Day #124 (late) (and 123)

I’m just so tired sometimes after I get home, and the kids are in bed… late post, again.

March 29th
MA Attorney General Maura Healey was on an hour-long WGBH/BPR segment she does every once and a while where she takes questions. Ask The AG, if you will. I decided to call in with a question.

Question taken on the air during March 29 “Ask the AG” Boston Public Radio segment

I asked:

MA leadership is aware that the state will not make 2020’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as laid out in the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

With the strong potential for 5* new gas infrastructure projects being built in MA, the GWSA goals are further imperiled.

Given the attitude regarding fossil fuel use in the federal government right now, how can we ensure State enforcement – especially regarding permitting agencies as they are required consider “consider reasonably foreseeable climate change impacts, including additional greenhouse gas emissions, and effects, such as predicted sea level rise.”?

*5 NEW gas projects proposed in Massachusetts at the moment:

  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)’s “261 Upgrade Projects” to expand Agawam compressor & add loop to Lateral
  • Weymouth compressor
  • Columbia Gas “Reliability Plan” for Greater Springfield Service Area since impacts West Springfield, Springfield, Agawam and Longmeadow
  • Lowell modernization
  • Charlton LNG facility, Liberty Energy Trust

IN OTHER WORDS:

What happens if the State doesn’t follow its own laws? How do citizens make sure the State follows its own laws?

Oh, right. The courts.

Not acceptable. Follow Ma’s laws, especially GWSA of 2008.

I brought these two PDFs with me to remind Gov Baker that the courts ruled that GWSA must be enforced.

I just realized I left out Day #123. Heh, I didn’t bring anything.

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