Day 158/76

Trying to get back into the swing of things. I have to remind myself that even though my effort is hitting a 6′ 6″ wall, it’s important to keep documenting everything I find important.

Today I brought a new story from Itai Vardi, the bestest reporter in the east. One of the best parts of this debacle is meeting the fantastic reporters in the Boston area. I am eternally grateful for their work, none more so than Itai. He has been with the project since the beginning, and even though he shocks and sometimes depresses us with his findings, the findings are always valuable.

This story was about former Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton and his slippery grasp on ethics. OK, he has no grasp. I wish I could laugh, but I’ll quote the old (unfortunately racist) Morrissey: “I wish I could laugh but that joke isn’t funny anymore.” Itai also had a short thread on Twitter that I think is worth reading.

TL;DR?

Honestly, There is SO MUCH messed up about the State level review of the project, people are having a fun time trying to grasp all the issues:


Something else happened today that makes my stomach turn. Like I said in my tweet:

That makes 2 EJ apts in evac zone, close to incineration zone

🔥

Gov Baker deserved to be protested at this event. Only because we all work and there wasn’t enough notice that we didn’t show up.

Been a long time since I did a foot photo, LOL

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I used to be so disciplined!

Things have happened in such a relatively rapid succession I am having a hard time keeping up with my real life and my compressor life at the same time. But I’m not going anywhere, folks.

Last night was an awards ceremony in Newton and Gov Baker was accepting an award after making a short speech. I decided to attend, too. I got a totally cute dress from Savers, LOL, and put on some heels tall enough to make me 6′ or 6’1″ in case I was able to ask the Gov a question. Well, I didn’t get to ask.

Here’s what happened.

Got there for cocktail hour. A bunch of folks were holding protest signs for No Compressor, and many handmade signs targeting Baker. Awesome.

As I walked up the stairs to the event area, I could see the protestors out of the big windows.

I ran right into Ralph Child (Mintz/Enbridge attorney) as I was checking in. I was friendly. I wish I could be cold and haughty but I have no idea how to do that, LOL. Sparse attendance inside, but things got rolling a bit more after people got off work.

I ran into Frank from FRRACS and we talked. Alice was supposed to be there but she was feeling terrible/sick.

I didn’t talk to any other folks, really. We were seated in the dining area and I didn’t know anyone at my table. I don’t think EBCNE really checked the guest list as I shockingly wasn’t in the nosebleed tables.

I introduced myself to Katie Theoharides (the new EEA Secretary), and she was all “I know who you are” and had a moue of distaste she couldn’t hide. I told her I wasn’t going to make a fuss, I swore on my kids’ heads. She loosened up maybe 5% but I think she was basically grossed out by me. Who knows what she’s heard about me. It made me sad.

Before the dinner started, I saw Zach, Baker’s body guy, doing advance work. He saw me, I waved and then I motioned him to the hallway. I told him I wasn’t going to make a ruckus, but that I wanted to ask the Gov. a question.

What was the question, he asked. Will Baker kill the compressor using MA laws? Yes or no. I sat back in my seat.

Baker came in and went to talk to people at tables in a tight perimeter near the podium. I was in the back table, but in the middle. Baker gave the speech, people gave him a standing O.

I waited 3 minutes too long to get up and see if I could catch Baker outside. Excuses: I was exhausted, I had just had 5 days of no rest (tent camping, then a 5th grade camp chaperone) so I wasn’t on my game. I ran down the stairs in my ridiculous heels in time to get to the door, but Baker’s car was pulling away.

Zach was at the door, still, and was full of polite excuses. I said Zach, I need five minutes. I want my life back. I’m tired. I need five minutes. Zach really didn’t have much to say to that. He and I know it will never happen.

I AM tired. I am frustrated, but I am also wicked stubborn. Heh.

Sorry for the neglect

Been doing too much in my free time regarding the air quality plan hearing, and trying to catch up on home and family. Blog comes last, after this one, LOL: http://bluemassgroup.com/2019/06/theater-of-the-absurdep/

I left off at Day #152/70. I’ve done 153, 154, 155 (today).

So much has happened regarding the AQ plan hearing, but I honestly don’t think it will make a bit of difference as DEP regulations say they don’t have to take ambient air toxics into consideration before they permit additional polluters. WTF.

I went to a hearing at the State House for a little bit today to hand over my testimony and attachments in support of Senator Patrick O’Connor’s bill S.1319. My letter:

RE: Bill S.1319

Dear members of Joint Committee on Public Health:

I submit testimony in favor of Sen. Patrick O’Connor’s bill S.1319 that would add language to require the State to take existing ambient air quality into consideration before permitting additional polluters.

