FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13 AT NOON
Tour of Wind Turbine on Lynnway - Come and look around!
You are driving to Boston and you, once again, notice the wind turbine to your left. You note again whether or not it is rotating and wonder,
" Why is it there? Who owns it? Where does the electricity generated go?"
Join HealthLink and other questioning observers on Friday November 13th at noon to learn the answers to these questions and many more when we tour the Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The wind turbine has been online since January 15, 2014. Powering about 1/6th of the plant's energy requirements, it has produced over 1.4 Million Kilowatts of electricity and off-set over 1.3 Million pounds of CO2.
The wastewater treatment plant services Lynn, Swampscott, Saugus and Nahant and can treat 25 million gallons of sewerage per day presently averaging about 22 million gallons a day. The Lynn plant sends highly treated effluent out into the ocean through a 3 mile pipe resulting in a discharge that is cleaner than the ocean water itself.
Built in India, the turbine is a 600 kilowatt turbine and stands 545 ft. to the tip of the blade. Each one of the three blades is 75 ft long.
Robert Tina, Director of Operations of the plant, will guide the tour which has been arranged by HealthLink.
Please wear sturdy footwear, and arrive at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 2 Circle Avenue, Lynn. email us at email@example.com to reserve spot and find out more. Or call 781-631-6288.
From the Union of Concerned Scientists:
"Gas Ceiling: Assessing the Climate Risks of an Overreliance on Natural Gas for Electricity"
Note: MA is already 67% natural gas. Read the report
Is there a gas pipeline being routed nearby? Check out the maps to see where the about to be overbuilt gaslines are to be placed ....
Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
NOVEMBER, 2015 EVENTS
Go to a Hearing
Tuesday October 27 HEALTHLINK joined a full room of people testifying for a law imposing a fee on carbon. Learn more about it: BusinessLeadersForClimateAction. We are at a tipping point and you can affect the balance
We support carbon pricing for a number of strategic reasons:
1. British Columbian Success Story; their carbon pricing policy caused 16% fuel use reductions and 50% growth in the clean tech/clean energy sector.
2. Policy Specifics Can Address Equity Goals Economic modeling conducted here as part of the carbon pricing analysis commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) found that on average, low-and-moderate income households would have a net gain or come out even in the fee and rebate approach analyzed.
3. Progress Needed in Reducing Emissions from Transportation and Building Heat Sectors: While we have made real progress in reducing the carbon pollution footprint of the electric sector in Massachusetts, we have been far less successful in the transportation and heating sectors. Energy efficiency and conservation tools need to be prioritized in ways that drive additional reductions.
4 .Economic Experts Endorse Carbon Pricing as Cost-effective:
5. The Business Community has shown good support for carbon pricing.
6.Many States are Considering Carbon Pricing Policies:
Massachusetts could lead the way with a policy framework for others to follow.
New Gas Plant in Salem - Gas is NOT a bridge fuel!
Why HealthLink opposes adding new fossil fuels:
- Not needed
- Delays growth of renewable energy
- Endangers our health
- Commits us to 35 more years of fossil fuel
- Increases fracking and more gas pipeline construction
Pipeline foes dig in for fight
Salem News October 25, 2015
Kinder Morgan has paid Beacon Hill lobbyists more than $300,000 so far this year to make its case
By Christian M. Wade Statehouse
BOSTON — Opponents of a natural gas pipeline that would stretch across Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire are gearing up for a fight as the energy company behind the project prepares to move ahead.
Kinder Morgan has proposed a $5 billion, 421-mile pipeline that would pass through several communities in the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of the Texas-based Kinder Morgan, plans to submit a formal application on Nov. 20 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Though the federal government has final say over the pipeline, FERC is required to weigh input from state and local officials, as well as property owners. That includes a state-mandated environmental review.
Opponents are looking to the state to block portions of the project under Article 97 of the state Constitution, which requires a vote by two-thirds of the Legislature to allow the use of environmentally protected state lands by a private company.
“If we deny them a permit based on Article 97, it essentially becomes a state’s rights issue,” said Bob Croce, a pipeline opponent from Peabody. “Then it becomes the U.S. government versus Massachusetts.”
Read more ....
Christian Wade covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for CNHI’s newspapers and websites. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.