[Solidarity] No Eastie Substation Parade
Join us for the next episode of the the #NoEastieSubstation campaign. This time we will have a another peaceful and colorful clown parade in East Boston. We meet at Maverick square to call Governor Healey to stop clowning around with the East Boston community. It is not funny to build a dangerous high-voltage substation across a playground. Feel free to join us in your own clown costume. Despite promises to review the legal requirements, the Healey administration has not acted. We continue our #NoEastieSubstation campaign and are calling on Governor Healey and first-in-the-nation Climate Chief Hoffer to intervene on the local community's behalf.
- We demand that the substation project be moved to Massport. They are the largest single user of electricity in East Boston.
- Explore options for community control of energy infrastructure in East Boston to address systemic inequalities and promote environmental justice.
- Ensure a conservative design of the facility for realistic climate crisis scenarios and compensate the community commensurate with the waterfront and public use that they have lost.
A substation is a piece of infrastructure that allows high voltage electricity to be dropped to a lower distribution level voltage that can be used in households. The proposed site is poorly chosen: Close to Chelsea creek, in a densely populated community, adjacent to a playground & soccer field and only a few hundred feet from a large storage area for Massport’s jet fuel. Due to the location being a climate-induced flood zone, community members are concerned about the possibility of an explosive accident.
Nearly 84 percent of Boston voters cast their ballots in opposition to an electric substation that Eversource plans to build along the Chelsea Creek in the Eagle Hill neighborhood of East Boston. Unfortunately this ballot question is non-binding. Shortly afterward Eversource has filed a special request that supersedes 14 local and state environmental review processes with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. That certificate was granted in November 2022 so that Eversource could start construction of the East Boston substation on January 10 , 2023.
Protests have intensified since the beginning of the construction. Here some examples of coverage:
- CBS News Jan 17, 2023
- Eastie Times Jan 18, 2023
- El Planeta Jan 26, 2023
- WinterFest Feb 11, 2023
- NoEastieSubstation Picnic June 7, 2023
For more background information see https://xrboston.org/substation/.