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As a mother of two amazing kids in the Capital Region, I strongly oppose National Grid's Albany Loop natural gas pipeline expansion project. It would have far-reaching health and environmental consequences for our communities, particularly in regard to our children's chance for a livable future and well-being.
Terrific coverage of the Mothers Out Front Acton Team's art exhibit to change the conversation about #methaneleaks and to make the invisible, visible.
According to Judith Aronstein of Mothers Out Front Acton, an environmental activist group dedicated to addressing climate change, a 2017 survey funded by the Acton Board of Selectmen and completed by Gas Safety USA measured the size of some 234 gas leaks in town. These leaks were reported over time by National Grid to town the town Department of Public Works.
Aronstein said Mothers Out Front wanted to “make the invisible, visible” by finding a way to visually represent those leaks and their size to town residents to help them see the number and size of those leaks and discuss their impact.
She said the display was about eight months in the making. It was marked Tuesday evening by about 30 residents and community leaders.
Following the recent news that the Cayuga Power Plant operators have abandoned their plan to convert from coal to gas, and instead develop a renewably powered data center, solar array and battery storage, Our Mothers Out Front community team held a community event to discuss the coming transition. More than 50 concerned citizens turned out to the Lansing Town Hall last night for our event, "Lansing Takes the Lead on Energy Transition."
Lauren Chambliss kicked off the meeting by telling the group how Lansing Community Team worked to engage the local community around the issue of the power plant saying, "I was really becoming a grandmother that convinced me with the support of Mothers Out Front to get over my fear and go door to door to talk to my neighbors about the Cayuga Power Plant."
Mothers Out Front NY in the news for their event on May 29th:
Mothers Out Front and Concerned Citizens of Lansing are hosting guest speaker Claire Muller, of Toxics Action Center in Massachusetts, to talk about a successful “Coal to Sol” transition in Massachusetts.
This is an important article outlining the recent events around the Weymouth Compress Station air permit process, with Mother Out Front Andee Krasner offering the closing quote.
The drama continued on Tuesday, when the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the agency contracted by the state to conduct the health impact assessment (HIA) that informed the air permit, essentially withdrew its support for the assessment’s original conclusion, which did not anticipate human health effects from building the fossil fuel facility. It was this conclusion that greenlighted the air permit.
Citing the newly revealed data, the MAPC said that “the conclusions of any HIA cannot be assumed to hold if new information comes forth, particularly new data that may suggest an increase in risks to people's health.”
In its statement, the MAPC called for considering the cumulative effects of the facility’s emissions, as well as investigating safety concerns and climate change impacts — issues that were beyond the scope of the original assessment.
Activists have been encouraging the MAPC to take a public stand against the assessment, at times excoriating the agency on social media.
“We appreciate the professional integrity that the MAPC demonstrated in making their statement,” said Andee Krasner of the group Mothers Out Front, following the agency’s statement. “As a public health professional, I was heartened to see that they included the need to understand the cumulative impact of the current pollution burden and emissions from new sources. There is ample data to demonstrate the compressor is a danger to health, a danger to safety, and will significantly add to greenhouse gases.”
Read the whole story here:
I was born and raised in New Haven and my family and friends reside in Connecticut. Although I live in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., I care about what happens in Connecticut. I now live in Dutchess County, N.Y., where the 1,100 megawatt Cricket Valley Energy Center located in Dover, to be completed by January 2020, will be emitting some 3.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, every year for the next 30 to 40 years of its natural life cycle. The people of western Connecticut are downwind and just a few miles away.
Please contact the governor of Connecticut and ask him to do more to protect us, and to lead the way toward investments in renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal — that don’t harm people or our environment. We have many solutions at our disposal, but the commitment and investments needed to end dependency on fossil fuel is not. The fossil fuel industry has seen to that through its deception and its lobbying influence.
Read the whole letter here:
MA - Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability
This opinion piece by Jesse Lederman is a nice tribute to the power of community organizing.
With the support of a coalition of organizations like the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Arise for Social Justice, Mother’s Out Front, and the statewide watchdog group HEET, we worked to bring the gas company together with local officials and community members, and in 2017 were able to announce a deal to repair these leaks over time, with a concerted focus on the largest leaks first. The announcement was the first of its kind in Massachusetts.
The Albany Times Union reached out to NYS Mothers Our Front Capital Region team for a reaction to the Williams Pipeline Water Quality permit denial and how that denial will impact the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop that is slated to begin its construction by the end of this summer. The newly formed Albany Mothers Out Front team is rapidly working on a strategic plan to oppose this pipeline.
Mothers Out Front is another local group that ties the expansion of natural gas pipelines to climate change.
Mothers Out Front in the Capital Region feels this decision on the Williams pipeline highlights the dangers the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop will have on the Hudson riverbed and surrounding communities if approved by the PSC," said local Mothers Out Front organizer Megan Root. "Similar to the Williams pipeline, National Grid has failed to present reliability and resiliency need for the E37 Albany Loop Pipeline to the communities it will serve.
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The power of mothers turns a potential "natural" gas plant into a DATA CENTER!
The Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing has announced some major changes to its operation. The Cayuga Power plant is looking to move away from re-powering with natural gas, but instead going in a whole different direction....
"Our strength is really tremendous in influencing decision makers. And so to see that the work we have been doing has really made a really noticeable difference is really empowering and really exciting," says Nora Brown, Activist with Mothers Out Front.
Watch the video news report here: