Protests Greet New England Governors And Eastern Canadian Premiers

Jul 14, 2014

Protesters gathered Sunday to push back against energy development ahead of a meeting Monday between the New England Governor’s and Premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces.

Energy and trade will be the focus of the dignitaries, who last met in Quebec in September.

Northern Pass opponents gathered a few miles from the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, the site of the conference, and waved signs to passing cars.

Will Abbot, with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests the proposal to connect Quebec’s hydro-power dams to New England.

"We hope that the governors will follow Governor Hassan’s lead in suggesting there may very well be a better way of doing it than what’s being proposed," Abbot said.

Meanwhile, just across from the hotel, activists with Tar Sands Free Northeast, like Dorian Williams, pushed against Canada’s extraction of oil from the Alberta Tar Sands, and a proposal to build new natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts.

"All the New England Governors signed a letter to NEPOOL asking that they increase electric rate-payers fees in order to pay for Kinder-Morgan and Spectra to be building these pipelines," Williams said.

Last September the delegates signed a non-binding resolution emphasizing energy efficiency and energy trade.