Here’s What You Can Do Now

Work with NSGP on community choice aggregation (CCA) for Sharon. CCA would allow Sharon to become a single bargaining unit of electric customers. There are a lot of good reasons to become a CCA town, include the ease of transition and the bargaining power it gives us to increase our renewable energy, which reduces the need for the fracked gas that pipelines such as the Access Northeast would hold. Most importantly, please come to town meeting on May 7 and vote yes on CCA. Read more about it on our Sharon Initiatives page or contact us if you want to join the ad hoc committee.

In addition to helping CCA happen in Sharon, there are lots of ways to help prevent the pipeline.

Sample script for Governor Baker:

I am a constituent calling Governor Baker today to request that he withdraws his support for the Enbridge/Spectra pipeline projects in Massachusetts, including the Weymouth compressor station. Any new pipelines built would immediately put us over environmental protection mandates in the Global Warming Solutions Act.

Sample letter to the editor:

Whose side are you on, Governor Baker?

Industry propaganda touts natural gas as cleaner than other fossil fuels (Baker pushes on gas facility, 7/18/17). Sure, gas burns cleaner, but the impact of leaked methane, a potent greenhouse gas, must also be taken into account. If just 3% of the gas escapes into the atmosphere along the supply chain, then it causes as much global warming as burning coal. A Harvard study estimated gas leakage at about 2.7% of all gas delivered to the region (Leaks in Boston area gas pipes exceed estimates, 1/22/15).

Massachusetts’ aging gas infrastructure is riddled with gas leaks, many of them decades old (Project reveals 20,000 leaks in Mass. gas lines, 8/21/15). Rather than fixing those leaks, gas company executives, who are paid millions, are proposing a 7,700 horsepower compressor station in Weymouth to pump gas to LNG terminals in Nova Scotia and export it to foreign markets where they can get a higher price than here in New England.

Governor Baker should demonstrate his commitment to fighting global warming by helping Weymouth residents stop the compressor station, which has nothing to do with the clean energy needs of Massachusetts and everything to do with gas company profits.

Paul Lauenstein
Sharon, MA

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