Through a sustained campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience, we are building a culture of resistance to the fossil fuel industry in Massachusetts and beyond. Currently, Spectra Energy is building a pipeline carrying fracked gas in West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, and we are shutting it down. We stand with the residents of West Roxbury whose health and safety has been jeopardized by this project. We stand with people all over the world who are already suffering the affects of our unraveling climate.
Recent Actions and Events
August 18th, 2016
This was a two part action; the first used tactics maximizing the work stoppage time of Spectra’s construction, the second to further build a culture of resistance with small group of people taking action together as friends and strangers, but all with a common cause. In all 10 people used their bodies to stop construction for 3 hours. This is what nonviolent civil disobedience is all about.
Read the actions here in our ACTIONS! tab.
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Thank you Tim Clancy. Thank you Tom Mcdonald. Thank you Brown Pulliam. Thank you Greg Reinauer. Thank you Sabine von Merin. Thank you Diane Martin. Thank you Nathan Phillips. Thank you PJ Donworth. Thank you Michael Bucci.
August 17th, 2016
VICTORY! NO PIPELINE TAX! State Supreme Court says ratepayers won’t be stuck paying for new pipeline projects! This may have huge, positive implications for our friends at Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station fighting Spectra’s proposed compressor station in Weymouth.
“Today, the Supreme Court upheld critical laws shaped to protect consumers and combat climate change. The regressive “pipeline tax” approved by Governor Baker’s Department of Public Utilities would have effectively transferred wealth from ratepayers to large pipeline and utility companies, forcing customers to promote expansion of fossil fuels against their will.”
Join the grassroots resistance pushing back on new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts. The court’s have come down on our side this time, but the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline is still happening. Pledge to Resist, take action with us, and tell the fossil fuel industry NO PIPELINES HERE, NO PIPELINES ANYWHERE.
Read the full media story from the Patriot Ledger here.
August 12th, 2016
Women are leading the charge to halt human-caused climate change as quickly as possible. Early in the morning on Saturday, August 12th, seven women put their bodies to stop construction of the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.
Minga Claggett-Borne, Rachel Wyon, Anne Shumway, Pamela Kristan, Diana Lopez, Mary Russell and Patti Muldoon took direct action that morning, transforming the ugly, open pit that will house the pipe carrying dirty natural gas into one of growth, rejuvenation, merriment and beauty.
They brought flowers, passed them around to supporters, workers and police, sang songs of hope and possibility, and showed us the strength of standing for what is right, especially when there are consequences.
Thank you Minga. Thank you Rachel. Thank you Anne. Thank you Pamela. Thank you Diana. Thank you Mary. Thank you Patti.
August 6th, 2016
This video is hot off the editing board from Kori Feener (Twitter @KoriFeener). She used some incredible GoPro footage from one of the four resisters, Rachel Eckles, arrested during Saturday’s action entering and stopping work in the Metering and Regulating station.
Taking action with Rachel was Patrician Martin, Warren Senders and Leia Freidman. The four were charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.
In court Monday, August 8th, the four rejected the Assistant District Attorney’s plea deal and are taking their case to trial. Their next date in court is September 20th. Come out, support them, get involved, and donate to their legal fund here.
8.6.16 – Activists in a NVCD action against Spectra at West Roxbury’s M&R Station. Learn More: resistthepipeline.org #StopSpectra Sound: CC – Bensound.com
July 28th, 2016 Ben Thompson took action alone today to show us how to tell the world “I love you” without words. Arrested and charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace, Ben reject the plea deal and is going to trial to beat the charges. His next court date is August 15th. Please support Ben by showing up and tell him that we love him, too. July 28th, 2016 Tonight, as community, we reflected on the progress, the bonds and the experiences we’ve created together over the last year of building a culture of resistance against Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline. Over 50 people came out, brought a variety of food and drinks, shared, networked, and exchanged stories of their time involved with the campaign. From everyone at Resist the Pipeline, we hold you in our highest regards as people fighting for justice and a livable planet. Without your commitment to non-violent civil disobedience as the way to move into a sustainable future, this campaign, in the form it has come to be, would be impossible. Keep fighting. Keep sharing. Share your stories, your motivations, your energies, your time, your resources. Together we are creating a better world. July 26th, 2016 July 23rd, 2016
Several people were arrested after locking and gluing themselves together at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday to block two construction sites of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral gas pipeline, according to Alyssa Lee of Resist the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline.Lee said six people were arrested, however, Boston Police said four were arrested in the area of 2365 Centre St., West Roxbury.
July 13th, 2016
“I am taking action today because after 10 years of working with countless others to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition to safe energy within the bounds of the law, I have no other recourse to protect my children and I can’t in good conscience stand by while some commit crimes against humanity. It is time we stop this madness.”
– Vanessa Rule, Founder of Mothers Out Front
Escalation Summer Wrap-up
More than a Dozen Faith Leaders Stage Mass Grave in West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Trenches West Roxbury, June 29, 2016 More than a dozen Faith leaders across traditions, including Tim Dechristopher & Karenna Gore, joined with others to lay at the bottom of a trench dug for the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline today.