Pages tagged "natural gas"

  • The FUTURE Act



    Thank you to all for showing up and supporting the FUTURE Act hearing in the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, November 12, 2019

    Audrey Schulman from HEET has made a thank you gift for all of us in this 45 second video. Thank you to Sonja Tengblad, from our East Boston team, for your creative testimony and the soundtrack for this video!
    Some highlights for those of you who weren't there:
    • 37 people testified for the FUTURE Act
    • A bus came from Merrimack Valley with lots of folks from Lawrence and North Andover. Seven of them shared really powerful and moving testimony about their experiences over the last year.
    • 4 moms from Mothers Out Front testified
    • The room was packed including about 100 from Mothers Out Front.
    • Boston Mayor Walsh testified in support of the FUTURE Act
    • Bill Akley, President of Eversource Gas testified after us and announced their plan for 3 geothermal microdistrict pilots.
    • If you want to see the 5 hours of testimony here is the video of the whole hearing.

    Legislative Sponsors:

    Senator Cindy Creem, Representatives Lori Ehrlich and Christina Minicucci

    The FUTURE Act:

    • Creates a path to a safer renewable energy future.

    • Addresses the neglected gas system’s current leaky pipes and safety challenges.

    • Reforms our Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    Massachusetts has committed, through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 to a 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels. While we strongly support increasing this goal to 100%, we are also aware that our current efforts will not suffice to meet even the 80% target. 

    Since 1997, Massachusetts has required electric utilities to use more renewable energy each year through the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). One result is that our growing solar electric industry has earned 11,500 jobs and attracted $5 billion of investment to our state. The gas utilities do not have a similar path to get to our state emissions goals and continue to invest heavily in fossil fuel infrastructure that will not be needed. If we are to meet even existing goals, we must address the gas system.

    It is time to take on the challenge of how to heat and cool our buildings with local clean renewable energy instead of explosive gas. The FUTURE Act creates a road map for gas companies to transition to modern renewable thermal by 2050.

    Next Steps for Advocacy

    The Senate passed a bill, An Act Setting Next Generation Climate Policy, S2500, with important components based on the FUTURE Act, including an amendment that passed in large part because of a surge of calls from Mothers Out Front members. Many parts related to safety and gas leaks will be discussed as part of a Senate Natural Gas bill in the near future. 

    The House members of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee extended the deadline for their report on the FUTURE Act until June 4th. We want the bill reported favorably out of the committee as soon as possible. We are still asking Representatives in the House to reach out to the TUE Committee Chair Rep Thomas Golden about our support for the bill. We also ask that you reach out to constituents in other parts of the state where there may not be a strong climate voice to contact their Representatives. Here is a sample email and call script.

    Legislator Information Sheet

    FUTURE bill filed in the House, H.2849, full text


    Helpful documents:

    Talking Points for advocates

    Gas is the Past - Health Impacts Information

    Rep Lori Ehrlich on the FUTURE Act 

    Learn more about the bill:

    Webinar on the FUTURE bill






  • Gas Leaks & Pipelines: Ongoing Action

    205+ Gas Leaks in Arlington

    In an effort to change the conversation around the risks of "natural" gas, Mothers Out Front has been raising awareness by drawing attention to leaks in natural gas pipelines. This page tells the story of our ongoing campaign.

    On October 27-28, 2018, we tagged 205 UNREPAIRED gas leaks in Arlington, to raise awareness of the dangers of methane gas, and to demand that the utilities "Fix the Leaks First!" This effort built on our previous campaign in 2016, in which we tagged 177 gas leaks in Arlington.

    Making the news: ACMi news from October 20, 2016 includes a few-minute segment (skip to 06:30 in this video) on our gas leaks tagging launch.


     Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Selectman Joe Curro, and MOF member Susan Lees at Gas Leaks Tagging Launch

    Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Selectman Joe Curro, and MOF member Susan Lees at Gas Leaks Tagging Launch



    Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline

    • Our Pipeline Task Force joined "The Fight Is Not Over” on December 17, 2016, a local day of #NoDAPL action coordinated by a group of Native organizers and non-Native allies. The day's events included:
      • 9 am rally at the office of the Army Corps of Engineers in Concord
      • Relay run to Boston with stops along the way to distribute flyers outside TD Bank branches in Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge

                   Protesting bank investments in DAPL pic2Protesting bank investments in DAPL

    The Fight Is Not Over featured Arlingtonian Mothers Out Front (lefthand image):  Carol Chamberlain (sign around neck) and Anne Wright (tan hat). The Pipeline Task Force demonstrated in front of branches of TD Bank, which has been funding the Dakota Access pipeline, to pass out flyers and encourage customers to move their money.