Here’s What You Can Do Now
Go to the No Sharon Gas Pipeline Facebook Page, where you will find the most up-to-date information, and “like” the page. Share with friends.
- Come to a meeting, held every second and fourth Monday of each month. 7 PM, Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary
- Make phone calls or write to:
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.
- Write letters
- Sharon Advocate Letters are due Friday by 5 PM for the following week’s issue. They have a 350 word limit.
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.
- Sign up for community solar at SharonSaves.org. Community solar comes through the electrical grid, so you don’t need to put panels on, or you can supplement your energy when your panels can’t keep up.