[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "...here is today's front page article about the Governor's visit to North Andover to tour the effects and damage from the drought."] From Salem News staff writer, Zoe Mathews: NORTH ANDOVER — Just hours before Gov. Charlie Baker set foot on Smolak Farms, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced an … Continue reading Baker: State preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ drought / Task force to survey damage as 16 percent of state suffers from extreme conditions
[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "The Ipswich River Watershed Assoc. is stepping up their efforts to engage communities in our area about water conservation. Salem and Beverly share a well designed water system but we do draw from the Ipswich River."] From a Boston Globe Editorial: After five months of dry weather, the drought has … Continue reading As drought grows, towns need to cut water usage
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
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
Gas pipelines and Salem's water supply: the recent proposal to build a gas pipeline here on the North Shore could adversely affect the drinking water supplies of North Shore communities. Massive amounts of weed killer (herbicide) is sprayed on a regular basis around these pipelines to prevent plants from growing near them. These herbicides can … Continue reading June 28 SAFE event: “Avoiding Flint – Protecting the Climate”
In Georgia, the citizens just defeated a Kinder Morgan pipeline from being installed; in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, they're currently fighting one; and WE ON THE NORTH SHORE need to fight the extension of it that they want to build right alongside the Ipswich River. It's partly due to the fact that they'll be tearing … Continue reading Pipeline opponents plan to pack upcoming hearings
The controversy over the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline has entered into the Massachusetts State Representative race in the 13th Essex District. Bob Croce is running against incumbent State Representative Ted Speliotis (Danvers). Croce is pointing out that Speliotis accepted campaign donations from Kinder Morgan, and that it's NOT coincidental that Speliotis doesn't oppose the … Continue reading Pipeline becomes issue in state rep race/Speliotis, Croce spar over money from lobbyist
Those of us on the North Shore have to pay close attention to this issue, because we need to find out if it's true that herbicides will indeed be sprayed on a regular basis on either side of the pipeline (to keep trees from growing and sending their roots into the pipeline). Much of the … Continue reading Pipeline Feedback Website from Congressman Seth Moulton
Michael Moore states that, while the lead poisoning of thousands of children was probably not premeditated, the "less expensive" course of action was taken by officials because it was known the poverty-stricken citizens of the mostly black city of Flint, Michigan would probably not fight back politically or legally. From CNN contributor, Michael Martinez, and activist/filmmaker, … Continue reading Flint, Michigan: Did race and poverty factor into water crisis?
Flint learned that cheaper water came at quite a price. Shutterstock From vox.com, updated by Libby Nelson … Continue reading Flint, Michigan, tried to save money on water. Now its children have lead poisoning.