Mothers Out Front in Massachusetts held a rally with allies on July 31st to make sure that National Grid understood we wanted them to keep their promise to fix the gas leaks. We're grateful to the Boston Globe and the community for listening!
Protesters decked out in neon orange, yellow, and green vests called on National Grid to repair gas leaks across the state at a rally in Boston on Wednesday.
Members of Mothers Out Front, Gas Leaks Allies, the Sierra Club, and other environmental groups gathered between the MBTA’s Government Center Station and the John F. Kennedy Federal Building to bring attention to the problem, a waste of energy and a significant contributor to climate change.
Organizers said the rally was held at a site of a major leak near the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Protesters held signs with large letters that spelled #FIXBIGGASLEAKS for a drone that took pictures from above, and many pointed to a dead tree at the center of the circle as evidence of the nearby leak.
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Mothers Out Front Concord takes it to the source! Congratulations to the team on being #inthenews and changing the conversation! Thank you to Concord Wicked Local for covering this issue.
“We’re here to hold them accountable, make them comply with the regulations and to keep their promises to measure and fix these gas leaks,” Davis said. “The reason we’re so fired up about this is because they’re over 16,000 gas leaks in the state of Massachusetts. And the methane that leaks out is 10 percent of our emissions in the state. It’s the same amount of emissions that all the business and stores in the whole state (discharge). It’s a huge greenhouse gas emitter.”
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Mothers Out Front Somerville is taking on National Grid, together with other teams throughout Massachusetts, to #FixBigGasLeaks!
“I’ve been in the same house for the last nine years and, like every other resident in East Somerville, I’m in National Grid territory,” she said. “I’ve known for years about gas leaks in the area — it’s been an ongoing problem for 20 years — but I started getting involved in Mothers Out Front in Somerville because I knew they were raising awareness about leaks as a safety threat and an environmental threat.”
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“Permitting this dangerous and toxic facility next to neighborhoods where residents raise families, send their children to school, and build communities is deeply negligent,” said Susan Lees of Mothers Out Front, an environmental activist group. “Governor Baker must show that he has the backbone to stand up to large energy corporations and intervene in this broken permitting process.”
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Lisa Marshall isn’t your typical activist. For one thing, she’s not into crowds. “I don’t really like rallies,” Marshall, a mom of three from upstate New York, said. “They’re a little stressful — not my favorite thing.”
Marshall, who has two degrees in earth science, remembers being concerned about fossil fuels when New York activists began to push Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to ban fracking in the early 2010s. But she didn’t know the best way to become involved. “At that time, one of the main strategies, which was very effective in New York, was to just show up wherever [Cuomo] was and make sure he had no peace from the activist community until he banned fracking,” she said. “It just was very overwhelming.”
Then, at one of her first organizing events for the activist group Mothers Out Front, Marshall realized that organizing wasn’t just about making noise.
MA - WORCESTER! We want to send a huge shoutout to Mothers Out Front Worcester for their incredible progress on gas leaks this month, including TV press coverage (below), interviewing Gaylen Moore and Patricia Kirkpatrick. The team has been working to get gas leaks fixed at elementary schools and to highlight the health risks of gas, particularly for children. Worcester has one of the highest rates of asthma in the nation.
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Thank you to Bill Shaner for echoing our thoughts and for your support. Congratulations on the published editorial!
That’s why I was encouraged to see the local environmental activist group Mothers Out Front take to the Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services earlier this week to demand that Eversource, the city’s natural gas supplier, fix all leaks in and around city schools. In the past, they’ve also petitioned the School Committee, the school administration and brought in a gas leak expert to tour the grounds of city buildings with a specialized car to detect leaks.
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THANK YOU to WBUR for this incredible resource on the Weymouth Compressor Station story. In their words, "whether you've been reading about the issue for years and have questions, or are hearing about the project for the first time, here's what you need to know." We agree.
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Mothers Out Front Worcester took to City Hall on June 17th to demand that Eversource repair 5 leaks near schools!
During the hearing, residents and Mothers Out Front volunteers spoke about their personal experiences with gas leaks in the city. Worcester resident and Mothers Out Front volunteer Rhonda Wahya Hicks said she couldn’t sleep when a leak was discovered at her granddaughter’s school.
“I’m very angry that it’s taken so long. We’ve been fighting this for a while. Why is it taking this long?” she said during the meeting. “Anything that has the words gas leaks and schools should not even be a public forum. It should already be taken care of. We shouldn’t have to do any kind of talking.”
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Find out about one mom's view of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Capital Region of NY:
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.