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Inspectio ad infinitum
As seen in a few instances last year on the old pipeline route, the relentless drive to survey is again rearing its head, now that the snow pack is dwindling.  With cases of surveying on properties that had expressly denied permission cropping up in the past week in at least two different regions of the pipeline (recent articles from Plainfield and Townsend), it's time to prepare.

Active surveying on land where they've received permission has been happening already. A notable turn of events is contained in Kinder Morgan's recent filings with FERC, revealing that they only have permission to survey 10% of the route in New Hampshire.  If you've previously given permission and have since changed your mind, it's important to Rescind Permission as soon as possible.

Here's our latest page of info on how to protect your property from a bad case of "Inspectio ad infinitum" (the infinite drive to inspect) and what to do if it falls prey.

» Dealing with Surveys
 


ISO New England Proves No Need for Pipeline Expansion
(without really meaning to)


With a simple change in ISO's Winter Reliability Program, wholesale energy prices remain normal, even during the coldest February on record.

The Final Word on Winter in New England’s Energy Markets,
Part I: The Difference a Year Makes


Mar 24, 2015
by Christophe Courchesne, Conservation Law Foundation


With the sap finally running, the snow slowly melting, and the vernal equinox past, it’s time to look back on winter in the New England energy markets. Despite dire predictions and some of the worst winter weather on record, there wasn’t a crisis. Modest market shifts made a huge difference, driving down prices, assuring the lights stayed on, and calling into question the wisdom of the region making big new bets on gas pipelines and transmission infrastructure.

READ MORE ...


StopNED Member Vince Premus offers up his view of ISO New England and the call for more pipeline in CommonWealth Magazine. Rarely is so much technical data so understandable.

Gordon Van Welie, do your job

LNG makes pipeline expansion unnecessary

by Vince Premus, April 3, 2015

The way the gas-electric market works, generators that do not commit to long-term contracts with their suppliers are lower on the priority list than local distribution companies that commit to firm supply contracts for gas to heat people’s homes. What this means is that electricity price spikes in winter have much more to do with market practice than pipeline constraints, especially given that the same winter price spikes have been observed in parts of the United States where supply and access to natural gas is abundant.

If you were to add up all of the gas required to get through the so called “peak-shaving” intervals during the course of one year, it is estimated to total on the order of 5-10 bcf, or about 1 percent of the region’s annual natural gas consumption—roughly the equivalent of one or two LNG tankers.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE ...
 


Quaker Pipeline Pilgrimage Continues!

Walking along the pipeline route from Pittsfield to Dracut

Sunday, April 5
Meeting Place:
Shintaido Farm Retreat Center,
595 River Rd, Deerfield, MA
Meeting Time: 8:00am

End Point and Community Passover Seder Potluck (6:00pm):
All Souls Unitarian Church,
399 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Total Mileage: 5 miles

Monday, April 6
Meeting Place:
All Souls Unitarian Church,
399 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Meeting Time: 8:00am

End Point and Potluck Location (6:30pm):
United Church of Winchester,
99 Main St, Winchester, NH 03470
Total Mileage: 19 miles

Tuesday, April 7
Meeting Place:
United Church of Winchester,
99 Main St, Winchester, NH 03470
Meeting Time: 8:00am
End Point:
Fitzwilliam Inn,
62 New Hampshire 119 W,
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Total Mileage: 14 miles

Wednesday, April 8
Meeting Point:
Fitzwilliam Inn,
62 New Hampshire 119 W,
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447
Meeting Time: 8:00am

End Point:
TBA in New Ipswich, NH
Total Mileage: 18 miles

Thursday, April 9
Meeting Point:
TBA in New Ipswich, NH
Meeting Time: 8:00a.m.
End Point and Potluck Location (6:30pm):
Unitarian Universalist Church,
20 Elm St, Milford, NH 03055
Total Mileage: 15 miles

Friday, April 10
Meeting Point:
Unitarian Universalist Church,
20 Elm St, Milford, NH 03055
Meeting Time: 8:00am
End Point and Potluck Location (6:30pm):
First Church of Nashua,
1 Concord St, Nashua, NH 03063
Total Mileage: 11 miles

Saturday, April 11
Meeting Point:
First Church of Nashua,
1 Concord St, Nashua, NH 03063
Meeting Time: 8:00am
End Point and Potluck Location (6:30pm):
First Congregational Church,
3 Main St, Pelham, NH

Total Mileage: 9 miles

Sunday, April 12
Meeting Point:
First Congregational Church,
3 Main St, Pelham, NH
Meeting Time: 8:00am

End Point:
TBA in Dracut, MA
Total Mileage: 5 miles

» Visit the Pilgrimage website!
» Hear WAMC's report

Run Away to the FERCus

This May, hundreds are planning to run away to join the FERCus in Washington DC. No Fracked Gas in Mass has been just one of many grassroots organizations keeping tabs on the plans for protests at FERC being organized by Beyond Extreme Energy (aka BXE). Rose had the pleasure of teaming up with BXE's Jimmy Betts on The Enviro Show on WMCB-FM to talk about FERC and the upcoming action. As with last year's actions, they are making it easy to participate: providing clear information and training for this action, providing options for different levels of involvement, help with housing and meals, and offering RideShare opportunities to get there.

From Beyond Extreme Energy's site:



"We need YOU. And your friends, too. FERC says its mission is to provide safe, efficient, sustainable energy for the country. It is failing on all counts. We want FERC to fulfill its mission and to make decisions based on what’s best for all of us instead of the fracked-gas industry. If you agree that now is time to step up, please sign up here.

This time, we are coming to DC with a nine-point plan to change FERC from a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry into a leader in the urgent, civilizational task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to energy efficiency and renewable energy as rapidly as possible."



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Kinder Morgan filed its Environmental Report
on March 13


We've uploaded them and listed them with readable titles and some moderate indexing to help you find your area of interest:
» RESOURCE REPORT PAGE

As with previous filings, these are VERY large files with lots of large maps. Some will take several minutes to load in your browser, so please give them time.

Upcoming Events on our site
 



From the director of MassPLAN:

A few months ago, MassPLAN retained energy and regulatory attorney Richard Kanoff, of the Boston-based firm Burns & Levinson LLP, to assist in our efforts to stop the proposed Kinder Morgan NED project. Mr. Kanoff served as an assistant attorney general for Massachusetts specializing in energy matters. His experience encompasses all aspects of energy law, with a focus on renewable energy in recent years. He has been involved in numerous proceedings before FERC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and has also appeared before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.

We are now able to use legal and technical experts to question the business case that Kinder Morgan and their possible customers are making for this pipeline.  This comes at a time when Kinder Morgan is teetering on the edge of commercial viability for the project. We have the chance to stop it at that level — if we have sufficient funds to challenge them!

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS EFFORT.
Please spread the word that the legal proceedings will be costly -- and every dollar will help and be used wisely. 

Information on how to donate is available at massplan.org/donate -- checks can be made out to our fiscal sponsor, BEAT, with MassPLAN Legal Fund in the memo line. Mail to Berkshire Environmental Action Team, 29 Highland Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, 01201.

Your support and all of your efforts to help stop the pipeline are deeply appreciated.

Thank you,
Katy


Kathryn R. Eiseman, Director
Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
MassPLAN.org
(413) 320-0747

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