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Open Houses are held by the pipeline company during the pre-filing stage. They differ from the Select Board presentations that they have been making around the region. Open Houses are a chance for pipeline representatives to mingle and chat directly with citizens. These events are especially intended for affected landowners, but all are welcome.
» See Kinder Morgan’s Open House Schedule for NED
It’s important to remember that the pre-filing period lasts until the formal filing is submitted (anticipated to happen in Fall of 2015). The main purpose of the open houses is for Kinder Morgan to share information and present their case for the pipeline in a more casual and one-on-one setting. The pre-filing is a time for the pipeline company to gather information to be able to submit a more complete formal application to FERC.
This is a time to meet fellow townspeople who may not have been active in opposition to the pipeline, and have discussions with them.
The open houses are also a time to for us listen to what the pipeline co. has to say with a critical ear, and to help us prepare, but not disclose vital information about the direct impacts this project could have to our personal properties and our towns. They may have more details on the project than have been previously disclosed, so please feel free to take notes and, if possible, take pictures of new information. This project affects you – you have the right to be informed.
OFFICIAL OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KINDER MORGAN
All held 6-8 pm
January 27: Milford, NH
50 Emerson Road, Milford, NH 03055
January 28: Berlin, MA
Berlin Memorial Elementary School Gymnasium;
34 South Street, Berlin, MA 01503
January 29: Fitchburg, MA
Fitchburg Memorial Middle School Gymnasium;
615 Rollstone Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
February 3: Rindge, NH
Four Star Catering;
18 Lisa Drive, Rindge, NH 03461
February 4: Winchester, NH
Winchester High School Gymnasium;
85 Parker St, Winchester, NH 03470
February 5: Greenfield, MA
Greenfield Community College Cafeteria;
One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301
February 9: New Lebanon, NY
New Lebanon Junior-Senior HS
14665 New York 22, New Lebanon, NY 12125
February 10: Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire Community College Cafeteria;
1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA
February 11: Farmington, CT
Farmington High School Cafeteria;
10 Montieth Dr., Farmington, CT
February 12: New Scotland, NY
Colonie Country Club;
141 Maple Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186
February 17: Andover, MA
123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA 01810
February 18: Londonderry, NH
Londonderry High School Cafeteria;
295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053
February 19: Hudson, NH
White Birch Banquet Hall;
222 Central St., Hudson, NH 03051
Inquiring Minds Want to Survey
NH, mid-Berkshire and Rensselaer Co. folks!
Sounds like TGP reps are hitting the streets to ask for permission to survey if they haven't in your neighborhood already. Don't forget that you have a right to say no. It will not hurt your standing to negotiate easements later on (even in eminent domain cases if it gets that far).
Download a DENY PERMISSION TO SURVEY LETTER. Fill out and sign, and make sure to send a copy to the address at the top via certified mail (so you have confirmation they received it).
Also send a signed copy to FERC at:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
You may do this, even if you don't live along the currently proposed path. Why? It can show solidarity with your fellow citizens, AND since this is still the early stages of the approval process, the preferred path can still change. Why not protect yourself pre-emptively and let the company and FERC know that it's not just directly affected landowners that oppose this project.
If you've already given permission to survey (anywhere along the route), you can still rescind permission by sending a RESCIND PERMISSION LETTER.
Don't forget, too, that if they come knocking at your door to ask
permission, you can hand them a copy directly as back-up to the above steps.
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for the latest meetings, presentations and actions
SATURDAY — JANUARY 10, 2015 — CUMMINGTON, MA
—Presentation of Compressor Station Video “You Don’t Hear Much About THIS” – A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor. All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Windsor can impact a community and what can be done to stop it!
Cummington Community House
Main St., Cummington, MA
SATURDAY — JANUARY 10, 2015 — NASSAU, NY
— Public Forum on Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline Through Rensselaer County, NY. Becky Meier a co-founder of “Stop NY Fracked GasPipeline” will narrate a Power Point Presentation about a proposed high-pressure fracked gas pipeline/compressor station in Rensselaer County to be routed along the powerlines.The environmental impact, health and safety concerns, and therights of communities will be discussed. The proposed pipeline and compressor station would affect thetowns of Schodack, Nassau, andStephentown, NY, and continue into Hancock, MA. Parking and event itself are free of charge.
St. Mary’s Church
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THURSDAY — JANUARY 15, 2015 — LANESBOROUGH, MA
— PRESENTATION about the PROPOSED GAS PIPELINE – WHAT IS IT? HOW ARE YOU AFFECTED? WHAT CAN YOU DO?. Open to the public, hosted by Citizens of Lanesborough with special invitation to Citizens of Hancock and Cheshire. SPEAKERS: Jane Winn – Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Rose Wessel – NoFrackedGasInMass.org. (Kinder Morgan Reps – Invited).
Lanesborough Community Room, Town Hall
83 N. Main St.
*PARKING IS LIMITED – PLEASE TRY TO CARPOOL *
TUESDAY — JANUARY 20, 2015 — BOSTON, MA
Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Meeting: Special Meeting for Public Comments on 2016-18 Plan and opportunity for written comments to be submitted by that date regarding three-year energy efficiency investment plans of the utilities
» Meeting Notice / Description
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Conference Rooms C and D
100 Cambridge Street, Floor 2,
THURSDAY — JANUARY 22, 2015 — ERVING, MA
— Presentation of compressor station video “You Don’t Hear Much About THIS” – A documentary describing what it means when a compressor station becomes your neighbor.
— North Quabbin Pipeline Action Public Meeting and Forum- What Next?- an opportunity to discuss the KM pipeline and actions for the upcomming weeks.
All area citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how a compressor station like the one now being planned for Northfield can impact a community and what can be done to stop it.
Erving Senior- Community Center
Rte 63 (1 Care Drive, just north of the Erving Elementary School)
FRIDAY — JANUARY 23, 2015 — WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
—“Log Lunch” Discussion on the pipeline – Guest speakers Jane Winn of BEAT and Rosemary Wessel of NFGiM will be speaking about the Kinder Morgan Pipeline at Williams College.
Discussion Free — Vegetarian lunch, $4.00
Dodd Dining Hall
SATURDAY — JANUARY 24, 2015 — DALTON, MA
— Video Screening, Rally and Publication Information Session on the Pipeline. A whole day of informational events!
10:30-11:15 Stephen Wicks film on compressor stations
11:15-noon “What you can do presentation”
Noon- 1:00 PM picture will be taken of people holding signs outside the American Legion for media publications
1:00-3:00 Rose and Jane Pipeline presentation followed by Q&A
American Legion Hall
Rte. 9, Dalton
SATURDAY — JANUARY 31, 2015 — PITTSFIELD, MA
— Public Information Session on the Pipeline. Speakers Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Rose Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass (more details to come)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Italian American Lodge
93 Waubeek Rd. (on Pontoosuc Lake)
A special thank you
to all our donors who participated in Valley Gives Day, our sincere thanks. Our matching grant goal was met and helped us qualify for some bonuses from the folks at Valley Gives.
Every donation, large or small, helps us forge ahead. Your continued support keeps us in the fight. If you missed this opportunity to give, you can always visit our Donation Page.
If you'd like to make donations earmarked specifically for legal services, please contact Katy at MassPLAN. A legal fund being kept in escrow to be used in fighting the pipeline battle.
We are proud to have Berkshire Environmental Action Team, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and the New World Foundation as our fiscal sponsors to help accept tax-deductible donations (501(c)3).
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