The Foundry: Ethanol Train Through Cambridge

The Foundry: Ethanol Train Through Cambridge

City Council Resolution 4 & 6. Hope and frustration...

Yesterday at the city council 2 things happened.

First and foremost, resolution 4, opening the Foundry on June 22nd. I was not able to attend city council and missed the first part of debate on TV... But luckily it was approved... Which I’m really excited about... Although this doesn’t seem to guarantee we’ll be able to host an open house art/community/nonprofit serving kids event, it’s the first official step in the process... Thx to Tim Toomey for moving this forward and the rest of the council for approving it.

Second, resolution 6, refer to the following blogs,

http://www.cctvcambridge.org/EthanolTrains
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/EthanolTrains2
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/EthanolTrains3

by fellow CCTV blogger Saul Tannenbaum for details. In short, Global Petroleum Partners wants to have their ethanol delivered to their Chelsea station by train. This means an extremely long train full of ethanol traversing Boston and Cambridge, some of the most densely populated areas in the United States, and many other massachusetts towns. This is obviously a very very bad idea. Nothing can actually justify this happening except... Money. Since federal law supersedes state and local laws, very little can be done to stop this from happening, although lots of efforts is spend trying (search Ethanol Train MA, see below for meeting tonight). Which brings me to last night’s city council.

When the issue came to discussion, one by one, city councilors decried their inability to influence or impact the passage of the ethanol ‘bomb’ train through Cambridge. They summoned residents to rise up, as they themselves expressed their frustration. The power that be will not listen to us, we’re trying our best but no ones is responding... We can’t block this from happening but we can certainly delay it, help us... I felt their frustration, their anger... But couldn’t help but smile as a tear ran down my check...

I was hearing the frustration every concerned Cantabridgian experiences when expressing their view in front of the city council. This is an extremely important and frustrating issue, and the city councilors can do nothing, almost nothing, about it. Every time we resident challenge or express frustration at the way the city council manages their decisions, we, the residents, are dismissed. Except when it serves them. It is frustrating not to be considered, to meet the wall of silence, to feel an ineffectiveness to influence, to be shutdown...

The Foundry, if nothing else, stands as the residents symbol of frustration... The city, the power that be, decided, despite residents objections and comments... the microphone is open, but the voices fall on deaf hears... to sell the Foundry. While so many good things could be done to make it special, different. The park opposite the Foundry has been in the city’s hands for almost 2 years, as well as 1 million dollars to plan it’s future, still nothing has been done... Toilets at public parks have been requested, still excuses and mysterious reasons, makes this a far fetched idea which will take years to materialize...

Dear city councilors, it is your job to make things happen, not only when the issue is as grave as the ethanol train of Global Petroleum Partners, but all the time. Don’t use fear as motivator... Ie: train of death comes through cambridge help us stop it... But motivate your constituent to participate all the time. Listen to their voices and not always to yourselves. It is extremely frustrating to see money always superseding common sense, the politics of the 1% is only profitable to the 1%... While the rest of us suffer the consequences the ‘1%’ chance of ‘it’ going wrong...

No ethanol train should go through any populated area, be it Haverhill, Worcester, Boston or Cambridge.
The foundry should not be sold. The foundry in its entirety should server the Cambridge community, house the arts, a community center and non profit serving kids.

Your job, city councilors, is to amplify the voices of your constituents, your job is to make sure we, the residents, are heard... Your job is to encourage and facilitate participation not only when danger looms but always...

To all who read:
This afternoon at 5:30pm a meeting concerning the ethanol train through cambridge will take place. You all should go if you can.
June 4, 2013, MassDOT will present the findings of its ethanol safety study to the public at the King Open School from 5:30-7:30 pm