Media

For general media inquiries, contact Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator, katherine@betterfutureproject.org, 339-368-1318.

To reach local activists in each town along the march, contact Emily Kirkland, emily@betterfutureproject.org, 646-623-5271.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2016

Contact: Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator, 350 Mass for a Better Future, katherine@betterfutureproject.org(339) 368-1318

#PeopleOverPipelines March Concludes with Rally on State House Grand Staircase

 Boston--The #PeopleOverPipelines Grand Staircase rally concluded at 11 a.m. today after Senator Marc Pacheco and Senator Pat Jehlen addressed the crowd of 250 supporters who filled the steps of the Grand Staircase. Marchers and rally participants have continued on to the offices of Speaker of the House Robert Deleo, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Governor Charlie Baker to deliver a clear message that constituents support an energy bill that bans the pipeline tax. 

#PeopleOverPipelines marchers reached the State House at 4:15 yesterday (Sunday) following a climate justice rally at Ruggles on day 4 of a 43-mile trek that launched in Medway, MA on Thursday July 14 and followed the route of all three of Spectra Energy's current natural gas pipeline projects in Massachusetts: Access Northeast, Algonquin Incremental Expansion and Atlantic Bridge.  

Numerous elected officials joined activists on the march and during rallies en route, including US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Pat O'Connor, Representative James Murphy, Representative Angelo Scaccia, Representative Walter Timilty, Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Senator Pat Jehlen and Senator Marc Pacheco, Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.

In addition to Spectra Energy's new pipeline project, marchers were also protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to add a fee known as the “pipeline tax” to all Massachusetts ratepayers’ utility bills to finance the pipelines' construction.

The march was organized by 350 Mass for a Better Future and Mass Power Forward. Partnering organizations include Mothers Out Front, Mass Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Resist the Pipeline and other local anti-pipeline groups.

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast project includes 49 miles of proposed new pipeline. Widespread opposition to the project has sprung up due to its grave impacts on climate change, public safety, property values, and local environments.

On Thursday and Friday, marchers passed through some of the communities directly affected by Access Northeast, including Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton and Canton, where the pipeline has been met with well organized, highly motivated local opposition.

On Saturday, marchers held a rally at the West Roxbury Lateral Spectra Energy construction site where Karenna Gore was arrested last month, coordinating with Resist the Pipeline pipeline fighters who successfully stopped construction with a planned direct action.

According to a recent report released by Attorney General Maura Healey, new pipelines are not needed to meet Massachusetts’ energy demands, and will make it impossible for the state to meet its legal requirement to reduce carbon pollution.

“This is a big fight between the two most popular politicians in the state,” said Charley Blandy, a media volunteer for Better Future Project and co-editor of the Massachusetts political blog Blue Mass Group.  “Climate and energy are now a defining battle in Massachusetts politics. While AG Healey and a bipartisan group of legislators are mapping a clean energy future, Baker is defending a pipeline tax that no one seems to want.”  

Further imperiling Governor Baker’s pipeline tax proposal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in May that the Baker administration must set specific limits on various sources of greenhouse gases to comply with the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

“Investing in new natural gas pipelines will prevent the state from complying with the court’s order,” said Craig Altemose, executive director of Better Future Project.  “The fossil fuel industry is on its last legs. There is no place in Massachusetts for new natural gas infrastructure.  

Courtney Foster, a student at Bates College and a fellow at Better Future Project, cites the pipeline’s impact on communities at risk as a major cause of concern for many young people in the state.

“As a lifetime Massachusetts resident, I do not want that pipeline going through my backyard, or through anyone’s backyard.  Nobody deserves to have dangerous and polluting fossil fuel infrastructure in the vicinity of their home, particularly those in some of the pipeline’s targeted communities who are already marginalized due to race, socioeconomic background, or legal status.”

