Hundreds of people descended on Greenfield and Pittsfield last week for crucial Federal Energy Regulatory Commision hearings about Kinder Morgan's Northeast Direct gas pipeline! Turn-out was huge, with packed rooms in both towns and more than 600 people at the Greenfield hearing alone. FERC heard loud and clear that Massachusetts does not want this dangerous, polluting and unnecessary new pipeline. Congratulations to everyone who worked to spread the word about these hearings, especially the 350 Mass Pioneer Valley and Berkshires nodes! You can read more about the hearings in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Berkshire Eagle.
Last week represented a major push in the effort to keep solar working for Massachusetts! 350 Mass joined Environment Massachusetts, Clean Water Action, and other groups outside the State House for a rally and lobby day in favor of raising the caps on net metering. Net metering is a crucial program that allows solar owners to be paid for the power they generate, but there's a cap on the number of projects that can participate. The cap has been hit in 171 communities across the state, bringing our solar progress to a screeching halt. In addition to rallying, we helped flood Speaker DeLeo's office with phone calls asking him to raise the cap. Unfortunately, the legislature adjourned for their summer recess without taking action. We'll keep building power over the next few weeks, and we'll be back in September stronger than ever and ready to keep fighting for solar!
More than 250 people gathered yesterday for a worship service, rally and march to oppose Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline! We chanted, sang, and walked together to the Dedham-Boston city line, where we formed a human chain to symbolize our united resistance to the pipeline. Many groups came together to make this event a reality, including Resist the Pipeline, Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Dedham Safety Over Profits, West Roxbury Saves Energy, the 350 Mass Boston node, and others! Spectra has started construction on the pipeline, but with local residents and officials still standing strong, there's no way the company will be able to finish the project without a fight. Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook and read more about the action in the Boston Globe, and stay tuned for more updates on the campaign to #StopSpectra!