Many communities today are facing threats to health and safety from pipelines, compressor stations, fracking, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. These large scale projects led by powerful corporations can seem impossible to stop, but grassroots organizers and activists are developing powerful resistance strategies and collaborating across town and state borders to protect their communities.
Join us to learn from the community organizers who spearheaded efforts to block the Kinder Morgan Northeast Direct Pipeline in their communities and won! Kathryn Eiseman of Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass. will share their stories and will discuss effective strategies that other communities can use in their own resistance campaigns.
Rosemary Wessel, Director, No Fracked Gas in Mass.
A resident of Cummington, Mass who heard about the NED pipeline in 2014, Rose decided to take action by partnering with Bruce and Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) in presenting information to the public and giving suggestions on how to take action to stop it. No Fracked Gas in Mass is now an official program of BEAT that’s continuing the fight against the four pipeline projects currently active in Massachusetts. She’s also a small business owner, managing her graphic design business, Three Salamanders Design Studio, and assisting her wife’s local egg business, Fuzzy Face Farm. She holds an MS in resource efficient architecture from UMass Amherst and is currently advising clean energy retrofits for the Old Stone Mill Center for Arts and Creative Engineering in Adams, MA.
Kathryn Eiseman, President - Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast
Katy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Environmental Science from UMass, Amherst, and has served as a consultant for various land conservation and environmental organizations. In 2014, after helping Rosemary Wessel launch No Fracked Gas in Mass, Katy established the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network (MassPLAN), a statewide coalition of groups and organizations opposed to the pipeline. Katy is the founding president of PLAN-NE, which helps organize and fund legal efforts to oppose expanding gas infrastructure throughout New England.