For more information about this important march, and to confirm the street routes and stop times, please visit www.PeopleOverPipelines.org

All photos licensed CC BY, so use freely:

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350 Mass for a Better Future organizer Emily Kirkland kicks off State House rally, 7/18/16

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#PeopleOverPipelines marchers approach Massachusetts State House on Tremont St., 7/17/16

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Representative Walter Timilty marches with #PeopleOverPipelines in Stoughton, 7/15/16


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2016

Contact: Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator, 350 Mass for a Better Future, katherine@betterfutureproject.org(339) 368-1318

#PeopleOverPipelines Marchers Arrive at State House as Legislators Debate Final Energy Bill

Boston--#PeopleOverPipelines marchers will reach the State House at 4:15 this afternoon following a climate justice rally at Ruggles on day 4 of a 43-mile trek that launched in Medway, MA on Thursday and follows the route of all three of Spectra Energy's current natural gas pipeline projects in Massachusetts: Access Northeast, Algonquin Incremental Expansion and Atlantic Bridge.  

Numerous elected officials have joined activists on the march and during rallies en route, including US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Pat O'Connor, Representative James Murphy, Representative Angelo Scaccia, Representative Walter Timilty and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu. Senators Pat Jehlen and Marc Pacheco, Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and other community leaders will address marchers at a State House rally on Monday.

Participants are also protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to add a fee known as the “pipeline tax” to all Massachusetts ratepayers’ utility bills to finance the pipelines' construction.

The march is organized by 350 Mass for a Better Future and Mass Power Forward. Partnering organizations include Mothers Out Front, Mass Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Resist the Pipeline and other local anti-pipeline groups.

Over 450 marchers have pledged to join the march en route.  

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast project includes 49 miles of proposed new pipeline. Widespread opposition to the project has sprung up due to its grave impacts on climate change, public safety, property values, and local environments.

On Thursday and Friday, marchers passed through some of the communities directly affected by Access Northeast, including Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton and Canton, where the pipeline has been met with well organized, highly motivated local opposition.

Yesterday, #PeopleOverPipelines marchers stopped in West Roxbury at the Spectra Energy construction site where Karenna Gore was arrested last month, coordinating with Resist the Pipeline pipeline fighters who successfully stopped construction with a planned direct action.

The march will conclude on Monday, July 18, with a final rally on the Grand Staircase inside the Massachusetts State House, where protesters will demand that state legislators and Governor Baker reject new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax. 

According to a recent report released by Attorney General Maura Healey, new pipelines are not needed to meet Massachusetts’ energy demands, and will make it impossible for the state to meet its legal requirement to reduce carbon pollution.

“This is a big fight between the two most popular politicians in the state,” said Charley Blandy, a media volunteer for Better Future Project and co-editor of the Massachusetts political blog Blue Mass Group.  “Climate and energy are now a defining battle in Massachusetts politics. While AG Healey and a bipartisan group of legislators are mapping a clean energy future, Baker is defending a pipeline tax that no one seems to want.”  

Further imperiling Governor Baker’s pipeline tax proposal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in May that the Baker administration must set specific limits on various sources of greenhouse gases to comply with the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

“Investing in new natural gas pipelines will prevent the state from complying with the court’s order,” said Craig Altemose, executive director of Better Future Project.  “The fossil fuel industry is on its last legs. There is no place in Massachusetts for new natural gas infrastructure.  

Courtney Foster, a student at Bates College and a fellow at Better Future Project, cites the pipeline’s impact on communities at risk as a major cause of concern for many young people in the state.

“As a lifetime Massachusetts resident, I do not want that pipeline going through my backyard, or through anyone’s backyard.  Nobody deserves to have dangerous and polluting fossil fuel infrastructure in the vicinity of their home, particularly those in some of the pipeline’s targeted communities who are already marginalized due to race, socioeconomic background, or legal status.”

