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FERC Scoping Meetings Draw Large Crowds
Two more on current schedule: Public calls for a restart




Last week saw four FERC Scoping Meetings, each one drawing crowds in the hundreds. Though many expected concerns like impact to water quality, economic impact and jobs were brought up, one of the most consistent points made from one location to another was the untimeliness of the Scoping Meetings. 

On the afternoon of Friday, July 24th, Kinder Morgan released its 6,571 page set of new Resource Reports, based on a re-scaled project and still packed with major sections of some of the most impactful aspects of pipeline infrastructure still blank. The timing of this release, after residents of PA & NY had meetings with the old Resource Reports as their only reference, and just four days before these Scoping Meetings in MA & NH started, was characterized in a range of ways, including "untimely", "unfair", and possibly "capricious".

The call to halt the current schedule of Scoping Meetings, and to start the Scoping process from scratch with a new 60-day comment period was made over and over, not just from scored of citizens, but from a sizable list of elected officials.

» See statement by MA Congressional Rep. McGovern
» See statement by MA State Legislators
   Rosenberg, Downing, Kulik, Mark, Cariddi, Whipps-Lee

MEDIA REPORTS ON LAST WEEK'S HEARINGS
» Hundreds Oppose Pipeline Project, iBerkshires
» FERC Gets and Earful, Greenfield Recorder
» Pipeline Protesters Flood FERC Session in Nashua, Ledger-Transcript
» Pipeline Official Grapples with Criticism, Greenfield Recorder

VIDEO COVERAGE OF HEARINGS
» Greenfield Scoping Meeting
» Milford Scoping Meeting
 

You Can Still Comment!

The current Scoping period officially ends on August 31, 2015. There are still three more meetings in this current schedule
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Dracut Senior High School
1540 Lakeview Ave.
Dracut, MA 01826

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Lunenburg High School
1079 Massachusetts Ave.
Lunenburg, MA 01462

— FERC indicated that there will be a meeting scheduled for Winchester, NH, but has yet to disclose an exact location or date.

» Learn more about Scoping

Key points remain the unfair timing of the Scoping Meetings and the fact that towns affected by Compressor Stations and those in eastern Mass facing lateral pipelines, are largely excluded from having local scoping hearings.

» We are also still encouraging people to contact Congress and their State Legislators to ask for the Scoping Process to start over.
 

Next Up! Coming this Week:
MA Energy Facilities Siting Board Hearings on NED


The EFSB is holding hearings next week to help inform the Commonwealth’s position at (and comments to) FERC.  We could all repurpose our FERC comments for commenting to the EFSB, but we should specifically also use these hearings as a way to let Governor Baker know our concerns about the Northeast Energy Direct.

These hearings are coming up this week!
Monday, August 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Dracut Senior High School Auditorium
1540 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA 01826
 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Taconic High School Auditorium
96 Valentine Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Greenfield Community College
1 College Drive (Dining Commons)
Greenfield, MA 01301
 
Thursday, August 6, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Lunenburg High School Auditorium
1079 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunenburg, MA 01426

» More information

Meanwhile, in Sandisfield ....
Concerns over Kinder Morgan's CT Expansion Pipeline plan continue to ramp up


ILLEGAL SEGMENTATION
Kinder Morgan's CT Expansion Pipeline plan consists of three segments of pipeline "looping" (new pipeline added alongside existing pipelines) in PA, CT and in Sandisfield, MA.  In the view of those watching both CT Expansion and NED, these dual applications, their physical proximity in CT, the fact that KM considers the 200-line as a possible alternate route for NED, and the fact that they share at least two customers indicates and increasingly clear case of illegal segmentation (when a pipeline company files applications for a project in separate sections to create the illusion of a smaller impact and less cumulative impact).
» See ruling for Delaware Riverkeeper vs. FERC

This point was brought up by several commenters at last week's Scoping Meetings for NED, and can be pressed in comments on FERC Dockets for both projects. Properly merging the two projects into one could reset the entire process back to a new Pre-Filing, giving stakeholders for both projects more time to properly prepare and address the issue.

» Comment on both dockets at FERC
CT Expansion Docket #CP14-529
NED Docket #PF14-22


ARTICLE 97 OVERRIDE LEGISLATION
In pursuing the CT Expansion project, not only did Kinder Morgan skip the pre-filing process, but they hoped to have FERC conduct a basic Environmental Assessment, not the full Environmental Impact Statement normally required for new projects.

Now "emergency legislation" has been introduced in the MA Legislature to try to force a release of Article 97 land in Sandisfield for use for this pipeline.  An additional alarming aspect of this proposed legislation is that it was filed by Rep. Bradley Hingham, a MA State Rep. from the eastern Plymouth Co., far from the area to be impacted should it pass. This is a highly unusual maneuver that has other lawmakers concerned and could set a bad precedent for future Article 97 requests.

Bill H.3690
An Act relative to the conveyance of an easement in the town of Sandisfield, Massachusetts

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham (Plymouth 3rd Dist.), a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Garrett J. Bradley for legislation to authorized the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. certain permanent subsurface and surface easements located in the town of Sandisfield for pipeline purposes.
» Read the Bill here

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact FERC and demand that they tell Kinder Morgan they will have to go through process of having Article 97 released by the state, not just as an emergency measure (there IS no emergency other than Kinder Morgan's rush to get the CT Expansion ready to go) and press concerns over illegal segmentation

— Contact Legislator Bradley (especially if you're from Western MA) about your objection to his call to release land from Article 97 protection that isn't in his jurisdiction. Make sure to copy whole committee.
» Example: Letter sent by Berk. Co. resident, Judy Eddy

Contact your own State Legislators with the same concerns and ask them to stand against ANY release of Article 97 land.
 
» WAMC reports on the CT Expansion issue
» Learn more about the CT Expansion from S.T.O.P.


See upcoming events on our site including
weekly compressor station vigils in Northfield
Pipeline Processions

    a new performance series along the pipeline route






Check back often - we update as events are announced. Send notices of pipeline related events to nofrackedgasinmass@gmail.com.
 
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