From the Northampton LWV: Act in Opposition to Oil and Gas Drilling along our Coastlines by March 9

The following information was received from the Northampton, MA League of Women Voters:

Let’s all respond to the repeated action alerts from LWVUS to comment on expansion of oil and gas drilling along U.S. coasts.  LWVUS has provided excellent resources for action at including a letter co-signed by LWVUS to Secretary Zinke, background and talking points, and a powerful letter to Zinke from the Lower Caper Fear, North Carolina LWV at .           

We must act quickly. The public comment period to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) ends March 9.  See link below. 

Our MA legislators are leading the way in voicing opposition to this plan. Gov. Baker co-signed a bipartisan gubernatorial letter opposing drilling on the Atlantic coast.  On Feb. 28th Senator Ed Markey ad Congressman Seth Moulton, Gov. Charlie Baker, and the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation (full House and Senate) sent a letter to Secretary Zinke

 This is an opportunity for the League to create a groundswell of support.

Our strength rests on the public visibility of our actions.

Our strength rests on the actions taken by each one of us.

 We call on you to submit online comments to the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at: docket is ‘National Outer Continental Shelf Program.

The Community Preservation Commission (CPC) wants to hear from you!

The CPC is adjusting their funding guidelines and wants to hear from you!  (Click here for the proposed guidelines.) Their next meeting is on Tuesday, March 13th, 7 pm in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  If you can’t attend, you can send an email to Alice Ingerson, the CPC Program Manager, at

Here are the comments that LWVN sent in about the proposed changes:

LWVN fully supports the recent proposed changes to the allocation targets in the Community Preservation Plan as well as the welcome clarity in determining what are appropriate CPA-funded projects.  Priorities can change over time and the CPC should be able to adjust the allocations to reflect the needs and priorities in Newton.  Additionally, increased transparency in the process of applying for CPA funds will hopefully improve both the type of projects that are put forward and the efficiency of the CPC process.

The League Presents…Representative Ruth Balser and Representative Kay Khan

The latest episode of “The League Presents…” features a discussion with Representatives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan with host Marcia Johnson.  They cover a lot of topics in 30 minutes–hear what our representatives are working on and what they are prioritizing.  Click here for a direct link to the program!

U-CHAN Forum on March 8: Financing for Various Types of Housing–What are the real costs?

U-CHAN is holding the second of its four-part informational series on housing on March 8th, 7 pm at the Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street in Newton Corner.  All are invited to attend.  For more information, please click here: U-CHAN MARCH 8 FLYER

Membership Reminder…

If you recently got a letter from LWVN about your membership, please be sure to renew your membership for the current year.  [If you didn’t, then you are all set for the 2017-18 year!]

Thanks to our team, Bonnie Carter, Ellen Grody, Andrea Kozinetz, Lisa Mirabile and Sharyn Roberts, for their ongoing membership efforts!

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