The People Over Pipelines march from July 14 to 18 will pass through places affected by several specific gas infrastructure projects, including Spectra's Access Northeast pipeline, Spectra's Atlantic Bridge project, Spectra's proposed gas compressor station in Weymouth, and Spectra's West Roxbury Lateral.
Although we hope to bring attention to these specific projects, our ultimate goal is much larger: we want to show that the people of Massachusetts are opposed to all new fossil fuel infrastructure, wherever it's built, and demonstrate that the fight against new gas pipelines, power plants and compressors is part of a much larger fight for climate, racial, social, and economic justice.
Towards that end, we are also promoting two additional events in mid-July that will focus on opposition to other new gas infrastructure projects in Massachusetts:
People Over Pipelines - Acushnet - July 9
This short, one-day march will focus on the massive new liquified natural gas storage facility that's proposed in Acushnet, MA, as part of Spectra's Access Northeast project.
9:00 am: Meet at Casimir Pulaski Elementary School - 1097 Braley Road, New Bedford, MA
9:40-10 am: Rally, then embark on march
10:45 am: Arrive at site of proposed LNG facility
10:45-11:00 am: Rally
11:45 am: Arrive at Albert F Ford Middle School, 708 Middle Road, Acushnet
11:45-12:00 am: Closing ceremony/speeches/music
12:00-3:00 am: Picnic/activities/carpool people back to their cars as requested
For more details and to register, click here!
On Spectacle Pond: Resisting the Pipeline in Sandisfield
This action will happen in two locations and will focus on Kinder Morgan's Connecticut Expansion project, which includes 3.8 miles of new pipeline through the constitutionally-protected Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, MA. Join in one location or both!
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Meet at Great Barrington Gazebo on Main Street (behind Town Hall) for a rally featuring music, speakers, and the latest information
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Meet at Lower Spectacle Pond on Cold Spring Road in Sandisfield for a solidarity rally featuring local musicians and speakers. Kayaks and canoes welcome! Then, join others in heading to Boston for the final days of the main People Over Pipelines march.
This free event is sponsored by The Sugar Shack Alliance. Co-sponsors include Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposed to the Pipeline (STOP), Western Mass AFSC and Climate Action Now. For more details, click here.
In addition, we will also be promoting other upcoming social justice actions and events put on by our allies and partners -- stay tuned for more on that!