Other Hearings, Forums, and Meetings

  • May 23, 2016  DPU Hearing, Walpole High School, Walpole, 7:00 PM
  • May 24, 2016  Town Officials meeting for Q1 Loop, Sharon Community Center, Sharon, 7:00 PM
  • May 25, 2016  Upton Selectmen pipeline forum, Upton Town Hall, Upton, 6:00 PM
  • June 9, 2016    Pipeline presentation, Milford Library, Milford, 7:00 PM

MAY  MA Energy Facilities Siting Board Hearings

  • Monday 5/2 Grafton High School 7pm
  • Monday 5/9 Walpole High School 7pm
  • Wednesday 5/11 Abigail Adams Middle School, Weymouth 7pm
  • Thursday 5/12 Ford Middle School, Acushnet 7pm

These are NOT FERC hearings/scoping hearings. They are different. The state wants to hear directly from YOU.

They are another opportunity to:
a) get media with our message out
b) demonstrate to local/state/federal elected officials that the public doesn’t want this
c) get local/state electors to come and testify
d) educate public

Some of the best ways to do that are:
a) prepare compelling testimony (submit the dry stuff in writing later)
b) control the room by all wearing the same color, or stickers. Sit together
c) set up a table in the school, its public!


Public Info Session SPL 4-19


This is a free public forum to learn how the pipeline will affect us, why it’s not needed, and what you can do to stop it. Panel discussion on Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast proposal.

Thursday, April 7
Sharon High School Auditorium
181 Pond Street, Sharon
For more information, go to Access Northeast Pipeline Forum

Here’s the flyer for it – NSGP FORUM FLYER revised 3-4-16


There will be a public hearing in Boston related to electric companies’ proposals to enter gas capacity agreements.  This public hearing will be held on March 10, 2016, at the Department’s offices, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110 at 2:00 p.m.  This meeting is for two related dockets (D.P.U. 16-05 and D.P.U. 16-07), in which National Grid is proposing to enter into agreements similar to what Eversource has proposed.  The public can make comments. If you have comments specific to Eversource’s petition (D.P.U. 15-181), you may still make them there.  Please just specifically reference that your comments are regarding Eversource’s petition.  

This is a letter from Karina Wilkinson of Food and Water Watch in Massachusetts:

Do Weymouth or any of the other towns on the Access Northeast route want to try to intervene in Eversource’s petition to the DPU? Do any of your groups want to ask for an extension to the February 25th deadline to give more groups and towns time to consider it?  You can send comments to the docket until February 25th at this point. See the link below.

It would be very helpful if municipalities on the Access Northeast project line would intervene in Eversource’s petition to the DPU to be allowed to contract for the gas with Spectra/Algonquin and to impose a tariff on ratepayers to pay for the project.  Intervene and oppose it.The Notice from the DPU is here and it includes information on how to comment or intervene.  The deadline is very close, Feb. 25th, though there will be a second hearing in Walpole on May 23rd.


Spectra says that they will hold Open Houses in January in order to provide updated information concerning the Access Northeast Project to landowners, public officials and interested stakeholders.  The Open Houses are designed to enable people to get their questions answered by Project representatives.  In addition, since there is no formal speaking program, individuals may arrive at any time during the hours listed.  FERC representatives will also be in attendance and will be available to speak with attendees.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Four Points Sheraton
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA
Thursday, January 21, 2016
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
835 Union St.
Franklin, MA
They are lumping MILFORD (and strangely enough MEDWAY again) into the West Boylston 16-inch lateral pipeline called the West Boylston Lateral:
Monday, January 25, 2016
Highfields Golf & Country Club
42 Magill Drive
Grafton, MA
For those of you live on the east end of the Q1 Loop, there’s a piece of pipeline also proposed in Quincy and Braintree as well as the compressor station in Weymouth.  If you’d like to support their fight as well:
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Boston Marriott Quincy
1000 Marriott Drive
Quincy, MA
If you want to attend any other Open Houses to show support for other towns, here’s some basic information.  Let me know if you want more details:
Wednesday, January 20: Rehoboth
Thursday, January 21: Burrillville, RI
Tuesday, January 26: Freetown/Acushnet/New Bedford


Wednesday, January 6, 2016
7:00 PM
Municipal Building, 355 E Central Street, Franklin, MA
Sharon Board of Selectmen meeting
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Sharon Community Center, 219 Massapoag Ave, Sharon, MA


2:00 p.m., November 29, 2015
Groundswell Rising gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas. We meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers and individuals across the political spectrum decrying the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights. After the film, there will be a 20-minute discussion, followed by a #ClimateMarch rally in support of the Paris climate talks:


Monday, October 26th fracked-gas pipeline conference, Boston Commons, Boston, MA.
At this conference executives from both Spectra Energy and Kinder Morgan will be speaking to investors, utilities companies and elected officials about their plans to build more fracked-gas pipelines in the Northeast. We need to make sure that the voices of those impacted by the fracked-gas industry are heard. Join us as peacefully descend on the conference and raise up the voices of impacted communities and the call for 100% community owned energy. Meet near the baseball fields at the Boston Common before heading out to the conference
Wednesday, Oct 21, Pipeline presentation, 7:00 PM, Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon. Rand Barthel to present, followed by Q & A.

OUR ROLE: We will pass out the latest general Spectra Access Northeast flyer (see attached). Sharon residents can sign the petition to request the selectmen to stop the Spectra process in Sharon.

Wednesday, Oct 21, Medway Exelon Peaker Plant Expansion meeting, 7:00 PM, Medway High School, Auditorium, 88 Summer Street, Medway.  The Medway Board of Selectmen are in charge of the meeting.
OUR ROLE: For those willing to hold Stop Medway Power Plant Expansion signs, arrive at 5:45 PM 2 Milford Street, Medway, to pick up signs, clipboards, signup sheets, and petition letters.  The focus of the event will only be on Exelon, not the pipeline (we don’t want to confuse people). We will hold Exelon signs only and do related stuff 6:00-7:00 PM, after which signs can be delivered back to 2 Milford St and signup sheets left in the garage.  Non-Medway residents can attend the meeting and may be able to ask a few questions.  However, your presence as a non-Medway resident is IMPORTANT because all who oppose the power plant should wear RED to the meeting so the selectmen can clearly see the amount of opposition.  If you can’t come early to hold the signs, that’s OK; please come for the 7:00 meeting wearing red; we need to use every opportunity to influence this process!
Tuesday, Oct 20, League of Women Voters Forum on the Access Northeast pipeline, 7:00 PM, Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street, Walpole. Terra Friedrichs, former Acton Selectwoman; Cathy Buckley, Massachusetts Sierra Club; and Paul Lauenstein, 350 Massachusetts, to present, Marcia Hirschberg, LWV, as MC. Q & A following.
OUR ROLE: We will pass out the latest general Spectra Access Northeast flyer (updated and attached with the latest info on the Dept of Public Utilities self-authorization to eventually charge customers for the pipelines) to attendees and can attend the forum to ask pertinent questions.  This meeting will be recorded and used on local cable so ask good questions!