Day #51

What a busy week this has been! Here are some links to TV coverage just in the past few days:

WCVB: last night’s protest

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NBC Boston: Last night’s protest

WBZ: Lakeville DEP office visit

While these stories are GREAT, and we’re all so excited for this issue to be getting attention on TV, there is an incorrect bit of information being repeated:
The Waterways permit
has not officially been issued. But we also can’t ignore the fact the STATE said YES as long as x, y and z are done. This is not just a federal decision.

In fact the state could have waited to make their written determination on Waterways AFTER Wetlands is actually determined so they could use all the findings and conclusions in their “unbiased” decision to issue the Waterways determination—like they said they were going to do at the public hearing last May.

So what prompted DEP to jump the gun and issue the written determination, and not wait for all facts and conclusions out of Wetlands? Maybe Spectra’s timeline—they want to start building the compressor station this November? What’s the public benefit, or benefit to “environmental protection”, to issue now and not wait for all the findings?”
— Becky Haugh, North Weymouth Town Councilor

What’s the public benefit, or benefit to “environmental protection”, to issue now and not wait for all the findings?

EXACTLY.

Right now Spectra is running your house, MassDEP, and serving Spectra is not the function of your agency.

All the Energy and Environmental Affairs agencies and departments should serve the health and well-being of the people and the land. Ostensibly, MassDEP exists to protect the environment, not to protect and enable private, for-profit companies like Spectra Energy.

There’s “standard industry practice” and then there’s giving away your agency’s power.

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Gov. Baker, you have the ultimate influence over the proposed compressor project, you cannot deny this any longer. Don’t let Spectra be the real Governor here. Step up and speak up and lead like you’ve done with federal-level Health Care repeal/replace criticisms. Step up and speak up and lead like you’ve done with taking a stand on the Paris Climate Agreement. Please.

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