Kinder Morgan / TGP's Resource Report
and Possible Huge Changes to the Project
November 10, 2014
Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas (TGP) have filed their Resource Report for the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. It’s an extensive list of documents now available on the NED Info page. Resource Report 10 shows multiple possible alternate routes. One in particular through southern New Hampshire is gaining special attention right now as a possibly preferred final route. For now, the Open Houses planned for Nov. & Dec. are canceled to give us all time to absorb the new pile of information. (See more about this below)
Composite map showing all the possible alternate routes to NED.
Taking a look at them all individually, it seemed evident that there is no route that would be an acceptable compromise. I compiled them all into one image so we could see them all at once. The true need for this project remains unproven; the risks of damage entirely real no matter WHERE they choose to locate this project.
Now is the time for people all over Massachusetts to ask their state legislators and Congressional Representatives to say no to new pipeline development and to stand for Article 97 of the state Constituion. (See suggestions for action below)
Ken Hartlage of StopNED summed up the situation better than any:
Pipeline opponents wise to Kinder Morgan’s
divide and conquer tactics
Posted on November 7, 2014
The groans were audible for miles around. Kinder Morgan had just filed its Northeast Energy Direct (NED) resource report with potential alternate routes listed, and the news was spreading like wildfire. Never mind that none of these routes are approved – the mere mention of that possibility has sent citizens in both MA and NH into frenzy.
Article 97 Avoidance and Co-located Alternative Routes Figure 10.3-9
Suddenly MA towns such as Cummington, Chelmsford and Westford are in the line of fire, as are businesses along Rte. 119. NH hit the double jackpot with a brand new spur option through Brookline plus a possible major pipeline stretching from Winchester to Pelham. Unfortunate for Western Mass., they draw the short straw no matter what route is selected.
With thousands more residents across MA and NH now affected by one of the potential new routes Kinder Morgan is no doubt sitting back waiting for the NIMBY apocalypse to unfold. They are counting on us to battle each other for the ultimate prize – to keep the pipeline out of our respective towns and off our conservation lands. Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan can bide their time, banking on one greenfield route or another emerging as FERC’s choice.
NH Powerline Alternative Figure 10.3.10
Fortunately most informed people are wise to these tactics, and know there is only one winner in this game of charades: Kinder Morgan. Anything short of defeating the pipeline means we all will pay the price of accelerated climate change, a spoiled environment and, if any gas is exported, the probability of higher – not lower – prices.
Divide and conquer is the oldest strategy in the book. Don’t fall for it. Strength in numbers is our strongest weapon. It’s helped us postpone the pipeline tariff and secure the Administration’s commitment to study our energy needs. And now the Open Houses have been postponed further delaying the process. Let’s work together to add one more “win” to the list – putting an end to this pipeline forever.
Ken Hartlage StopNED
Hearings postponed on natural-gas pipeline
as company unveils possible alternate routes
By Chelsea Feinstein, email@example.com
November 7, 2014
LOWELL - Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is considering alternate routes for its proposed natural-gas pipeline, and has postponed 12 open houses that were scheduled for November and December to allow stakeholders time to consider additional information on the project, including those routes.
Company spokesman Richard Wheatley said the extra time would allow residents, officials and others interested in the project to review new maps, environmental-impact reports and alternate routes that the company filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday.
Pipeline Developer "Seriously Considering"
Moving Route To N.H.
Kinder Morgan, a natural gas pipeline developer, says it is seriously considering an alternative route for a major new pipeline that would bring the line up into New Hampshire. The new route would bury the pipeline almost entirely under power lines in existing rights of way.
Currently, the expansion to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline network is proposed to run through Northern Massachusetts, where it has sparked the concerns of residents.
In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kinder Morgan identified several alternative routes, which it says it’s investigating.
“It is not perfunctory, and we are seriously considering some of the alternatives,” says Allen Fore, Vice President of Public Affairs with Kinder Morgan.
Maps, maps, maps
Satellite Map view of Hudson River crossing
Remember those outdated USGS maps Kinder Morgan initially filed? Lots of people complained to FERC that they should be using updated "ortho-photos" similar to those on Google's Satellite (Earth) view. Well, now they're here. Many many maps and satellite maps in Resource Report
Statewide Summit Update
The Summit will bring together residents, affected landowners, local leaders, elected officials, and environmental and conservation groups in an educational forum to learn how to have their concerns about the Kinder Morgan NED project addressed, and how to advocate for a clean energy future for Massachusetts. More than 150 people have already commited to attending the conference including State Senators Eileen Donoghue and Jamie Eldridge and State Representatives Jennifer Benson, Linda Dean Campbell, Stephen DiNatale, Sheila Harrington, Stephen Kulik, and Chris Walsh.
The event is free, but space is limited so please encourage others to register at EventBrite.
The Rolling March of Words
is set to kick-off Nov. 30!
The march is meant to be a weekly gathering every Sunday in December (starting Nov 30). The intent is for residents of the towns (and allies) to write letters to state senators and representatives to urge their upholding of Article 97.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION
– Pick one or many, all make a difference!
— Sign the Petition to Ban New Gas Pipelines and Champion Sustainable Energy. Over 12,600 have already signed – still gathering to present to the new administration in January!
