The media on the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline

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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. WBZ TV and the Globe ran excellent pieces outlining the situation and asking why Senators Warren and Markey aren’t helping the residents of West Roxbury get answers and acknowledging Congressman Lynch’s efforts to move the pipeline moved to a non-residential area away from the quarry. And local cable TV network BNN interviewed WRSE’s Ray Porfilio and Rep. Ed Coppinger on the issue Jan. 23. Read More »

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WRSE Rebuttal to Spectra ad mailer on the WR Lateral pipeline

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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 information

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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 »

Greenovate Boston Wants to Hear from You

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Boston’s Greenovate program wants your ideas, comments, and input about improving residential efficiency. Please visit engage.greenovateboston.org and help shape Boston’s future by sharing your ideas. You are also invited to attend the Greenovate Boston Community Summit on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm; find additional details here. Read More »

$100 instant rebate on programmable thermostats that save on energy costs

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National Grid is offering instant $100 rebate discounts on the purchase of either of two Wi-Fi programmable thermostats for your home that will help you save energy and save money; according to National Grid, you could save up to $180 annually on your energy costs. To view the offers and order, click here for the Nest Learning Thermostat ($149 after discount) and click here for the Honeywell 8580 Thermostat ($35 after discount). To qualify, you must be a National Grid Massachusetts residential gas-heating customer. Read More »

Wondering what bulb to buy now?

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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 »