Day #47

Low key day, except for meeting the co-founder of Mother’s Out Front, Vanessa R. She came to sit with me and we had a good talk getting to know each other. Thank you to Vanessa for coming to sit with me! (that’s the lovely Joyce opening the door in the background, there)

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Today’s note was a simple one: a copy of the Senate Bill S.469 and a news article about the hearing for this bill, among other energy bills. Pertinent part of the bill:

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no new natural gas compressor stations shall be located in an area which is less than 0.5 miles in linear distance from: (i) a playground;(ii) a licensed day care center; (iii) a school; (iv) a church; (v) an environmental justice population neighborhood; (vi) an area of critical environmental concern as determined by the secretary of environmental affairs under 301 CMR 12.00; (vii) a waterway preserved and protected for water-dependent uses under chapter 91; or (viii) an area occupied by residential housing. Linear distance shall be measured from any point along a natural gas compressor station to the outermost point of buildings or areas in clauses (i) to (viii), inclusive; provided, however, that repairs or replacements that do not increase the capacity of a natural gas compressor station in operation prior to January 1, 2018, shall not be subject to this section.

Pertinent parts of the news article:

Environmentalists far outnumbered oil lobbyists in the hearing room where they touted proposals to restrict the siting of gas pipeline infrastructure and require the tracking of fuel from the oil field to the gas pump.

A bipartisan group of South Shore lawmakers testified in favor of Weymouth Republican Sen. Patrick O’Connor’s bill (S 469) seeking to bar the siting of compressor stations – which are used to keep gas flowing through pipelines – within half a mile of schools, playgrounds and other locations.

Dr. Olivia Lanna, who has a master’s degree in cellular biology, said studies are underway to more conclusively link ailments to compressor stations but contended there is already enough evidence to keep them away from people.

“The proof that they’re claiming doesn’t exist will take a while. So sometimes you have to be a leader and say, ‘We see what’s happening. It’s clear why it’s happening because of what we know happens at the molecular and cellular level,’ and then you have to use your deductive reasoning before – not after – seven, 14 years of study come out,” Lanna told the News Service. She said, “The clinicians see what’s happening, and experience the increased asthma, allergies and fibrosis, and all these bizarre cancers.”

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