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T . . L ,nill,l.i,,lld,lldn,..h,l,O,lllni,,llni,l,dnn ,h,l 19 .... ********MIXED ADC 07099 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98.584-2263 .. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 19 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 9, 2014 $.35 A COPY [ zmage courtesty of http:/ / One mother can take care of six children, but six children cannot take care of one mother. by SaI Quote to Note "The American people have learned that you cannot believe what the White House says." U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa "Benghazi & Al Qaeda" Last Saturday's New York Post had an editorial that should be required reading for out of touch liberals on the issue of Benghazi and of the grow- ing threat of AI Qaeda. We now know from a previously unreleased government memo that blaming Benghazi on some anti-Muslim movie made in California was all a crock from start to finish. Finally, Speaker John Boehner is forming a special select committee on the Benghazi attacks which killed four Americans back on September 11, 2012. Plainly, the email contradicts the White House cover story and seemingly shows the White House and all the President's men (and women) who by the way make only 87 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts that facts were changed to make the President's war on terrorism look good just before the 2012 elections. Thank goodness a conservative political group found this in their freedom of information request. Despite what many liberals are still saying, this story still has many legs as most apparent cover-ups usually have. Case in point: Watergate. (Continued on Page 10) Success for "NO ETHANOL" Campaign On July 6, 2013, a train carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Canada derailed and destroyed much of downtown Lac-Megantie, Quebec, killing 47 people. Individuals, organizations and sponsors from the House of Representatives all worked together in creating an amend- ment to stop ethanol trains from passing through densely-populated neighborhoods of Massachusetts. Derailed trains transporting ethanol in flawed DOT-111 rail cars are prone to explode and cause fires that are almost impossible to extinguish without special alcohol-resistant foam and specially-trained firefighters. First responders are not sup- plied with enough foam to extinguish the rapidly growing fires that spread from car to car due to the low flashpoint of ethanol. In the past few years, several accidents have occurred resulting in several deaths and evacuation of several communities. Among the most highlighted accidents occurred in July 2013 in the town of Lac- M6gantic, Quebec. An unmanned, runaway train transporting crude oil was not prop- erly secured overnight and rolled into the center of downtown where it exploded kill- ing 47 people, destroying 40 buildings and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil in the town and nearby lake and river. In Massachusetts, the populations that could be potentially exposed to ethanol are those within the areas of the four corridors in which the trains would pass on Massa- chusetts Bay Commuter Rail tracks in or- der to bring Ethanol to Global Oil in Revere, according to a plan and study conducted in 2012. The four corridors are as follows: Corridor I starts at the Belmont/Cam- bridge line, heading east through Cambridge along the Fitchburg commuter rail line pass- ing under the Alewife Brook Parkway and through Porter Square. At Porter Square, the route passes into Somerville roughly paralleling Somerville Avenue into Union Square where it then passes under the McGrath Highway, in the vicinity of the Twin City Plaza, to access the Boston En- gine Terminal (BET} where it then joins the Shared Corridor described below. Corridor 2 starts at the Newton/Boston line, heading east along the Worcester/ Framingham commuter rail line which par- allels the Massachusetts Turnpike through Allston and Brighton. The route would then pass through the Beacon Park Yards in Allston with trains then switching onto the Grand Junction route that crosses the Charles River and passes into Cambridge. In Cambridge the Grand Junction route par- allels Vassar Street until it turns north crossing Broadway and Cambridge Street before it enters Somerville, crossing under the McGrath Highway, in the vicinity of the Twin City Plaza, to connect to the BET where it then joins the Shared Corridor described below. Corridor 3 starts at the Medford/ Somerville line, heading southeast along the Lowell commuter rail line through a portion of Somerville and then enters Medford, leaving the study area. The route then re-enters Somerville and the study area, crossing under Broadway near Ball Square and following the Lowell commuter rail line between Medford Street and High- land Avenue. The route then crosses under the McGrath Highway just north of the in- tersection with Highland Avenue and passes through the Inner Belt neighborhood to con- nect to the BET where it joins the Shared Corridor described below. The Shared Corridor starts at the BET then utilizes the Haverhill Commuter Rail Line heading north. At Assembly Square in Somerville, the route then switches to the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line, crossing the Mystic River and passing through Everett and Chelsea to enter Re- vere. Once in Revere, the train requires a reverse move to enter the sRur that leads to the Global facility. To do this the train would travel along the Newburyport/ Rockport commuter rail line as far north as Revere Street, and then run in reverse onto the East Boston spur to deliver the ethanol. It has been an ongoing battle for a coali- tion of residents from several communities, including but not limited to, Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Somerville and Everett. Last year, campaigners achieved the passage of legislation co-sponsored by State Senators DiDomenico, Petruccelli and Jehlen that caused Global Oil to withdraw their request for a Chapter 91 license. This license would have permitted Global Oil to upgrade their property in order to accept trains transport- ing ethanol; now being transported by barge. Even though Global Oil withdrew their pro- (Continued on Page 15) THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II:(X) AM to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information 1