Statewide Pipeline Protest Walk and Rally on Boston Common

 

July 30th – Boston Common Walk and Statehouse Rally –

Click here to see GCTV’s coverage of the speakers at the event

Boston Protesters Rally Against Gas Pipeline – AP piece at Boston.com

 

Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators Release Statements on the Pipeline Proposal:

“I oppose this pipeline as it is now proposed because it raises serious questions about whether it is too massive for Massachusetts’ energy needs, does not respect the rights and wishes of local residents, would worsen climate change, and could lead to the export of natural gas to foreign countries, raising prices for Massachusetts businesses and consumers.” – U.S. Senator Edward Markey

“I oppose the current Kinder-Morgan proposal and share many of the concerns that have been raised by Massachusetts families, businesses, conservation commissions and towns about the pipeline’s impact on their land and the environment. We must upgrade our energy infrastructure in ways that are consistent with Massachusetts’ commitment to environmental conservation, clean energy, and energy efficiency.” -U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Read Congressman Jim McGovern’s Pipeline Rally Statement here

Visit Stephen Wick’s blogFrom the Ground Up
‘This blog/vlog is my work in progress video sketchbook about a growing grass roots resistance movement and what I have been learning about the Northeast Energy Direct “natural” gas transmission pipeline project proposed by Tennessee Gas/Kinder Morgan.’

July 6th-26th: Statewide walk in opposition to the proposed pipeline – Read more here:

The walk went through Pepperell on July 22, with a hand-off to Groton along the banks of the Nashua River
Environmental legend Marion Stoddart joins pipeline walk in Pepperell – Sentinel and Enterprise, July 23, 2014

The Pepperell Walk ran smoothly, and seemed to be enjoyed by all, despite the 90 degree temperatures. Our intrepid group of walkers, maxed out with a headcount of over 80 men, women and children (and a few dogs), during the morning segment. At noon the group stopped at Pepperell Town Hall, and we had over 100 people (including a walking group from Hollis, NH, who walked north following a proposed line) line up for a group picture, holding signs and performing “No pipeline chants”.

Highlights included:

  • Stopping at the Pepperell Brick One Room School for a picture;
  • Stopping at one of the nicest vistas in Pepperell on Win and Pauline Duke’s farm, overlooking their hayfields and scenic pond. Their farm is one of the “places in peril”, as the Pipeline is proposed to pass between their home and pond;
  • Stopping for a loooonnnng water/energy bar/watermelon/orange slice/shade break in between Win’s and Paula Terrasi’s homes;
  • A similarly nice break at Vince and Denene Premus’s home, (impacted property owners) where Vince spoke passionately to the group about how the threat of the pipeline is affecting their lives.
  • A nice 3/8 mile walk across the Keyes Farm Conservation Area, one of Pepperell’s nicest conservation lands;
  • And lastly, completing the Walk on property owned by Paul and Mimi Matisse on the banks of the Nashua River. This property will also be directly impacted should the pipeline be approved. There we met Groton resident Marion Stoddart, founder of the Nashua River Watershed Association, who was then joined by nine (9) canoes and seven(7) kayaks, for the paddle across to the Groton side of the River.
  • Paula Terrasi and Russ Schott then made the hand-off of the symbolic Pipe to Groton residents Richard and Diane Hewitt and Nick Miller, at the stone boundary along the Ayer-Nashua Rail Trail/Bike Path. Groton’s Walk will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd.
  • Our total walking route was 5.1 miles, and our paddling route was .5 miles;
  • Many thanks to Stephen Wicks and his Partner Judy who gamely moved ahead of the Walkers and Paddlers and worked tirelessly to film the Walk and river crossing, and to Jeanne Nevard and other photographers, who took countless still photos. We hope to post photos once they are processed, later this week. Additionally the Pepperell Police and Fire Departments provided wonderful safety support during the Walk and the river crossing. – Russ Schott

 

July Anti Pipeline Walk schedule

Schedule for Rolling Walk Across the State

Sunday, July 20- Ashby –  Read more here –
Activists against pipeline reach Ashby, Townsend – Sentinel and Enterprise, July 21, 2014

July 21 – Townsend –Pipeline opponents march in Townsend – Lowell Sun, July 21, 2014

July 23 – Groton and Dunstable
Pipeline protest gains strength at Groton stop – Lowell Sun, July 23, 2014

 July 24 – Tyngsborough

Saturday, July 26 – Dracut – Relay ends, pipeline fight goes on

 

 

Related Articles:

Rally to Stop Pipeline Through Northern Massachusetts Planned on the Common – Boston Magazine, July 28, 2014

Massachusetts pipeline foes launch cross-state protest walk –
RICHMOND, Mass. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts have launched a protest walk across the state.
About 150 people started the walk Sunday in Richmond. The march was expected to make its way along the approximate path of the proposed pipeline through northern Massachusetts and end in Dracut on July 26.  Read more….

 

 

 

 

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