Member Update November 2013

November 2013

En español

Dear Members,

Residents won a major victory when GP withdrew their ethanol train proposal.

In July, we won a monumental EJ victory when Global Petroleum withdrew their proposal to transport millions of gallons of ethanol by train into Revere. For two and a half years, EJLS has provided pro bono legal assistance to Chelsea Creek Action Group to prevent mile-long trains from running through Greater Boston environmental justice communities with the highly dangerous substance.

Rail transport is a great risk in densely populated communities like Revere, Chelsea and East Boston where there is no easy way to evacuate in case of a disaster. An ethanol fire must be extinguished with special alcohol-resistant foam, which is in short supply in Boston and area fire departments. Residents, already overburdened with industrial business, pollution from Logan International Airport and commercial shipping on Chelsea Creek, mobilized against the proposal.

After years of Chelsea Creek Action Group’s powerful organizing with legal and technical support from EJLS, the $17.6 billion corporation said, We surrender. During the campaign, we worked with state legislators to enact a law mandating that MassDOT study safety concerns with community participation, convinced seven municipalities to sign resolutions opposing the proposal, supported the passage of a non-binding referendum in Revere against the ethanol trains, and raised awareness among residents and elected officials about transporting ethanol by rail.

Now, we are working to pass legislation to place a multi-year moratorium on ethanol trains in Greater Boston and further study the issue with residents. Thank you for your support in making this community-led victory possible!

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Estimados miembros,

En julio, ganamos una victoria monumental de JA cuando Global Petroleum retiró su propuesta de transportar por tren millones de galones de etanol a Revere. Durante dos años y medio, EJLS ha proporcionado asistencia legal gratuita a Chelsea Creek Action Group para prevenir que los trenes de una milla de largo transiten por las comunidades de justicia ambiental de Greater Boston con esa sustancia altamente peligrosa.

El transporte ferroviario es un gran riesgo en las densamente pobladas comunidades como Revere, Chelsea y East Boston, donde no hay una manera fácil de evacuarlos en caso de un desastre. Un incendio por etanol debe ser extinguido con una espuma especial resistente al alcohol, la cual es escasa en Boston y para los cuerpos de bomberos de la zona. Los residentes, ya sobrecargados con las compañías industriales, la contaminación del Aeropuerto Internacional Logan y las embarcaciones comerciales en Chelsea Creek, se movilizaron en contra de la propuesta.

Después de años de gran organización del Chelsea Creek Action Group, y con el apoyo legal y técnico de EJLS, la corporación, que cuenta con$17.6 billones de dólares, dijo, Nos rendimos. Durante la campaña, trabajamos con los legisladores estatales para promulgar una ley que exija que MassDOT investigue las preocupaciones sobre la seguridad con la participación de la comunidad, convencimos a siete municipios a que firmarqn resoluciones oponiéndose a la propuesta, apoyamos la aprobación de un referéndum no vinculante en Revere contra los trenes de etanol, y creamos conciencia entre los residentes y los funcionarios electos sobre la transportación de etanol por ferrocarril. ¡Gracias por su apoyo para hacer que esta victoria dirigida por la comunidad haya sido posible!

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Strong turnout for Rhode Island EJ Summit

ACE members at the Rhode Island EJ Summit

En español

Members and supporters of the New England EJ Forum came together last Saturday for the first Rhode Island EJ Summit, in our work to continue relationship building and share knowledge. Nearly 100 people participated to learn from community and enjoy delicious local food. Read more...

Annual Meeting 2013: Roots of Change

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Meeting possible!

En español

Thank you to everyone who came to our Annual Meeting: Roots of Change! We celebrated big victories this year, including a major win against ethanol trains, new community gardens and a cap on MBTA fare increases. Members voted to approve the next year of our strategic plan and continue our work for environmental justice. Read more...

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