Your Chance to be Heard
Berkshire Gas Hearing • June 11, Greenfield

Due to pressure from us and Sen. Stan Rosenberg, there will be a second hearing on Berkshire Gas' application with the DPU to buy gas from Kinder Morgan on NED in Greenfield.
June 11, 7:00 pm
Greenfield Middle School

195 Federal St., Greenfield

This is your chance to speak out and be heard on Berkshire Gas' unwarranted moratorium on new customers, and the impact that it's sole plan - the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline - would have on you and your community.

Please attend this crucial hearing on Berkshire Gas' application for contracts to buy gas from the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Stopping these contracts could stop the pipeline. PLAN-NE has been denied permission to intervene so far (we are in appeal of that decision), so showing how many people in Western Mass will be affected is crucial.
Please come and bring friends!

If you plan to make a statement, please be aware that if attendance is heavy, speakers may be limited to 3 minutes. Elected officials will be given first priority to speak, so please let your local and state representatives know what concerns you want raised.

» If you're not sure what to say, See our ACT NOW Page for sample comments already filed.

Hearing offers residents chance to sound off on pipeline proposal 

Daily Hampshire Gazette, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration need to hear from opponents of the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline en masse.

There are numerous policy decisions being made and proceedings underway at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities that will have a direct impact on the pipeline and other natural gas infrastructure projects.

On June 11, the administration can hear directly from us in Greenfield, where the DPU is holding its only hearing scheduled for western Massachusetts that could influence the fate of this pipeline.

This hearing is specifically to gather public comments on Berkshire Gas’ request for approval of a contract to reserve space on the NED pipeline. If Kinder Morgan lines up enough of these contracts with state approval, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is likely to look favorably upon the project. We must demand that these contracts be subject to rigorous scrutiny and that all costs, impacts and alternatives are thoroughly examined.
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Sign Up with PLAN-NE
to help us get intervenorship on this and other dockets. It will give us the ability to legally challenge this application, but we need as many actual customers as possible. Businesses are especially valuable, so talk to anyone you know.
» PLAN-NE Info Page
» PLAN-NE Sign-Up Page

And please » DONATE « to this expensive legal process of trying to gain legal representation for the people of MA and NH!
It's all in the name of making the US an energy exporter. Eco-writer and longtime activist Mina Hamilton reveals the "brilliant tactic" that makes a mockery of the permitting process for natural gas exports.

Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals:
Another Sick Link in the Fossil Fuel Economy?

It's a brilliant tactic, perfectly legal and makes a few tremendously wealthy guys even more so.  Meanwhile, homeowners, small farms, schools, state forests,  rivers and water supplies get trashed by high-pressure gas pipelines and multiple, highly-polluting compressor stations.  

Here's how it works:  A privately-held company hires high-powered lawyers for the extensive paperwork to get a liquefied natural gas - LNG - terminal and gas export application through US and/or Canadian regulatory agencies.

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Bear Head Export Terminal's application in with the DOE
Comment Deadline is June 15, 2015

» See application and link to comment here. Comment deadline is June 15.
View selected comments on this same page on Pieridae's application for ideas on what to say. Sample comments selected range from comprehensive and complex down to simple and to the point.

Help fight the Baker Administration's new proposal 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 June 15; no hearing date set yet.

» See our Act Now page to learn how to participate in all these proceedings 
Your submitted comments and/or participation in the hearings need not be technical or complex to be effective!
Not in Anyone's Back Yard Sales

Today's sale in Cummington was such a success, they're continuing tomorrow (Sunday, June 6). Come on down, find a bargain and help fight the pipeline!
Sunday, June 6th
790 Berkshire Trail (Rte. 9 at Packard Rd.)
Cummington, MA • 9am – 3 pm

» See Dates and locations for more upcoming Sales near you!

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