Dear Neighbors,

You may have heard the disturbing news that construction has begun on the West Roxbury Lateral Gas Pipeline.  Some of you attended the teach-in we organized in May. Neighbors are concerned about the safety risks of the pipeline and the climate change implications of unneeded fossil fuel infrastructure.Butler-ResistPipeline.jpg

As construction began in Dedham, the Chair of the Dedham Selectman, Mike Butler, did civil disobedience to express his outrage at the Texas-based Spectra Corporation overriding local concerns and lawsuits.


In Boston, organizing has begun to stop the pipeline at the Dedham-Boston line.  All of our elected officials –including Mayor Walsh, the Boston City Council, Rep. Stephen Lynch — have pledged to use every tool at their disposal to stop the pipeline.  On Friday, Spectra Corporation, sued the City of Boston, threatening to use eminent domain powers to take city land to build the pipeline.

As the pipeline approaches, we may call for a direct nonviolent blockade, if necessary.  We need you to pledge to join us for vigils and possibly non-violent direct action.


Here are some ways you can get involved today: 

  1.  Learn More and Take the Pledge at the new web portal, which includes “Six Reasons to Oppose the Pipeline” and links to more information.
  2. Chip in for a Newspaper Advertisement. Contribute to a newspaper signature advertisement in a local newspaper through this portal. Click here to donate now!

  3. Spread the Word.  Forward this information to friends and neighbors. On Facebook? Please like the Resist The West Roxbury Pipeline Facebook Page and share and re-post our updates with your own facebook friends.

  4. Join us for outreach on Saturday, July 11.  Stop the West Roxbury Lateral (SWRL) will be door-knocking and staffing information tables at high-traffic areas around West Roxbury on July 11.  If you can volunteer, contact: Paul Horn at or Nancy Wilson
  5. Get trained in nonviolent direct action. If you are considering participating in nonviolent direct action, plan on attending a non-violent direct action training sessions. These will include information about the scenarios and legal training. To RSVP or for more information, contact Andrea at

    There are presently two scheduled:

    • Friday, July 10th at 6-9 pm at the Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA 02132
    • Tuesday, July 14th, 6-9 pm at the Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132

In Solidarity,

Chuck Collins