I have spent four days at an air quality plan hearing that knocked me sideways after finding out the MassDEP uses regulations from 1989 as their rule of thumb in reviewing air permits for polluters. The DEP won’t, of its own accord, take ambient air toxicity into consideration before adding more pollution so we rely on you to make this happen, JCPH.

High concentrations of air toxics exist currently in the Fore River Basin, but that makes no difference to MassDEP when it comes to adding more polluters to the area. That must never happen to any other community again. I say again, because I’m pretty sure MassDEP will approve this air permit, even after all the controversy.

Please see the attached documents for reference, especially the Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform Advisory Committee – Cumulative Risks and Background document. Other states are way ahead of Massachusetts. Let’s catch up, for all our sakes.

Attached:

1, June 10 2019 article by Chris Lisinski regarding DEP

2, Telling The Stories PDF presentation from FRRACS

3, Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform Advisory Committee – Cumulative Risks and Background

4, State House New Article: Healey says DEP “really bungled” compressor data


The compressor AQ hearing is closed as of yesterday.

Below are the Weymouth gas transmission compressor air quality permit plan approval hearings live-tweets to the best of my ability. SO much gratitude to Weymouth leadership & Solicitor, Miyares & Harrington, FRRACS, Morrison & Mahoney (Mike Hayden), Lori Hayden, Quincy. Hingham, & Braintree attorneys, the witnesses who no doubt lost years of their life on testimony prep, and supporters that came from all over greater Boston and western Mass!

May 15
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1128681963915812868.html

May 16
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1129015780031516672.html

May 17
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1129373363997171712.html

June 10
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1138070952166797312.html


Presiding Officer Jane Rothchild has until July 12th to hand her recommendation to DEP Commissioner Suuberg. Only with his signature can ANY permits be granted. This deadline was agreed to between MassDEP and Enbridge and is NOT a court order. Ms. Rothchild really pushed the original June 28th deadline during the hearing which was endlessly frustrating because it’s in Enbridge’s favor, not the people’s.

I’ll leave you with one more fun fact from the hearings and Itai Vardi’s research:

PERJURY

Who will do anything about this. The testimony everyone gave was “under the pains of perjury.” Will there be consequences?

Day #148/66 & 149/67

May 21 and 22

I didn’t bring anything with me to the Gov’s office other than my frustration and anger.

I should have brought these letters, but I just ran out of time. I don’t know if I can overstate how much of a hole (politically) the signees of these letters to Ms. Rothschild have dug for themselves with Gov Baker. It’s wonderful and sad and shows how much they care for the issue and citizens that they represent. They provide a leadership model for their peers AND superiors. Thank you so much.


DEP docs:

The first Alpha Analytical data dump file from May 17th

The “same” PDF from DEP from May 20th (hint: NOT the same)

I’m missing the original Alpha Analytics PDF.

Days 147/65 – GOV

May 20th

I’m back at the Governor’s waiting room for the foreseeable.

These two PDFs below are just some of the incredible work Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) has done to support Weymouth’s fight this year.

Please visit this link to see all of the news from GBPSR about the compressor

Regarding the public safety aspect, I re-made a tweet thread on the LEPC meeting that took place October 2018.

Days 144, 145, & 146

May 15, 16, 17 > Air Quality Hearing

https://weymouth.wickedlocal.com/news/20190516/professor-accuses-dep-of-accepting-enbridge-coaching-on-air-quality

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190516/expert-compressor-station-would-exceed-pollution-limits

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190518/dep-introduces-new-air-quality-data-in-weymouth-compressor-case?template=ampart

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/05/15/protesters-bolster-case-against-weymouth-compressor-station

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/05/16/two-days-into-weymouth-gas-compressor-hearings-safety-of-emissions-disputed

http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_32641694/dep-shows-new-air-quality-data-compressor-case

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190521/compressor-permit-based-on-incomplete-air-tests-state-says

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190520/state-regulators-blasted-for-withholding-fore-river-basin-air-data

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/05/20/hearing-officer-to-dep-tell-me-why-i-shouldnt-fine-you

https://podcasts.apple.com/gy/podcast/may-17-2019-state-house-takeout/id1373324277?i=1000438702777

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/05/18/a-hitch-in-the-weymouth-compressor-hearings

https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2019/05/21/weymouth-compressor-station-permit-incomplete-air-quality-tests-dep

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190522/agency-backpedals-on-compressor-station-study-findings

https://www.patriotledger.com/news/20190523/lawmakers-compressor-case-eroded-public-confidence-in-regulators

https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/05/22/massachusetts-dep-enbridge-weymouth-gas-compressor-air-permit-jeopardy

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1131582266205982720.html

Please follow Itai Vardi’s Twitter account for SO MUCH MORE information

LIVE TWEETS

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1128681963915812868.html

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1129015780031516672.html

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1129373363997171712.html