June 27th. I’m counting today as a “sit with” because WHY NOT.
It was one of those days. One of those days when you realize your tiny shred of hope was groundless, even though AG Healey is still paying close attention.
DEP’s Presiding Officer Jane Rothchild has not only made her recommendation for Enbridge, she’s made ridiculous requests (2 blowdowns per year, operationally unworkable for a compressor) and arbitrary/vindictive striking out of petitioner testimony as well (page 33, footnote). The decision PDF is here:
I mean, we aren’t dumb. We know all of the DEP permits will eventually be handed over to Enbridge. It’s been made very clear to us (AND the media) that Gov Charlie Baker and his DEP are participants in regulatory capture. We can only hope for justice in the MA courts, although Baker has packed the courts with his judges in record numbers since his election.
If you stopped slobbering over this ruling long enough to find out what the actual status was, you’d find that NO permits have been issued for this project. You’d also know that when permits are issued (we’re not naive) there’ll be a ton of court cases holding this thing up.
So, what did I do June 27th? I skipped the Gov’s office—Baker is conveniently overseas right now, before a holiday week) I went to pay Elizabeth Warren’s office my first visit. 24th floor, yo.
Here what I left :
Dear Senator Warren and staff:
I know y’all are super busy.
May I please ask something of Senator Warren: would she please tweet a short thought about what’s happening in the Fore River Basin (pls see attached Globe story, 1)? I have emailed Darien, and he has said he’ll look into it, but I felt I also better follow up 🙂
It looks like Weymouth and the Fore River Area is going to get an air permit for the compressor shoved on us despite MassDEP lying to us, and then saying it’s no big deal that ambient air toxins in the area are already way over DEP/EPA limits. Even Maura Healey is edging towards involvement (pls see attached story, 2).
It would be immense for us in the Basin if Sen Warren was able to help amplify an ongoing injustice when the compressor fight is at a critical juncture. MassDEP Presiding Officer Rothchild issued her ruling on our air permit appeal yesterday, in favor of granting the appeal. It’s now in DEP commissioner Suuberg’s court to sign his approval… or not. (pls see attached story, 3)
Sen Warren’s involvement in this compressor fight has been invaluable and we need her again for as long as it takes to tweet.
Thank you for your consideration!
PS: I have been staging a sit-in off an on since 2017 at Gov. Baker’s office, and although I was successful at helping move him to action in 2017, I am hitting a 6’6” brick wall right now. Baker is the only one who is for this compressor, and he is the boss of the only agencies who can lawfully say NO to this compressor project. It’s been 160 days.
Hail Mary ask: would it be possible, at any time, for Senator Warren to sit with me for 5 minutes at the state house one day? I know the answer to this question but asking doesn’t hurt.
LOL, I know this is ALL the longest shot possible, but it never hurts to ask… repeatedly.
ONE MORE THING
Our always honest Mayor Hedlund had this on his Facebook feed as a comment on the DEP ruling: