Avoiding the Natural Gas Trap

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National Grid Files To Withdraw Access Northeast Project In Rhode Island

… Attorneys with the Conservation Law Foundation see this development as a victory, calling the project dead. The group has been fighting the proposal, citing federal law that forbids charging electricity customers for natural gas pipelines. CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer thinks a new proposal would likely fail for two reasons. “One, it is illegal…

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Vermont Gas: Poor Management. Who Pays?
by Sandy Levine

When the person you hire to build your new house bungles the project, you don’t expect to pay for all those mistakes. The same applies for massive utility projects. The bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline has a sad history of cost overruns, safety lapses, mistakes and mismanagement. Just a few of the problems include: Faulty analysis…

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Gas Leaks Ordinance a Win-Win for Environment and Economy

“Every second, thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are polluting the air and endangering the health of communities throughout Massachusetts,” said CLF advocate Megan Herzog. “And to add insult to injury, the cost of that lost gas is passed on to consumers, with businesses and families footing the bill for leaky infrastructure. By prioritizing repairs on already-opened roads and promoting greater information transparency, this ordinance takes a meaningful step toward ensuring we can address the serious problem of gas leaks in a safe, logical, and economically beneficial way.”

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Trump’s State pick has a history with Mass. politicians

… In the first lawsuit of its kind, filed in September, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation contends Exxon Mobil has failed to prepare for rising sea levels and severe weather caused by climate change, potentially exposing the public to toxic breaches around its oil terminal on the Mystic River in Everett. While the lawsuit focuses…

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A Solid Path Forward – Renewable Energy In Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Setting big goals and standards for cutting greenhouse gases or increasing renewable energy is one thing. Putting in place the nuts and bolts to actually make it happen is another. A recent Vermont Public Service Board order implements the renewable energy standard that was put in place by legislation (Act 56) in 2015. The order…

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Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm Begins Producing Clean, Renewable Power

“This is the beginning of a new clean energy chapter for New England and proof that new jobs and new industries will flourish in a future free from reliance on fossil fuels,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Deepwater Wind deserves particular credit for seeing that good environmental stewardship of the environment is also good business, engaging all key voices in the development process to minimize impacts to endangered North Atlantic right whales and other ocean resources while achieving on-time, on-budget construction.”

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Exxon CEO Expected to Be Nominated for Secretary of State

“President-elect Trump’s reported intention to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is his latest and most egregious step in turning the federal government, and the stewardship of the global environment, over to a cabal of corporate extremists with proven disdain for science, stewardship, public service, and the common good,”

Conservation Matters Articles
Going Low-Carb
by Laurie O'Reilly

Transforming New England’s Energy System New England’s coal-fired power plants were at their peak when CLF opened its doors 50 years ago. The majority of the region’s coal fleet came online in the post-war boom years of the1950s and 1960s and they would go on to dominate our region’s electricity mix for decades. Today, however,…

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Maine Rejects Big Gas’s Gamble – For Now
by Emily Green

Last week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission closed the latest chapter (for now) in the ongoing saga that is the demise of Spectra’s Access Northeast Project when it decided to indefinitely postpone its proceedings on the ill-conceived natural gas pipeline proposal. Previously, the Commission decided to move forward with a contract for natural gas capacity…