MA - Mothers Out Front is supporting the community of Weymouth in their fight to stop a compressor station from being built in their community.
Paola Massoli of Somerville had her letter to the editor published in the Boston Herald. Scroll down to the letter entitled "Pipeline Plant Pollutes," or read it below:
Pipeline plant pollutes
Gov. Charlie Baker finally decided to listen to the concerns of his constituents about the Weymouth natural gas compressor station (“Baker orders state reviews of proposed natural gas station,” July 18).
The credit goes to the persistent efforts of citizens to oppose the construction of this polluting monster in their backyard.
If the state agencies conduct a rigorous review, they will find that compressor stations are a significant source of nitrogen dioxide (a lung irritant) and a plethora of volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde. That’s along with greenhouse gas emissions.
Add significant levels of noise to that, and you can see why many people are concerned. I would not want that near my house.
Baker needs to act to stop the construction of the compressor station.
— Paola Massoli, Somerville
Mothers Out Front Elmira NY is already on the local news! Click below to watch the news report on WNEY.
"We are thankful to Mayor Dan Mandell and to the City Council for inviting us to present to them today about the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program. They can take the first step by adopting a resolution at Monday's City Council meeting for a Unified Solar Permit. A healthy future for our kids depends on the willingness of our leaders to act." - Heather Stanton Elmira Community Team Coordinator
Mothers Out Front Amherst participated in Northampton's "Interdependence" Day and became part of the video and the news coverage! See Andra handing out capes at 1:05, a closeup of Karen at 1:25 and we think that might be Madeleine appearing toward the end!.
"Andra Rose, a coordinator with Mothers Out Front, said that she hoped the event would inspire people to take individual action around climate change."
Mothers Out Front and Climate Action Now went to the health board meetings in Amherst and Northampton in June. We wrote this letter to the editor for our local paper. It's signed by Mothers Out Front leaders Sarah Partan (Northampton) and Suzanne Theberge (Amherst).
"In April 2017, the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards wrote to the 351 boards of health in the commonwealth asking them to consider signing a joint letter to Gov. Charlie Baker about the health risks of fracked gas infrastructure (pipelines and compressor stations) and the importance of supporting clean renewable energy instead of more fossil fuel infrastructure."
READ the letter to the editor by Kristina Phillipson, Mothers out Front, Bedford!
"As parents, we worry when children play in areas where they could face prolonged exposure to leaking methane. Mothers Out Front has raised awareness about leaks and currently tracks both progress and plans for remediation. Coordination between National Grid and town government on gas main replacements and fixes has improved, but the largest emitters (based on smell) remain unfixed because National Grid’s measurement tools do not identify them as imminently hazardous. In the face of conflicting measurements, we appreciate that National Grid and others are voluntarily working with nearby towns to improve accuracy."
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.'”