Petition statement to be delivered to Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, and Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts: Ban New Natural Gas Pipelines and Champion Sustainable Energy

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Massachusetts: Ban New Natural Gas Pipelines and Champion Sustainable Energy

To be delivered to Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, and Governor Deval Patrick

Petition Statement

Massachusetts: Let us devote our resources to creating a comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure rather than fortifying our reliance on fossil fuels. Ban the construction of new "fracked gas" pipelines and support sustainable energy efforts.
There are currently 10,784 signatures. NEW goal - We need 15,000 signatures!

Petition Background

Our children and future generations will thank you for taking action now to protect our land, air, and water.

We, the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth, call upon your leadership to enact legislation and take such other actions as are necessary:

1. To disallow in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the construction of any and all new pipelines carrying natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
2. To fully fund and comply with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (“GWSA”).
3. To create and enforce more stringent energy efficiency standards and effective subsidies for energy efficiency.
4. To promote further exploration of “distributed” renewable energy sources, creating effective subsidies for such sources, in order to move us away from large power plants (including big wind) to smaller, more resilient, efficient, and ecologically sound locally produced energy.

“Fracked gas” travels at high pressure, increasing the likelihood of leaks, ruptures and explosions causing damage to property and lives. Pipelines bisect family farms, protected wooded areas, wetlands, and wildlife habitat and negatively affect property values and aesthetics for countless parcels of land.

On a global scale, fracking and natural gas contributes to pollution at drilling sites and worldwide climate change. While natural gas has lower carbon dioxide emissions than other fossil fuels, leaks in extraction and transmission emit methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

More natural gas is not needed to meet our heating fuel needs, nor our electricity needs. In a study projecting out to 2022, ISO-New England has projected that we already have enough infrastructure in place to meet future annual energy needs. Improvements in energy efficiency will help us to meet future needs. Increasing rooftop wind and solar is a more ecologically sound solution than expanding the natural gas infrastructure. Small scale projects would also create more long-term local jobs.

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