» Sign online
— Comment on the pipeline proposal docket at FERC (learn how). FERC has the final say in permitting pipelines and assigns docket numbers to each proposal. Anyone can comment.
- Northeast Energy Direct is #PF14-22
- Connecticut Expansion is #CP14-529
Aside from personal comments on why you don’t support new pipelines, make sure any official documents from your town officials are filed as well (Resolutions, statements of opposition or concern from town boards, planning commissions, conservation commission, etc)
— Participate in the review process on the new study into the Low Demand Scenario currently being conducted by the Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources.
Responding to the pressure we’ve put on the issue, the Governor committed to a new study of the Low Demand Scenario and has tasked the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Affairs with following through.
One more meeting to go, November 20.
» Find out more about the study and how to participate.
— Businesses! Sign the Pledge to Oppose the Pipeline. Please join to have your business listed as part of the opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan TGP Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. We will list your business at MassPLAN.org and elsewhere in our campaign.
» Print out and mail in, or
» Sign up online at MassPLAN.org
— Farmers, and customers of local farms! Declare your Opposition to the Pipeline. The Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline hits agricultural areas especially hard. Stand up to preserve local food and a way of life
» Print out and send in your Declaration
— Ask Governor Deval Patrick to publicly oppose the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan, to deny them access to state land for survey, and to keep the currently stalled tariff to pay for pipelines off the table.
Ask him to join our Congresspeople Warren, Markey and McGovern, as well as more than half a dozen State Legislators so far who have taken a public stand against this pipeline.
— Reach out to the Governor Elect
Take this moment to congratulate Charlie Baker on his victory and to introduce him to your views on the pipeline issue. We look forward to working with him on this as we have with Governor Patrick. For now, his campaign office contact should work:
The Baker Committee
1505 Commonwealth Ave., 5th Floor
Brighton, MA 02135
— Ask your state legislators to:
1. Oppose the release of Article 97 land from its protection. To release protected land from that state protection requires a 2/3 majority of both houses of state government. Usually the request comes from the Senator and Representative from where the land is located. Please ask your Senator and Representative to oppose the release of any Article 97 land for building this pipeline.
2. Oppose any tariffs to support fossil fuel development that may come along. The previous bill that would have backed a tariff on all ratepayers to help fund the pipelines didn’t pass this summer, but other similar efforts may arise later. Kinder Morgan representatives stated that, although they don’t need a tariff to fund their pipeline, they would take full advantage of one if the issue came up again.
3. Hold a hearing on New England States Committee On Electricity’s (NESCOE) mode of operations and the lack of public accountability. Call for an investigation of NESCOE – A Conservation Law Foundation briefing paper (http://www.clf.org/blog/clean-energy-climate-change/governors-infrastructure-plan/) shows that NESCOE operates pretty much behind closed doors with undue influence by the gas and utility companies. The organization acts like a quasi-governmental organization, speaking for the governments of the 6 New England states. The Governor should call for an investigation of NESCOE, while demanding NESCOE:
- respond in full to the current Freedom of Information Act Request,
- create a public process for determining the future of our electric
— In Your Community
• Join over 3 dozen towns so far, and ask for a regular or special Town Meeting vote for a Resolution to Ban New Pipelines and Champion Sustainable Energy or a Declaration of Community Rights — or both! If your town ends up passing one of these, make sure to send an official copy to FERC.
• Talk to your town officials about enacting special by-laws or ordinances that limit the kinds of development or construction allowed in your town.
• Ask your select board or city council to consider a bylaw that energy used for municipal purposes come from clean energy sources, either locally generated, for purchased with RECs through programs like New England Green Start.
• Consider having your town become a Green Community. The Green Communities Designation and Grat Program helps municipalities navigate and meet the five criteria required to qualify for grants that finance additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level.
— Write OpEds or Letters to the Editor about the pipeline issue. This especially important to counter inaccurate or one-sided reports you may see, but writing about the pipeline issue preemptively is a good way to bring the subject to the general public.
— In Your Own Home or Business
• Contact MassSAVE for a free home energy audit. Find out where you can improve your energy efficiency and what incentive programs and rebates you qualify for.
• Talk to a nearby rooftop or small-scale wind energy provider about systems you could use to generate your own clean energy. If you’re not sure where to find someone, NESEA’s Sustainable Green Pages could be a good place to start.
• If your own energy system isn’t an option, consider adding New England Green Start to your utility account. For pennies more per KWh, you can ensure that the amount of energy you use is purchased by your utility company from clean energy sources.
Visit our Act Now page frequently for updated ideas for action!
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MONDAY — NOVEMBER 10 — HINSDALE
— Pipeline Presentation by Jane Winn of BEAT and Rose Wessel of NFGiM, followed by a presentation on the New England Green Start program by Simone Cifuentes of CET.
Hinsdale Town Hall
MONDAY — NOVEMBER 10, 2014 — LOWELL, MA
SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 15 — WORCESTER
— 350MA will be hosting a meeting tonight. We will be discussing Lowell city divestment and the Northeast expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We will also be providing pizza and coffee. Come weigh in on these important issues and bring a friend.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
47 Lee St.
Downtown Lowell, MA
— Green Party Convention - Jim Cutler of MassPLAN will be special guest speaker and panelist for pipeline issues.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street
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