FANG started working on the #StopSpectra campaign in 2014 to resist Spectra Energy’s Northeast expansion plans. Spectra has proposed three projects for the Northeast which would then connect to LNG export terminals in Canada. The costs of these projects would be $17-20 billion.
Two of the pipeline projects would require the expansion of the compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island. FANG has been organizing on the ground with Burrillville residents, along with groups from across in RI, CT, MA, and NY who are utilizing an array of nonviolent tactics to stop these expansion plans.
The campaign to halt Spectra’s first project, the “Algonquin" Incremental Market, or "AIM" project, was met with massive resistance. Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion (BASE) is a community group that FANG has supported and collaborated with for years in resisting the Spectra compressor station expansions. Along with numerous trainings, speaking tours and working with other community groups to build a regional coalition, FANG’s work to stop the "AIM" expansion included multiple sit-in arrests at local government offices, construction site lockdowns, a 60-ft tree sit at the construction site in Burrillville, two occupations of Spectra’s office in Waltham, MA, multiple visits and a lockdown at the HQ of Spectra’s biggest investors, a march from Burrillville to Providence and disruptions of the largest fracked-gas industry meetings in the Northeast. In response to this resistance, two Spectra safety inspectors came forward to FANG to blow the whistle on rampant safety violations on the companies expansion projects.
Spectra Energy was recently purchased by Enbridge, one of Canada’s largest midstream (pipeline and processing) companies. While the "AIM" expansion was completed despite massive resistance, Spectra's $3 billion Access Northeast project, the largest of the three proposed expansions was cancelled in June 2017.
Campaign Highlights and Media Hits
- Access Northeast Project Cancelled
- Safety Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Spectra
- 100 March, 8 Arrested in Burrillville
- FANG Lock-down in Burrillville
- Another Lock-down in Burrillville
- Tree-sit in Burrillville
- Gas Conference Shut Down
- "Laugh Riot" Interrupts Senator Whitehouse over Spectra Pipeline
- March from Burrillville to Providence
- Spectra's Office Taken Over
- Lock-down at State Street Corporation
- Three Arrested at Jack Reed's Office
- Pipeline protesters arrested at Senator Reed's Office
- The Week of Respect and Resistance
- Tripod Deployed at Spectra's Office
- "Unite the Fight" Action in Boston
- Multi-state week of action against fracked gas pipeline expansion
- Activists march 28 miles from Burrillville to Providence to protest fracked gas pipeline