Last weekend, I was on my Stand Up Paddleboard early in the morning. Aside from a small fishing boat, I had the pond to myself and had a beautiful yoga practice on my SUP. At the end of my moving meditation, a STRONG voice came through, “You’ve got to do something about the Pipeline Project here”.
You may have the heard the good news that Kinder Morgan pulled out of their main project in the Berkshires. When I talk to people, what many don’t know that there is a smaller project proposed in Sandisfield, on state forest land that only ten years ago was protected by law in perpetuity. (Incase you’re wondering- that means FOREVER). There are old growth trees in the area and fragile habitat. Not to mention a gorgeous pond- Spectacle Pond. The pond water is slated to be used to flush and test the pipeline section once it is built and then be pumped back into the pond.
This project is a high stakes issue, even though small. Kinder Morgan wants to use Federal Law to over take State law in what could be a precedent setting action as the pipeline company asserts that its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for its Berkshire County route, supersede the state’s constitutional protection of conservation land there.
SO….WHAT CAN WE DO?!
I’m planning a critical mass paddle. I want to get as many kayakers, canoeists, and stand up paddlers as possible together on Lower Spectacle Pond. I am planning this a fundraising paddle to support the legal fees of BEAT-Berkshire Environmental Action Team who is fighting for this. I also want to raise awareness of what is at stake if this project goes through. If donating isn’t in your budget, please, just show up. Let’s make this issue visible and show we care!
Read more here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/ct-expansion-info/
PLEASE JOIN ME!
Paddle for a Purpose: Stop the Pipeline
WHO– Paddlers of all kinds (kayak, canoe, SUP) Please wear your PFD
WHEN-JUNE 25th 10am-12pm.
WHERE– Lower Spectacle Pond. Cold Spring Road, Sandisfield, MA
DONATE-suggested donation $10. http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/fund-fight/
Check out the Facebook event to stay up to date. https://www.facebook.com/events/1753022068243815/
Contact your legislators- Give em a call!
I may need some volunteers to help on the water or with parking, let me know if you want to pitch in.
Can’t make it? Save the date for July 16th. The Sugar Shack Alliance says “At present we have looked at the area behind the Great Barrington Town Hall for a noon rally,Saturday, July 16th followed by a gathering 2 p.m. at Spectacle pond, with music and maybe ice cream/fruit dessert.