The LEAH Collective/ The LEAH Advocacy Group- special efforts Stop the Pipeline in Dedham

At A Glance


Needham, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Environmental Health
  • Food
  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Land & Water

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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to…Create awareness and educate on pesticide issues and promote good green alternatives like permaculture, sustainable living, ecotourism, herbalism, organic land care and agriculture.  We have recently crossed over into Climate Change Issues, educating on the chemicals in fracking, creating awareness and action in Dedham, MA which is next to Needham where we are located because Spectra Energy proposed and started construction on a large fracked gas transmission  line. Ultimately our goal is to draw the connection more clearly between all of our choices, energy and food and how this leads to Climate Disruption and how as communities we can address Climate and Environmental Injustice while being creative, sane, spiritual and whole. While I had goasl this year of turning my home into an Air BNB, an environmental crisis hit the community next to mine, Dedham MA. So rather than working on my own personal business and attending my health from a recent head injury sustained in my job as a skin instructor, I have worked diligently and non-stop to shut down a fracked gas pipeline in the twon next to mine. I have spent the past two months working diligently to help wake up a  a rather apathetic, scared and conservative community that had almost no idea a large transmission gas pipeline known as Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline was being forced on their front doorsteps, under their children's soccer field, through Wetlands and in denseley populated Environmental Justice and other neighborhoods and up and down the rte 1 shopping corridor.  In working with others to organize local community activists and ultimately galvanizing a community, I lent my expertiese, my organizations research and environmental organizing skills in the following endeavors. 1. participating in or running several meetings of a a group of Dedham residents, organized at the outset by Cathy Buckley of The Sierra Club who grew up in Dedham. 2. research and membership in the Mass Assoc of Conservation Commissioners to start the DEP appeal process, consultaiton with several outside experts like Kathy Kristofferson Conservation Commissioner for a Central Mass town and Claire Miller of Toxics Action, who have also travelled this path of DEP appeals. 3. membership and research in the Dedham Historical Society to research the historical background on the historically and culturally relevant  Mother Brook which would be crossed by the pipeline.  It is the oldest canal in this country, dug in 1637 and serves ast flood mitigation for teh Charles and Neponset Rivers. 4. Preparing documents, and research for three  Conservation Commission Meetings, one Selectmen's Meeting with the assistance of lead political resaercher Josh Sager 5. Ongoing contact including visits with State Sen. Rush's office, Selectmen Dennis Teehan and Brendan Keogh doing creative art protests, morning protests and 6. helping to organize the June 1, 2015 meeting sponsored by the Dedham Board of Selectmen, researching, writing and designing three factsheets with artist/graphic artist artist Keith Clougherty 7. organzing a Red Ribbon Interfaith Vigil to protest the pipeline including the money to copy several hundred flyer invitations, additional  copying, art supplies, red ribbons.  Once again assisted by artist Keith Clougherty, I designed a Vigil poster, additional efforts form Andrea Doremus and Agnes Poswalescka, Dedham and West Roxbury Interfaith Communities, 350Mass, JP First Parish, Flood Boston, etc.  Our most recent purpose is to bring awareness to and end Gas Transmission Lines in New England and Eastern Canada.  We do plan to continue to grow our organic and sustianable food efforts