West Roxbury Lateral information sheet from 7/14 Dedham TV program

Click here to access the information sheet prepared by WRSE and Dedham Safety Over Profits distributed to the live audience at the local Dedham TV program on July 14, 2015, about the high-pressure West Roxbury Lateral pipeline that is being built by Spectra Energy at National Grid’s request. Read More »

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West Roxbury Lateral pipeline information

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR POSTS REGARDING THE WEST ROXBURY LATERAL PIPELINE BEING BUILT BY SPECTRA ENERGY AT THE REQUEST OF NATIONAL GRID Read More »

Red Ribbon = Reject the Spectra Pipeline

Residents and businesses opposed to the current proposed location of Spectra’s high-pressure gas pipeline and M&R Station—being built adjacent to a blasting quarry in the heavily residential Grove Street area with construction starting in June—should tie a red ribbon around a tree, their fence, on a stake, or anywhere it will be visible to achieve a show of solidarity against this dangerous project. Any red ribbon will do, but the redder and wider, the better. If you don’t have a red ribbon on hand, AC Moore has a supply in different widths. You can also pick up a ribbon provided by West Roxbury Saves Energy at either Atlas True Value (1871 Centre Street) or Hercules Press (91 Spring Street) if you are not able to get one on your own. A red ribbon signifies “Reject the Spectra Pipeline”—show your opposition to this project that is endangering our West Roxbury neighborhood by displaying your red ribbon now. For background about the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, scroll down to previous posts. Read More »

West Roxbury Lateral pipeline updates from WRSE

West Roxbury Saves Energy’s Rickie Harvey has been sending informational e-mails about the process and progress of the proposed West Roxbury Lateral pipeline since September 2014, when we first learned of the plans to build this high-pressure (750 psi) natural gas pipeline and M&R Station in the heavily populated Grove Street area across from the active, blasting quarry. The updates are archived here. Read More »

NSTAR ends green-power option; WRSE recommends switching to a Mass Energy green-power program

Effective July 2015, NSTAR will no longer offer its option to purchase green energy. The good news is that Mass Energy’s green-power programs should be your next stop. Mass Energy is a nonprofit, green-power supplier based in Boston whose green-power programs allow NSTAR customers to support electricity generated from local renewable sources. Mass Energy offers 100% renewable power at a cheaper rate than NSTAR did, and all green-power payments through Mass Energy are 100% tax deductible. Learn more and sign up here! Read More »

The media on the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline

The Boston media finally takes notice of the hazardous situation facing residents in the densely populated Grove area of West Roxbury in the proposal to put a high-pressure gas pipeline and M&R Station there across from the active, blasting quarry. Among other recent coverage, WBZ TV and the Globe ran excellent pieces outlining the situation, and local cable TV network BNN interviewed WRSE’s Ray Porfilio and Rep. Ed Coppinger on the issue Jan. 23. Read More »

WRSE Rebuttal to Spectra ad mailer on the WR Lateral pipeline

On December 22 and 23, Spectra Energy blanketed West Roxbury with a mailed advertising piece that touts the benefits of the company’s proposal to build a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline called the West Roxbury Lateral into the Grove neighborhood. The advertisement neither tells the whole story of this proposal nor speaks honestly about many of the facts. It is our intent here to provide a fuller picture of the West Roxbury Lateral and fill in the numerous gaps left out of the Spectra Energy ad mailer which are crucial to residents’ understanding the value of the pipeline as well as potential safety and health issues surrounding its current proposed location. Read More »

West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline background information

On Oct. 8 WRSE held a Community Meeting attended by 200 people to discuss residents’ concerns and questions surrounding the proposal to build a high-pressure pipeline near the active quarry in West Roxbury. This new 5-mile spur, being built by Spectra Energy, runs from Westwood through Dedham and into West Roxbury; the current proposal includes building a Metering and Regulating Station across the street from the quarry. Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?

As the super-energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) become more available and less expensive, they also become increasingly viable options to the much-maligned CFL, or compact flourescent, energy-saving type of bulb. If you want to know more, check out this excellent update from NPR: “In the Dark about Picking a Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help.” Read More »

We should ban plastic checkout bags

The average person in the U.S. uses 350 new plastic bags each year, and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to make all these bags. Only about 2% get recycled, and the rest end up in our landfills for decades or worse (witness the photo at left). Please use this easy action form to send a message to our legislators asking them to ban plastic bags. Read More »