For more information about this important march, and to confirm the street routes and stop times, please visit www.PeopleOverPipelines.org


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2016

Contact: Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator, 350 Mass for a Better Future, katherine@betterfutureproject.org(339) 368-1318

#PeopleOverPipelines Marchers Approach State House as Legislators Debate Final Energy Bill

Boston--#PeopleOverPipelines marchers reached the Boston neighborhood of West Roxbury this morning on day 3 of a 43-mile trek that launched in Medway, MA on Thursday and follows the route of all three of Spectra Energy's current natural gas pipeline projects in Massachusetts: Access Northeast, Algonquin Incremental Expansion and Atlantic Bridge. 

The marchers are also protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to add a fee known as the “pipeline tax” to all Massachusetts ratepayers’ utility bills to finance the pipelines' construction.

Numerous elected officials have joined activists on the march and during rallies en route, including US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Pat O'Connor, Representative James Murphy, Representative Angelo Scaccia, Representative Walter Timilty and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu. Senators Pat Jehlen and Marc Pacheco, Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and other community leaders will address marchers at a State House rally on Monday.

The march is organized by 350 Mass for a Better Future and Mass Power Forward. Partnering organizations include Mothers Out Front, Mass Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Resist the Pipeline and other local anti-pipeline groups.

Over 450 marchers have pledged to join the march en route.  

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast project includes 49 miles of proposed new pipeline. Widespread opposition to the project has sprung up due to its grave impacts on climate change, public safety, property values, and local environments.

On Thursday and Friday, marchers passed through some of the communities directly affected by Access Northeast, including Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton and Canton, where the pipeline has been met with well organized, highly motivated local opposition.

Today, #PeopleOverPipelines marchers stopped in West Roxbury at the Spectra Energy construction site where Karenna Gore was arrested last month, coordinating with Resist the Pipeline pipeline fighters who successfully stopped construction this morning with a planned direct action.

The march will conclude on Monday, July 18, with a final rally on the Grand Staircase inside the Massachusetts State House, where protesters will demand that state legislators and Governor Baker reject new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax. 

According to a recent report released by Attorney General Maura Healey, new pipelines are not needed to meet Massachusetts’ energy demands, and will make it impossible for the state to meet its legal requirement to reduce carbon pollution.

“This is a big fight between the two most popular politicians in the state,” said Charley Blandy, a media volunteer for Better Future Project and co-editor of the Massachusetts political blog Blue Mass Group.  “Climate and energy are now a defining battle in Massachusetts politics. While AG Healey and a bipartisan group of legislators are mapping a clean energy future, Baker is defending a pipeline tax that no one seems to want.”  

Further imperiling Governor Baker’s pipeline tax proposal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in May that the Baker administration must set specific limits on various sources of greenhouse gases to comply with the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

“Investing in new natural gas pipelines will prevent the state from complying with the court’s order,” said Craig Altemose, executive director of Better Future Project.  “The fossil fuel industry is on its last legs. There is no place in Massachusetts for new natural gas infrastructure.  

Courtney Foster, a student at Bates College and a fellow at Better Future Project, cites the pipeline’s impact on communities at risk as a major cause of concern for many young people in the state.

“As a lifetime Massachusetts resident, I do not want that pipeline going through my backyard, or through anyone’s backyard.  Nobody deserves to have dangerous and polluting fossil fuel infrastructure in the vicinity of their home, particularly those in some of the pipeline’s targeted communities who are already marginalized due to race, socioeconomic background, or legal status.”

For more information about this important march, and to confirm the street routes and stop times, please visit www.PeopleOverPipelines.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 14, 2016

Contact: Katherine Anderson, Communications Coordinator, 350 Mass for a Better Future, katherine@betterfutureproject.org, (339) 368-1318

#PeopleOverPipelines Protesters Launch 43-Mile March from Medway to State House

MEDWAY, MA-- 150 marchers gathered outside Medway Middle School this morning to kick off the ‘People Over Pipelines’ March, a 43-mile trek along the route of proposed natural gas pipeline project Access Northeast.

The marchers are also protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to add a fee known as the “pipeline tax” to all Massachusetts ratepayers’ utility bills to finance the pipeline’s construction.

