March to Stop Pipeline Set for Presidents Day

On February 15 in Greenfield there will be a march and rally to stop a proposed fracked gas pipeline. The public is invited. The march starts at 10 a.m. at Greenfield Community College's East Building. It will go to 40 Mill Street for a 15 minute rally. Then the march will continue to 43 Silver Street, where there will be a lunch with speeches by Northampton lawyer Tom Lesser and others.

The march is being organized by Hattie Nestel. She organized a march last month that was attended by about 300 people. Photos are at:

www.valleypost.org/node/1136

Nestel can be reached at hattieshalom@verizon.net or by phone at (978) 790-3074.

More information about the pipeline is at www.NoFrackedGasInMass.org.

The February 15 march is endorsed by the Trap Rock Center for Peace and Justice www.traprock.org and other groups.

Fracked gas causes climate change, which the world's leading scientists say is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life.

Fracked gas is used to generate electricity and heat buildings. Assuming they are equally well insulated, it's much more efficient to heat multi-family homes than single-family homes. In New York City, millionaires live in apartment buildings.

Protecting farmland and forestland from development encourages people to live in multi-family homes near Amtrak stations and on roads where local buses pass frequently, and bicycle paths and sidewalks exist. The USA is losing an average of 6,000 acres of open space every day, according to www.tpl.org/ourland.

Land trusts in the Valley are saving farmland and forestland. Links to their web sites are at www.FindALandTrust.org.

“People who live in cities use only about half as much electricity as people who don’t,” according to this 2004 New Yorker magazine article:

www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/ESP171/Readings2/Green_Manhattan.pdf

More information about the movement to stop the pipeline is at:

www.valleypost.org/node/1106

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