October Chapter Meeting

Join GBTU on Monday, October 27th for an important update on the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline running from west to east across Massachusetts.

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, is moving ahead with a proposal to build a bulk natural gas transmission pipeline running west to east across Massachusetts, from Richmond, MA, on the MA-NY border, to a terminal facility in Dracut, MA, on the New Hampshire border.  The proposed project ("Northeast Energy Direct Project," or "NED") has generated significant local opposition because of its anticipated environmental impacts resulting from both pipeline construction and subsequent operation.  The 127 mile route initially proposed – which may not be the final route – would cut across the Deerfield, Westfield, Millers and Connecticut Rivers, and  numerous other smaller and less well-known coldwater streams in northern Massachusetts.  Its proposed route would also cross State parks and forests, conservation lands, conservation land trusts, and other sensitive areas.

At this Chapter meeting, Jim Cutler, a resident of Ashland, Massachusetts and a founding member of the Hilltown Community Rights Coalition, will tell us what motivated him to become an anti-pipeline activist, and describe the immediate and longer-term impacts of construction and operation of this pipeline called NED. He will also describe how local community groups have banded together and connected with other established environmental protection organizations to oppose NED, and the challenges they have faced in opposing a project sponsored by a well-funded proponent like Kinder Morgan.  He will be joined by his neighbor and fellow pipeline opponent, Mark Burton, a member of the Deerfield TU Chapter.

Monday, October 27th
Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

Come early! Refreshments will be served!
$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.

LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln

We look forward to seeing you there.

GBTU Season Opener Barbecue

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00PM - Drumlin Farm, Lincoln

JOIN US FOR A GREAT EVENING!

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Andy Bonzagni, owner of Concord Outfitters, will be with us for our first meeting of the fall season. Andy has been organizing flyfishing travel trips around the world for fifteen years, and his specialty is researching the ideal travel destination for each customer's needs.

Andy's presentation will cover two trips scheduled for next summer:

June 2nd 2015: Concord Outfitters will host a five-day camp and float fly fishing trip down the Smith river in Montana, one of the most scenic floats in the world. Loaded with cutthroat and brown trout, fishing this river is the perfect way to start your summer.

July 26th: We will travel to Fernie, British Columbia in search of bulltrout and massive cutthroats. This amazing trip offers incredible dry-fly fishing for willing Cutts, and Bulltrout just waiting to jump on a streamer drifted by their noses. Located in the Canadian Rockies, the scenery would be enough, but the fishing makes it a trip of a lifetime!

After this exciting program you'll be dreaming of taking a trip in the near future. Whether your dream trip is local or at a far away destination, come down and pick Andy's brain. Together you'll find for the spot that's just right for you.

THE BARBECUE

As we do every year, GBTU will thank our loyal and conservation-minded members by providing a delicious repast to accompany Andy's presentation, to encourage you to attend the meeting, and to promote camaraderie among those who come. We get a large crowd every year, hear many stories about fish caught (and not quite caught) during the summer, and discuss our fall plans for fishing and completing conservation projects.

You can come early, say 6:30, and help set up, and stay a little bit to help clean up. Or you can come at 7:00, enjoy the food and the program, and head home to tuck the kids in bed. Either way, GBTU will be very glad to see you!

For information or directions call David Glater, President, at 347-853-0628.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced the launch of the 2014 fall session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program, which connects students throughout the Commonwealth with paid internships at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program has facilitated the placement of more than 871 students and recent graduates in internships at 224 clean energy companies across the state, since the program first began in 2011. More than 54 students have gained permanent employment at their host companies as a result of their internship.

This program continues MassCEC's commitment to supporting education and training opportunities that align with the Commonwealth's clean energy goals and industry growth, while furthering the career goals of those considering career opportunities in clean energy.

To learn more about the program, visit masscec.com/intern.

 

April 28th Meeting - Local Dam Removal

Join GBTU on Monday, April 28th for our last meeting
of the season at Drumlin Farm and a discussion of local dam removal,
a key TU issue nationwide.

 
GBTU presents a discussion on the history and status of the ongoing dam removal project – the Millie Turner Falls dam on the Nissitissit River. Mike Rosser of the Squan-a-tissit Chapter of TU and Alex Hackman of the MA Division of Ecological Restoration will discuss the project from two perspectives – that of the TU chapter that has been actively involved in the project and that of the state agency that has as its mission to promote dam removal and other environmental restoration projects. We will learn how the project was initiated, challenges it faced, the significance of these issues for both parties and how they worked together to resolve them.
 
Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

Come early! Refreshments will be served!
$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.
LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln
We look forward to seeing you there.
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