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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

5 responses to “Environmental impact of National Grid pipeline rupture in Providence unknown”

  1. salgal

    Jeez Louise, all the players are saying all the right things except for RIDEM who perhaps is hoping that you’ll lose interest before Maguire returns and can structure an appropriate response.

    I wonder if this level of scrutiny might prompt Spectra/Algonquin to fix the leaking pipeline up in Burrillville that has been smelling up the area for quite awhile.

    Managing the ugliness of the fossil fuel empire must be so stressful. People asking questions and taking photos. Demanding accountability. Questioning motives. Calling their elected officials. Protesting. Talking about solar and wind. Not to mention geothermal. Not to mention wave! National Grid, Spectra and their cartel ilk are so terribly maligned, eh?

    Ready for the next rupture? You better be because they sure as hell are not. Does putting compromised soil under a tarp on a very busy street within eyesight of a hospital sound like a reasonable remediation step. No.

    If you haven’t been paying attention, this might be a good time to start.

    Thanks, Ahlquist!

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  2. m. bessette

    The assurances of NG’s PR man are gratuitous and hollow. What if there was a legally-binding protocol in place that required these entities to subsidize an independent health assessment following these ruptures? That the public has to fight for such an assessment even after a major rupture (like the four-month SoCalGas leak) speaks to how safety is, at best, a secondary concern, and at worst, a distant afterthought.

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