Group urges Governor to protect environment for future generations

Raised concerns over tree-cutting in Otis State Forest to make way for a controversial natural gas pipeline.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Some Massachusetts mothers fear for their children’s future in a world that relies on coal and oil. They’re calling on Governor Charlie Baker to take more action in protecting our environment.

The environmental group Mothers Out Front brought strollers full of hundreds of postcards from concerned residents across the state, including western Massachusetts, to the governor’s office. Their message: protect our kids.

They told 22News they have growing concerns over tree-cutting in Otis State Forest to make way for the Connecticut Expansion Project, a controversial natural gas pipeline. “Governor Baker keeps saying it’s not his department,” Anne Goodwin, the group’s leader said. “He keeps saying it’s a federal matter, but there are things he can do.”

That sentiment was echoed by fellow group member Randi Soltysiak. “There are state agents who can make choices to protect our water, to protect our air, to protect our health, our children’s health.”

These mothers have been coming to the state house every year to fight for a safe and healthy climate for all children.