The march is organized by 350 Mass for a Better Future and Mass Power Forward. Partnering organizations include Mothers Out Front, Mass Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Sierra Club, and community anti-pipeline groups.

Over 450 marchers have pledged to join the march en route.  

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast project includes 49 miles of new pipeline. Widespread opposition to the project has sprung up due to its grave impacts on climate change, public safety, property values, and local environments.

Marchers will pass through some of the communities directly affected by the proposed pipeline projects, including Norfolk, Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton, Canton, and Weymouth, where the pipeline has been met with well organized, highly motivated local opposition.

 On Saturday, #PeopleOverPipelines marchers will stop in West Roxbury at the Spectra Energy construction site where Karenna Gore was arrested last month, coordinating with Resist the Pipeline pipeline fighters who will engage in direct action to stop construction that day.

The march will conclude on Monday, July 18, with a final rally on the Grand Staircase inside the Massachusetts State House, where protesters will demand that state legislators and Governor Baker reject new gas pipelines and the pipeline tax. Senators Pat Jehlen and Marc Pacheco, Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and other community leaders will address the crowd.

According to a recent report released by Attorney General Maura Healey, new pipelines are not needed to meet Massachusetts’ energy demands, and will make it impossible for the state to meet its legal requirement to reduce carbon pollution.

“This is a big fight between the two most popular politicians in the state,” said Charley Blandy, a media volunteer for Better Future Project and co-editor of the Massachusetts political blog Blue Mass Group.  “Climate and energy are now a defining battle in Massachusetts politics. While AG Healey and a bipartisan group of legislators are mapping a clean energy future, Baker is defending a pipeline tax that no one seems to want.”  

Further imperiling Governor Baker’s pipeline tax proposal, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in May that the Baker administration must set specific limits on various sources of greenhouse gases to comply with the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

“Investing in new natural gas pipelines will prevent the state from complying with the court’s order,” said Craig Altemose, executive director of Better Future Project.  “The fossil fuel industry is on its last legs. There is no place in Massachusetts for new natural gas infrastructure.  

Courtney Foster, a student at Bates College and a fellow at Better Future Project, cites the pipeline’s impact on communities at risk as a major cause of concern for many young people in the state.

“As a lifetime Massachusetts resident, I do not want that pipeline going through my backyard, or through anyone’s backyard.  Nobody deserves to have dangerous and polluting fossil fuel infrastructure in the vicinity of their home, particularly those in some of the pipeline’s targeted communities who are already marginalized due to race, socioeconomic background, or legal status.”

For more information about this important march, and to confirm the street routes and stop times, please visit www.PeopleOverPipelines.org 


 MEDIA ADVISORY

July 5, 2016

 

 “People Over Pipelines" March Demands Climate Action from Baker and Legislature

Groups march 43 miles along Spectra Energy’s proposed pipeline projects to MA State House to highlight local opposition.

WHAT: Over 300 Massachusetts residents have pledged to march 43 miles along the route of Spectra’s proposed pipeline projects arriving at the Massachusetts State House to demand that Governor Baker and state lawmakers take a stand against new gas pipelines and the proposed “pipeline tax.”

WHERE: Medfield, MA, to the Massachusetts State House through Walpole, Sharon, Stoughton, Canton, Norwood, Dedham, Weymouth and neighborhoods of Boston.

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, to Monday, July 18

GREAT VISUALS! Scores of marchers including students, families and elders will carry a 10-foot-wide banner reading #PeopleOverPipelines, white sculptures of the iconic number “350” and a giant paper-mache pipeline. Upon arriving at the Massachusetts State House, marchers will gather on the Grand Staircase to demand action from Governor Baker and the state legislature.

BACKGROUND:

The Baker administration is moving forward with a proposal to charge Massachusetts ratepayers for Spectra Energy’s new natural gas pipeline project “Access Northeast.”

The "People Over Pipelines" march will highlight local opposition to Spectra's proposed gas pipelines and Baker's pipeline tax.

For more information about street routes and stop times, please visit www.PeopleOverPipelines.org