Here’s a great and well planned call to action by ENE, an environmental think-tank that has been putting the need for the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline under the microscope. The bill, H.4187 that would have allowed the tariff to pay for the pipeline is hitting the Legislature and, thanks to pressure already put on by various forces opposing the pipeline, vague language that would have allowed ISO NE and NESCOE easily put the plan through was removed before ever leaving committee.
Banning the tariff could pull the financial rug out from under this pipeline!
Your action is crucial.
There are more changes that could help strengthen this bill even more and we need everyone to contact their legislators now to make them happen. Read ENE’s well thought-out plan below, read the overview of the issue ( http://wp.me/a4lch5-NB ) and used this link to find your Legislator’s contact information ( https://malegislature.gov/ – It’s as simple as punching in your zip code in the Find a Legislator section near the top center of the page).
Spread the word, and don’t forget your friends and relatives in major metro areas.
Rose [ NoFrackedGasInMass.org]
Thanks to widespread concern voiced to Committee leaders, the latest version of this legislation removes vague language that would have authorized NESCOE and ISO to act on behalf of MA to enhance regional energy infrastructure (seen as a reference to the proposed tariff under which ratepayers would foot the bill for construction of the pipeline). While there are still more changes that need to be made to this bill, it’s worth supporting with those changes rather than flat out opposing.
The next step on the natural gas piece is to require a study of alternatives that could reduce or avoid the need for new pipeline capacity and meet our energy needs at lower risk to consumers, the climate, and the local environment. The best way to get this study included in the legislation is to contact legislators from the pipeline route and other legislative allies in order to get them to include it in the bill. Now that the bill has been reported out of the joint Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, it moves to the House of Representatives. However, with a short amount of time left in the legislative calendar (session officially over at the end of July) and powerful Senators from W. Mass (Downing and Rosenberg) outreach should not be limited to the House, but rather should take in all key legislators. The more calls and emails that go in the better!
Suggested talking points below for input to legislators. Also, view the fact sheet linked below for further explanation.
· Concern about the pipeline is widespread (add specific concerns or note related activities).
· States have acknowledged that pipeline capacity may not be needed if we invest in clean energy alternatives
· States have yet to compare the cost of clean energy alternatives to the cost of pipelines (same reference as above).
· In order to compare these costs, the Clean Energy Resources bill should require a study of alternatives to natural gas pipelines.
· If this study is not required states may use existing authority to move ahead with the pipeline without considering lower-risk alternatives.