This article doesn’t mention my action specifically, but parts of it talk all around it, LOL:
Baker facing mounting pressure on Weymouth gas facility
Opposition in the pipeline: Kinder Morgan pulled the plug on its big New England pipeline, and a court ruling sidelined Spectra Energy’s proposal. But that was just Round 1 in the state’s pipeline wars. Now, comes Round 2. (referenced link within this article)
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BAKER MAY VISIT WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR STATION SITE by Katie Lannan, SHNS
Baker orders state to investigate compressor station issues by Michael Norton, SHNS (picked up by Boston Business Journal)
Adjacent to my action:
STAND-INS PLANNED TO PRESS BAKER ON FOSSIL FUELS
Massachusetts is pursuing clean energy sources through its 2016 offshore wind law and its 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, as well as a recent executive order signed by Gov. Charlie Baker and its membership in a ten-year-old regional compact that extracts emissions reductions from the power sector. And after President Trump dropped the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Baker pledged to work with states aiming to exceed that accord’s goals.
But members of a broad coalition on Wednesday will visit the Corner Office and press Baker to do more.
According to Joel Wool, an energy advocate at Clean Water Action, Mass Power Forward plans to launch a series of lunchtime stand-ins outside Baker’s office aimed at urging Baker to release a new executive order to cease all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Massachusetts.
While state officials say Massachusetts is on track to exceed legally required emission reductions, Wool says meeting reduction requirements beyond 2020 will be jeopardized if new natural gas projects are permitted. Wool says Baker can use the state’s permitting powers, more aggressively pursue power grid changes to accommodate clean energy, and follow the lead of states he said are more hospitable to clean energy like California, Hawaii and New York.
In the face of local concerns, the Baker administration agreed to conduct a public health review of a planned natural gas compressor station after Weymouth resident Andrea Honore repeatedly visited Baker’s office. The coalition, which includes 350 Mass, the Toxics Action Center and the Mass Sierra Club, cite Honore’s advocacy as the reason they decided to adopt the stand-in approach. The stand-in begins at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
– Michael P. Norton/SHNS
9/11/2017 12:26:55 PM
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THE PATRIOT LEDGER
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As part of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station’s commercial (I also collaborated on this commercial’s creation)
April 7, 2017
Sit-in at Massachusetts Governor’s Office
Despite FERC’s approval of Atlantic Bridge, opponents of the project are keeping up their fight, as they pin their hopes on several outstanding certificates on the state level. One activist, Andrea Honore from Weymouth, Massachusetts, where one of Atlantic Bridge’s compressor stations will be built, has been sitting in daily at the entrance to the office of Governor Charlie Baker since early March.
Honore is hoping to sway Gov. Baker to intervene against the project, which he has staunchly supported since taking office in 2015.
“The governor’s lack of action on behalf of his constituents, combined with a consistent and glaring lack of communication was humiliating and insulting,” said Honore.
Honore, as documented on her blog, has yet to receive a meeting with the governor. As DeSmog previously reported, Baker has close ties to Spectra’s lobbying and legal firm in Massachusetts, Mintz Levin.
Those who are attempting to stop Atlantic Bridge, like Honore, are facing an increasingly formidable opponent. In February, Canadian energy giant Enbridge purchased Spectra, making it the largest oil and gas pipeline and infrastructure company in North America.
May 9, 2017
Lobbyists Have Access Denied to Massachusetts Residents
According to state lobbying disclosures, Spectra paid Dewey Square Group $125,000 in 2015 for its services. Since 2013 Keegan Werlin received over $150,000 from Spectra for its lobbying efforts.
As DeSmog previously reported, individuals working for another of Spectra’s Massachusetts lobbying firms, ML Strategies, have close ties to Governor Baker. The firm’s parent company, the law firm of Mintz Levin, has been providing legal and permitting services for Spectra. At the same time, Baker’s political campaign has recently employed the legal services of Mintz Levin.
And while Spectra’s lobbyists have easy access to top state officials, others have found it hard to gain the attention of key policymakers. As previously reported, Weymouth resident Andrea Honore has been sitting in Governor Baker’s office for over 40 consecutive days in an attempt to convince him to actively oppose the gas compressor project in her town. Honore has yet to receive a meeting with the governor.
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts EEA did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did Spectra lobbyists Tom McShane and Jon Bonsall.
Protesters at the meeting blasted the DEP for what they claim is a bias toward Spectra.
“I can understand that sometimes the DEP would follow up with an applicant to make sure the scope of the project hasn’t changed, etc.,” said Weymouth resident Andrea Honore. “What I cannot fathom is the DEP handing over the draft to Spectra and its lawyer saying ‘have at it.’ Right now, Spectra is running your house and I have to say that serving Spectra is not the function of your agency.”
POLITICO — Massachusetts Playbook
HELLO GUVNAH — “What do people call Baker about? The Weymouth natural gas compressor station, for starters,” by Laura Krantz, Boston Globe: “But the story got people stirred up, and into our inbox trickled notes from readers. It turns out the governor is getting a lot of calls from the South Shore, where folks are fuming over a possible natural gas compressor station in Weymouth. Federal energy regulators approved a proposal for the station in January, despite vehement objections from residents, local officials, and members of the congressional delegation, who warned it will jeopardize the town’s health and safety.”
ON THE STUMP — “Gubernatorial candidates join compressor station opposition,” by Michael P. Norton, State House News Service: “Candidate for governor Setti Warren visited the site of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth on Tuesday and afterwards issued a statement calling the Spectra Energy project a “mistake for Massachusetts” and chiding Gov. Charlie Baker for not opposing it. Former Patrick administration budget chief Jay Gonzalez of Needham and environmental activist Robert Massie of Somerville are competing against Warren for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Earlier this month, Gonzalez issued a statement opposing the project and Massie, project opponents say, has already visited the site and opposes the station’s construction.”
“Baker facing mounting pressure on Weymouth gas facility,” by Jim O’Sullivan, Boston Globe: “Governor Charlie Baker, facing mounting political resistance to a proposed South Shore natural gas facility, said Monday that the state has limited authority to support local sentiment to block the project. ‘The state does have a role to play, although we play it under federal rules,’ Baker said, referring to a labyrinth of permitting processes on both the state and federal level.”
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS on the WEYMOUTH COMPRESSOR and/or MY ACTION
Opposed, but no statement yet.