Indoor Air Quality-Methane in Our Houses?

None of us should be living in homes with leaking natural gas/methane that causes asthma and COPD. But some of us do. Usually we’ll smell the gas, but sometimes we become so accustomed to the odor (turning on a gas stove) that we begin to ignore it. Don’t. Compound the known presence of leaking gas … Continue reading Indoor Air Quality-Methane in Our Houses?

As Trump Rolls Back Environmental Regs, Coal Operations Expand

The following story, authored by SAFE board member Karen Kahn, is reposted from the Nonprofit Quarterly. Rural Action, an Appalachian Ohio nonprofit, has spent two decades working to clean up a watershed in Southeastern Ohio polluted by old coal mines. Now, the organization and its supporters are fighting the permitting of a new surface mine proposed by … Continue reading As Trump Rolls Back Environmental Regs, Coal Operations Expand

SJC nixes ‘pipeline tax’/Says Baker administration order violated intent of earlier laws

Ratepayers will not have not pay a special tax so that new natural gas pipelines can be built in Massachusetts. From Bruce Mohl (Editor, CommonWealth Magazine) -- THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ruled on Wednesday that the Baker administration can not authorize the state’s electric utilities to tap their ratepayers for the money to finance a … Continue reading SJC nixes ‘pipeline tax’/Says Baker administration order violated intent of earlier laws

Utilities under pressure to fix small gas leaks

Gas leaks that are a distance from buildings didn't used to have to be repaired. That's all hopefully changing. From Christian Wade, who covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for The Salem News: A recent Boston University study of 100 gas leaks in Greater Boston found that about 15 percent of those categorized as nonhazardous, “Grade 3” … Continue reading Utilities under pressure to fix small gas leaks

SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

The June 28th presentations by Wayne Castonguay, Erin Bennett, PhD, and Cathy Kristofferson can now be seen on YouTube here. In Salem, the video will air on channel 3 on these dates and times: Friday, July 15, 2016: 9:30 PM Monday, July 18, 2016: 6:00 AM (go to SATV's online schedule for future airings) "Avoiding … Continue reading SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

“Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube

Go to SAFE's YouTube channel to watch the recording of the June 28th event. Video published on Jul 9, 2016 Avoiding Flint - Protecting the Climate Sponsored by SAFE Part I (0 to 32 minute marker) Introductions by Jeff Barz-Snell, Co-Chair of SAFE "The Voice of the River," by Wayne Castonguay (Executive Director of the … Continue reading “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube

From the Mass. Climate Action Network: the Energy Omnibus Bill is in the House TODAY

[Below are detailed ideas on what to ask for in the bill, and a link to find out who your Mass. elected officials are.] ------------------- Massachusetts has been a national leader on clean energy,  but now are at a crossroads: we are poised to invest billions of dollars to replace retiring power plants and make … Continue reading From the Mass. Climate Action Network: the Energy Omnibus Bill is in the House TODAY