Puget Sound coordinator, Jeanine SanClemente and Dr. Francine Gaillour, physician and Founder of Physicians Climate Action Collaborative, had an opinion piece published in the Everett Herald!
"As mothers, we feel particularly compelled to speak up on climate change. Our kids will have to live in a world shaped by their parents’ and grandparents’ actions. We started local climate action groups, Mothers Out Front Puget Sound and Physicians Climate Action Collaborative, to compel our state to make a swift, just and complete transition to renewable fuels. We want to create a livable world for all children."
The Finger Lakes team co-coordinators, Katie and Lizzy (Elisa) and I (Lisa Marshall) met with a reporter for over an hour last week. He said he's thinking of writing two articles, one about the Dominion expansion and another about our grassroots organizing. Let's see if he does!
“I go to all these town board meetings and I listen to somebody who wants to build, say, 26 new apartments in Varna or something, and they have to jump through all these hoops to get through the special use permit process,” said Katie Quinn-Jacobs, team coordinator for local activists Mothers Out Front, who with the town have been leading the brunt of the opposition efforts. “Meanwhile this giant industrial plant isn’t doing that at all. We want the same protections the zoning – and the comprehensive plan – offered. We want that applied here.”
Congratulations to Lisa Marshall for keeping the pressure on her elected officials to act responsibly on climate change.
A family traveling through New York, met the Mothers Out Front Finger Lakes team and wrote about them in the Ithaca Journal!
"These moms have also done their historical research. There are three compressors at Borger Station, dating respectively from the 1980s, the 1990s and one from 2010. None have an oxidation catalyst, common technology to help clean contaminants out of emissions. Mothers Out Front believe it now falls to the local community needs to advocate for the best available technology to upgrade their equipment."
"Jessica Garrett of Somerville Mothers Out Front gave background on the issue and the MOF gas leaks campaign. 'There are more than 16,000 gas leaks in Massachusetts,' she said. 'Natural gas is 95 percent methane, a ‘greenhouse gas on steroids’ that is 86 times more damaging than carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere...and just 7 percent of the leaks that have been surveyed contribute 50 percent of total methane emissions.'”
After six months of concerted organizing efforts, the Finger Lakes Community Team had a HUGE win in its efforts to block the Dominion New Market gas expansion.
Just as Dominion Transmission was breaking ground to install new equipment at the Borger Compressor in the Town of Dryden, Town Supervisor, Jason Leifer and the Town of Dryden informed the Virginia-based gas giant that they were revoking two local permits and requiring Dominion to apply for a Special Use Permit in order to carry out expected modifications. This decision on the part of the town throws a monkey wrench into Dominion's plans for expanding the volume of gas flowing through this site by 100,000,000 cubic feet per day.
From Lisa Marshall, Mothers Out Front Southern Tier!
Janice Bretscher and her husband Tony live two houses down from Dominion's Borger compressor. Janice, a mom of two daughters who grew up in this house, is a volunteer leader on our team involved with the outreach to neighbors for a health study. Janice and Tony's house is heated with geothermal heat.
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Mothers Out Front - Somerville is making gas leaks history!
Join them for the Mothers Out Front Somerville Public Forum - Gas Leaks on May 20th and check out the news coverage below!
“'We can meet our energy needs in other ways by decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels,' she said. '[Gas leaks are] not worth the risk to residents or the environment.' - Bonnie Cohen, Mothers Out Front member and organizer of the Somerville event on Saturday.
With thanks and congratulations to the Somerville team for all you do!
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Read about Healther Friedman's rediscovery of what Mother's Day means to her.
VIDEO! Mothers Out Front sends a message to Massachusetts Governor Baker to take action to protect the environment; they fear for their children's future in a world that relies on coal and oil. "Protect Our Kids!"