers Out Front still holds hope the review will reflect the public’s interest. “There's an opportunity now for our DPU that hired them — and that's on the Independent Review Panel — to demonstrate that they're working for the public, not the utilities, by giving us a comprehensive, transparent report.”
Mothers Out Front Claire Corcoran and Claire Humphrey met with Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz’s Legislative Director, Ernesto Reyes Hernandez, Monday afternoon to advocate for our FUTURE bill and carbon pricing.
Pictured: Claire Corcoran, Ernesto Reyes Hernandez and Claire Humphrey
On Thursday, January 10th, two members of the Mothers Out Front Worcester team and the organizer attended a public information session hosted by the City of Worcester for residents and business owners in the Green Island neighborhood. The construction of Polar Park, one of the largest developments in Worcester’s history and new home to the Boston’s Red Sox minor league baseball team, will require new infrastructure work and relocation of underground lines.
Gaylen Moore talking to the Eversource representative
The Worcester moms went to the information session and spoke to a representative from Eversource, the WooSox, and a city councilor, to advocate for existing gas leaks to be repaired, while street repair takes place. The Eversource representative agreed about the importance of fixing gas leaks! The moms will follow-up with an email to the representative with a summary of the conversation and to reiterate our commitment to the issue of gas leaks. Prior to this hearing, the Worcester team also submitted public comments to MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency) asking for clarity around Eversource's commitment to fixing any leaks they find, while conducting street reconstruction.
On January 17th, three representatives of Worcester's Mothers Out Front team met with the Worcester Mayor and Superintendent in the Mayor's office. Worcester's Mothers Out Front co-coordinators, Gaylen Moore and Patricia Kirkpatrick, worked for weeks with the Mayor and Superintendent regarding the gas leak audit, commissioned by Mothers Out Front in December 2018, to invite them to a dialogue on this issue. Joined by our newest member of the team, Mary Flynn, the three moms sat down with Mayor Petty and Superintendent Binienda to talk about the work the Worcester moms have been doing on the issue of unrepaired gas leaks in the city.
Encouraged by the momentum of gathering over eighty petition signatures from Worcester residents to address the issue of gas leaks over the summer, the Worcester team conducted a gas leak audit in early December 2018 to confirm the existence of gas leaks around select Worcester Public School buildings. The gas leak audit confirmed the existence of gas leaks within 50 feet of the five school buildings and offered a few recommendations for the school administration and Eversource. The meeting with the Mayor and Superintendent gave the moms the opportunity to share the findings and recommendations of the audit, educate both the Mayor and Superintendent about the risks of unrepaired gas leaks, as well as talk about the obligation that utilities have to repair gas leaks within 50 feet of school zones. It was the first time that the moms had the opportunity to sit down with two important decision makers in the City of Worcester and secure their support towards the goal of fixing leaks around school zones. It was also the first opportunity that both the Mayor and Superintendent had to hear about the mission and organizing of Mothers Out Front Worcester and be introduced to our moms.
Mothers Out Front in the news!
Environmental groups including 350 Massachusetts, Mothers Out Front and Massachusetts Power Forward have been involved with the fight against the compressor station and were at the rally.
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January 12, 2019 -
WEYMOUTH:Clutching pickets, a group of residents, activists and politicians ardently against a proposed North Weymouth natural-gas compressor station held a rally on the banks of the Fore River on Saturday afternoon....Environmental groups including 350 Massachusetts, Mothers Out Front and Massachusetts Power Forward have been involved with the fight against the compressor station and were at the rally.
How did Newton do it?
By Ellie Goldberg, Mothers Out Front Newton, November 29, 2018
On November 27, the City of Newton signed acontractfor Newton Power Choice, a community choice electricity aggregation (CCA) program that will provide 60% local renewable energy (46% above the State requirement for renewables).