First Universalist Society in Franklin

TURNOUT May 14 to Oppose Gas Pipeline

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Jonathan Wiggs Photo from Boston

TURNOUT May 14 to Oppose Gas Pipeline

Hi all,
We really need a BIG turnout for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Scoping Hearing happening next Thursday, May 14!  FERC and Spectra Energy will use the hearing turnout as a gauge on how much opposition there is against this pipeline!  If we have a paltry number, they will think the communities want it.
Do we really want this pipeline going through our communities–with its potential for leaks/explosions, additional utility charges for its construction, unnecessary existence because the state can use LNG, raised gas prices because it will be exported, nasty fracking chemicals, and lowered property values, not to mention that it will make the climate crisis worse for our children?
This is your opportunity to tell them you don’t want this pipeline!
If anyone wants to submit verbal comments (three minutes max) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Spectra Atlantic Bridge pipeline project going through Bellingham, Franklin and Medway, you can attend the Scoping Hearing on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham, 835 Upper Union St, Franklin.  The doors open at 5:30 and people can sign in to make comments.
The kinds of comments they’re looking for at this point are requests for research of different kinds to be done: environmental, health, safety, endangered species, etc.  You want to make the comments as cumulative and global as possible and not just specific to this project, e.g., we want a FULL Environmental Impact Report AND a FULL review of all pipelines in the state for their cumulative impact.
There will the opportunity for people to submit scoping comments electronically through June 11, if you absolutely cannot make the May 14 meeting.  If you want to do that, please let me know and I can help you.
This is where the rubber meets the road, guys!  Can you help?
Please let me know if you’re planning to come.

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