New opportunities to speak out!
- Deadline correction

Comment on Local Gas Distribution Companies' Contract Applications with the Mass. Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU)

Local gas distribution companies such as National Grid, Liberty Utilities, Berkshire Gas, and Columbia Gas have applied to have their contracts with Kinder Morgan (called "precedent agreements") approved by the Mass DPU.  These sort of contracts are what FERC would look at to determine whether Kinder Morgan has established a "need" (market demand) for the pipeline.  If Kinder Morgan does not receive state approval for each of these contracts, it should be very difficult for them to proceed with the project.  So far, PLAN-NE's technical review suggests that "need" is seriously overstated.

You can help fight this phase of pipeline development by directly commenting on these application Dockets!

Get the details and talking points to help you comment by email and/or participate directly in the hearings for these precedent agreement applications.

• Columbia Gas & National Grid
Comment Deadline, May 5; Hearing May 7 at the DPU in Boston

• Berkshire Gas
Comment Deadline, May 22; Hearing May 26 at the DPU in Boston

You can also help fight the new proposal put forward by the Baker Administration and MA Department of Energy Resources, which could make electric ratepayers pay for pipeline expansion.

This docket consists entirely of questions on how to expand natural gas capacity (based on the initial filing by Governor Baker's Dept. of Energy Resources) This docket does not discuss any alternatives to solving peak demand problems through further implementation of energy efficiency programs, use of clean energy solutions or alternative gas-based solutions such as LNG storage for peak demand.
• Comment Deadline May 26; no hearing date set yet.

» See our Act Now page to learn how to participate 
Your submitted comments and/or participation in the hearings need not be technical or complex to be effective!

Send in the Lawyers

Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc. (PLAN-NE) is engaging as a legal intervenor in these regulatory proceedings to challenge the gas companie's contracts. If you're able, please consider contributing to this effort. There is a chance for a matching grant of $10,000 to help us in this fight if we can raise that amount by Mother's Day (May 10th). We're currently 2/3 of the way there - help push us over the top!
Many thanks to those who have already contributed!

“The Pipeline and Your Rights – a Forum for
Landowners, Municipalities and Citizens”

This forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, will include attorneys, land specialists, elected officials and community activists. Topics will include protecting your rights as landowners, municipalities, and communities, and engaging in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.
Participants and panelists to include Scott Cote, Franklin County Registrar of Deeds; State Representative Paul Mark; Regulatory Attorney Richard Kanoff of Burns & Levinson, LLP; Rosemary Wessel, Founder of No Fracked Gas in Mass; Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust; Meg Burch, Conway Pipeline Task Force Chair, FRCOG Pipeline Advisory Committee Member and Conway Board of Health Member.
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA

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•  Get the latest on Beyond Extreme Energy's FERC Action coming up in May!
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