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West Roxbury pipeline

By adamg - 3/29/18 - 9:18 am

The Herald reports a West Roxbury Municipal Court judge has tossed the trespassing charges against 13 protesters who tried to block construction of a natural-gas pipeline in West Roxbury by, in some cases, chaining themselves to the pipe or the entrance to its end point at Grove and Centre streets. Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/17 - 3:36 pm
Unshoveled sidewalk outside Spectra Energy site in West Roxbury

A roving UHub reporter noticed a new splash of green on the gate to Spectra Energy's new metering and regulating station at Grove and Washington streets in West Roxbury this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 11/28/16 - 12:03 pm
Protesters against natural-gas pipeline in West Roxbury

Protesters in front of "metering and regulating" station in West Roxbury.

About 75 West Roxbury residents and supporters - including city councilors Matt O'Malley and Annissa Essaibi-George - gathered this morning outside the nearly completed natural-gas transfer station that could begin taking in fuel from a new high-pressure pipeline as early as this week. Read more.

By adamg - 11/23/16 - 11:01 am

Boston Mayor Walsh speaks to media after thanking #StandWithMary M&R vigilers

Among those at a protest outside the nearly complete Spectra Energy transfer station in West Roxbury this morning: Mayor Marty Walsh.

By adamg - 10/7/16 - 5:18 pm

Honk against Spectra

Two marching bands on their way to the annual Honk festival in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend detoured through West Roxbury this afternoon to join a protest against Spectra Energy's nearly completed West Roxbury natural-gas pipeline and transfer station. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/29/16 - 11:37 am
West Roxbury protester sees size of saw to be used on her u-lock

Firefighter checks if saw will fit in wheel well before covering protester with protective gear.

Two protesters halted some work at the natural-gas transfer station in West Roxbury for 90 minutes this morning as firefighters carefully sawed through the bicycle u-locks that kept them attached to two separate cars, one in front of the main gate to the construction site, the other on Grove Street. Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/16 - 9:07 am
Protester at Spectra plant in West Roxbury locked to gate

Tom Macdonald of Roslindale locked in at Spectra plant.

Around 6 a.m., three protesters - from West Roxbury, Roslindale and Cambridge - had themselves locked to each of the gates at Spectra Energy's natural-gas transfer station at Grove and Centre streets. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/16 - 1:13 pm
Four under arrest at Spectra plant in West Roxbury

Protester smiles at 50 or so supporters before being put in prisoner wagon.

Protesters briefly halted construction of a natural-gas transfer station at Centre and Grove streets this morning before being arrested, in the latest show of opposition to Spectra Energy's high-pressure pipeline and the station, which will transfer gas at a lower pressure into National Grid's local network. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/16 - 10:12 am

Digging Mass Graves in West Roxbury

A couple dozen protesters briefly blocked construction again of a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline down Grove Street yesterday before being arrested. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/16 - 8:26 am

A pair of people dressed as members of the Rebel Alliance this morning locked themselves to one of the steel plates covering the West Roxbury pipeline trench on Grove Street, delaying work on the project until police and firefighters could cut them loose. Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/16 - 12:34 pm
Rev. John Gibbons of the First Parish in Bedford - and chaplain for the town's Minutemen - under arrest.

Rev. John Gibbons of the First Parish in Bedford - and chaplain for the town's Minutemen - under arrest.

Some 16 clergy members from across the Boston area were arrested this morning on Grove Street in West Roxbury, where they briefly blocked construction work on a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline to protest what they said was an unneeded pipe that could blow up the neighborhood. Read more..

By adamg - 5/13/16 - 8:20 am

Resist the Pipeline reports the arrests yesterday on both Washington and Grove streets, which are being dug up for the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline to a station to transfer the high-pressure natural gas from the pipeline into National Grid's lower-pressure distribution network at Grove and Centre.

By adamg - 5/2/16 - 12:11 pm
Four arrested at pipeline construction site in West Roxbury

Heading to E-5 for booking. Photo by Rev. Anne Bancroft.

After a winter break, Spectra Energy resumed digging up Washington Street in West Roxbury today for a high-pressure natural-gas pipeline from Westwood to a "metering and regulating" station at Grove and Centre streets.

Four protesters walked in front of the construction equipment on Washington and Stimson streets this morning and refused to move - until they were arrested. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/16 - 10:37 am

Bloomberg reports a natural-gas pipeline run by Spectra Energy exploded outside Pittsburgh yesterday, partially disrupting the flow of natural gas into the Northeast and damaging several homes. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/16 - 9:46 am

Resist the Pipeline reports three protesters were arrested yesterday when they blocked the entrance to the site where Spectra Energy is building a "metering and regulating" station to transfer natural gas from the pipeline Spectra is building from Westwood to West Roxbury.

The three were charged with disturbing the peace, in the first protest arrests against the pipeline since last fall.

By adamg - 4/23/16 - 2:01 pm
Mary Boyle

Mary Boyle speaks

Protesters had planned to get arrested today to protest the construction of a high-pressure natural-gas transfer station in West Roxbury, but the company building it decided not to do any work today - despite what it had told nearby residents in fliers. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/16 - 9:48 am
Protest outside Spectra site in West Roxbury

Protesters outside pipeline end point in West Roxbury this morning.

Kinder Morgan announced yesterday it's suspending its planned $3-billion natural-gas pipeline from New York to New Hampshire that would have included segments in Massachusetts as well.

Meanwhile, opponents of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, part of a larger pipeline project by Algonquin Gas Transmission, blocked a large piece of construction equipment from entering the site where the company's contractors are building a transfer station in West Roxbury this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/16 - 8:06 am

The Globe reports Boston will go to court to appeal a recent federal ruling dismissing arguments by the city, several elected officials and West Roxbury residents that the West Roxbury pipeline should be stopped.

Less than a month ago, an aide to the mayor was telling West Roxbury residents the pipeline was a done deal and that the city was confining its efforts to begging Algonquin Gas Transmission to hold a meeting to show depictions of its planned gas transfer station at Grove and Centre streets, where gas from the high-pressure pipeline would be fed into National Grid's system. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/16 - 8:27 am

West Roxbury residents last night pleaded with a mayoral aide to have Mayor Walsh use his bully pulpit to continue the fight against the West Roxbury natural-gas pipeline, but the aide told them that ship has sailed and now City Hall is focusing on getting the pipeline construction company to come to a public meeting to describe the exact size and scope of the "metering and regulating station" at Grove and Centre Streets. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/15 - 9:48 pm
Howard Sorett at West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association meeting

Howard Sorett makes his case.

A station that would pump high-pressure natural gas into the National Grid network just off Grove and Centre streets would be a "ticking time bomb" that could prove easy pickings for any terrorist who wants to immolate an entire neighborhood, members of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association agreed tonight. Read more.

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