Pages tagged "in the news"

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • WBUR: New State Regulation Could Cut Emissions From Natural Gas Leaks In Half, Report Says

    A new state regulation requires utilities to identify these super leaks of methane gas! Two Mothers Out Front, Zeyneb Magavi and Debbie New are quoted in this article, as well as our friend Audrey Schulman from HEET!

    In the words of Father Out Front and Professor Nathan Phillips regarding WBUR 90.9 FM's coverage linked below:

    "Congrats to HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)& the #GasLeakAllies for translating research to policy; to Margaret Cherne-Hendrick& Bob Ackleyfor key research; Gas Safety USAfor being first to raise the issue; & Mothers Out Front for engaging MA communities to fix this!"

     

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    Zeyneb Magavi, Audrey Schulman, Nathan Phillips and Debbie New                                  Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Zeyneb and Audrey

     

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  • MA Hired Energy Industry Execs to 'Independently' Review State's Gas System

    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.”

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  • Protesting the pipeline: In Weymouth, the fight continues

    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.

    For more info, click below:

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  • Protesting the pipeline: In Weymouth, the fight continues

    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.

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