By Pattie Pacella, Neighb News Correspondent
On Saturday, July 9th more than 60 residents, friends, and members of the South Coast Neighbors United; marched from Pulaski School in New Bedford, past the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility on Peckham Street in Acushnet, to Mill Street back the three miles to the Ford Middle School.
“We did this to bring the information to the residents,” said organizer and Freetown resident, Wendy Graca. “We did it to get it out there. I believe we made an impact. Some people videotaped, took pictures with their phones, even to our signs. I’m happy with the turnout.”
As they marched down the streets of Acushnet, Ms. Graca led the marchers with a chant which could be heard all the way down to the last person.
“Tell Spectra. No Thanks
“We don’t want it, we don’t care
“Get your fracked gas out of here
“Money’s what it’s all about
“Tell the Town don’t sell us out
“If Baker approves the pipeline tax
“In two years, he’ll get axed.”
Dana Gravina said he was amazed at how many people still don’t know anything about the facility or the project.
“That’s why we are here,” he said.
At Ford Middle School marchers heard closing remarks, before having a picnic lunch.
Acushnet resident Roger Cabral thanked Ms. Graca for putting the walk together and then said, “I was amused as we walked by the current facility, they actually had security out in ront of the current LNG tanks. They probably had more security there today than what they are going to have when their tanks are triple the size; they’re afraid of us.”
He said he was very pleased with the turnout.
“We don’t want them here,” he said.
Cathy Kristofferson, of StopNED said her organization started in 2014 to fight the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal and to promote a clean renewable energy future. Kinder Morgan withdrew their application at FERC in May.
“We came down to Acushnet today to march in solidarity with the South Coast Neighbors United, an organization we have be assisting since they formed, and their fight against the Spectra Access Northeast,” she said.