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15th of November 2019

Press Statement RE: Weymouth Compressor Receiving Baker Permit Approval

On January 25th 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a certificate of public necessity and convenience for Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion project. This project included a compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Since it was proposed in 2015 and till today, Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station and their allies at Mass Power Forward have fought long and hard.


11th of November 2019

This fight against fracked gas isn’t over

Michele Marantz had been preparing to get arrested in an act of civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline when the project was first called off in 2015. She didn’t know then that the pipeline fight would hit close to home. But just a few years later, new fracked gas projects were proposed in her hometown of Longmeadow, Mass. A metering station—the part of a pipeline that measures gas flow—was proposed to be built next to an elementary school.


23rd of October 2019

No Subsidies for Polluters

It’s past time to transition to clean, local, renewable energy. So why subsidize polluters? In New Hampshire, a subsidy for polluting energy almost became reality. Even though we have no time to waste on solving the climate crisis, the state has been trying to prop up dirty wood-burning biomass operations, with a fee on customers’ bills and funds meant for clean, renewable energy.


Add Your Voice to Stop Pesticides in MA

Neighbors are coming together in dozens of towns across Massachusetts to go pesticide-free—and so far, they’re winning. We know that local change happens when neighbors come together and take action. And we know that when people from dozens of towns join together, statewide action is possible.


When the Climate Fight is Close to Home

Last month, more than 6 million people took to the streets to demand action on climate in the largest-ever global climate mobilization. And in New Hampshire, residents came together to stop the coal-fired power plant in Bow, the last major coal-fired power plant in New England without an expiration date. People across the globe are rising up for climate action. But the fight is also happening right here on the ground in the Northeast, in communities dealing with the reality of dirty fossil fuel energy.


10th of October 2019

Registration is open for Local Environmental Action 2020

Our annual conference is back! Local Environmental Action 2020 will be on Saturday, March 7 in Boston, Mass. and you don’t want to miss it. Registration is officially open. Reserve your spot today!


13th of September 2019

Residents and Officials Stand in Opposition to the Holbrook Regional Trash Transfer Station on Anniversary of Lease Signing

Holbrook, Randolph and Braintree residents and local leaders joined together today at the Holbrook/Randolph Commuter Rail Station to voice their disapproval of the planned regional trash transfer station in Holbrook. Organizers said the group would now carry their message to the Holbrook Planning Board and Conservation Commission meetings next week and urge the town to finally reject the project after 10 years of active opposition.


Pat’s fight to stop pesticides

When she was a kid, Pat Keck would play with neighbors in the pond by her house, building rafts out of fallen logs during the summer and skating during the winter. Pat grew up on Field Pond in Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, Mass., in the same family house she lives in now. She also has childhood memories of toxic pesticides.


Coalition Calls for Triage and Transition Strategy

Gas Leaks Allies, a coalition of more than 25 organizations and researchers focused on reducing methane emissions, today released Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas System Safety in Massachusetts. The 68-page report identifies fundamental flaws in the gas distribution system that lead directly to unsafe situations and recommends feasible, cost-effective, short-term actions to improve public safety while transitioning to a renewable thermal energy system.


9th of September 2019

In Massachusetts and Vermont, Movements Grow Against Pesticides

When Ellen Anderson met Mary Jones, a community organizer with Toxics Action Center Campaigns, and learned about the work activists were doing to ban toxic pesticides in their towns, she was inspired to take action. The very next spring, Ellen and a team of other community members, with support from their local Conservation Commission and Petersham Grange, passed a resolution for Petersham, Massachusetts, to become a pollinator-friendly community.