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Demonstrators Bring Pipeline Fight To Governor’s Home

Above photo from Beyond Extreme Energy Facebook page.

Beautiful start to week of actions to #StopSpectra

Swampscott, MA – In April, pipeline fighters delivered an ultimatum to Spectra Energy’s office: “You have 40 days to stop the AIM (Algonquin Incremental Market) expansion or we will increase our resistance.” The AIM expansion project involves expanding pipelines, compressors and metering stations from New York through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The forty days is up and Spectra has not backed down, so the people working to stop Spectra and their allies have organized a week of actions. They started with a march on Saturday, June 6 to Governor Charlie Baker’s house in Swampscott, MA. About 60 people participated in the march. Some carried the 50-foot “United States of Fracking” banner that was created during the Stop the FERCus week of actions in Washington, DC at the end of May.

When the march arrived at Governor Baker’s house, they were met with a heavy police presence. The marchers, who trained in nonviolence in preparation for the week of action, were undeterred and marched throughout the Governor’s neighborhood.

Here is a list of actions that are coming up:

June 7th – Boston, MA
Flood Boston Spokescouncil meeting – at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, 3pm

June 8th – Burrillville, RI
Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion art build  (more details coming soon)

June 8th- Cortlandt, NY 
 and SEnRG Meeting – New City Diner at 3825 Crompond Rd, 7pm ( to RSVP)

June 9th – Providence, RI
FANG Rhode Island Open Meeting (more details coming soon)

June 10th – Providence, RI
Legal Observer Training

June 11th – Pomfret, CT
Fracked-Gas Pipeline Educational Forum -Old Town House, 1 Town House Road, 730pm

June 13th – Atlanta, GA
Climate Action Theater at State Street Bank

June 14th – West Roxbury, MA
Vigil in opposition to the West Roxbury-Dedham Lateral Pipeline

It isn’t too late to add yours. Visit Follow #StopSpectra.

Here are tweets from the march yesterday:

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