NATURAL GAS, SOLAR DISPUTES RAISED AT SEPARATE EVENTS
By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017....Environmentalists celebrated last year when the state's highest court blocked a Baker administration proposal to charge ratepayers for natural gas pipeline costs. On Wednesday, in the middle of "Climate Week," environmentalists raised the alarm about future means of pipeline financing and asked the governor to put a stop to it.
A small group of people aligned with the environmental coalition Massachusetts Power Forward showed up outside Gov. Charlie Baker's office Wednesday asking that officials in his administration "do everything in their legal authority to avoid the construction of new gas infrastructure such as pipelines and power plants" - which would be a departure from the Baker administration's support of natural gas as part of a larger strategy they view as balanced.
"This is meant to be a sneak preview of what's to come," said Craig Altemose, who promised environmentalists will show up regularly outside the governor's office to demand climate-friendly actions.
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