Protesters to March in Opposition to Natural Gas

By CATHERINE SENGEL/ecoRI News contributor

Environmentalists and opponents of natural gas will march the snow-banked 28 miles from Burrillville, R.I., to Providence this week to draw attention to efforts to stop a proposed pipeline expansion across northern Rhode Island.

Members of Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG) are coordinating the three-day, March 4-6, event in support of Burrillville Against Spectra Energy (BASE), a grassroots organization trying to block plans to expand the capacity of the town’s 60-year-old compressor station owned by Houston-based Sprectra Energy.

“We want to bring the story about those who are most impacted to the decision-makers in Providence, and show our solidarity with people on the front lines trying to stop this project,” FANG organizer Nick Katkevich said.

Marchers will begin the trek March 4 at noon at the Burrillville compressor station in the Pascoag section town and walk as far as Chapatchet. Day 2 will take the contingent from Chapatchet to Greenville, with staged actions at sites around Providence, including at the Statehouse, when demonstrators reach their final destination March 6.

Organizers posted notices across news outlets and social media enlisting supporters ready to assist or march for any length of the journey.

Katkevich said plans are in the works to post regular updates along the way on Twitter and FANG’s Facebook page.

Signup forms are available online.