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Kinder Morgan Pre-Files with FERC for Northeast Energy Direct

Kinder Morgan prefiled with FERC for the Northeast Energy Direct project. Among the 24 files in their application are many new maps with much more information than they've been sharing up until now. Additional compressor stations are now confirmed to be slated for Canaan, NY, and in Conway and Townsend, MA. Meter stations are identified as well. Documents "Appendix D" to the application are classified as "privileged" information and subject to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. We're working with MassPLAN to find a way to obtain this information. If you have previous experience in this, please contact Katy at info@massplan.org.

We're still processing all this information, but it's now available for viewing on No Fracked Gas in Mass.
» TGP's Northeast Energy Direct FERC documents
» County by County impacts drawn from TGP's application
» Info on How to Use FERC's website

All these sections will be growing and filling out over the next week or two as things progress and we learn more from the documents filed.

FERC's comment period may not have started yet, so comments filed may not show up until then, but they are accepting comments if you feel the urge to file right away. We suggest looking over the application materials and getting a sense of the details of the project now available. See what other questions you have about the project and use your comments to ask FERC to demand answers to them.

This is just the beginning of the FERC process. There will be Open House meetings with Kinder Morgan in each affected town and "Scoping Meetings" with FERC officials in each affected town. After a period of review, Kinder Morgan / TGP will then file their formal application. This allows another comment period and also the ability to register as an intervenor

This is the start of a long process ~ More to come!

 

Call on Legislature to back Article 97!
 
We need a minimum of 14 State Senators and 54 State Reps to promise to protect Article 97 lands from the NED pipeline. To gain access to our public lands, Kinder Morgan needs 2/3 of the Legislature to vote to override the Mass. State Constitution's Article 97 which defends our open spaces and protected lands.
We have some who have already vowed to uphold the Constitution, but need more to vote down this request when it comes up. Kinder Morgan's stance on this issue when asked was, "we've never had any problem getting access". Let's make sure this time is a first.

As of September 8th, every Legislator has a copy of our quick-fact info sheet AND "Burden of Proof", our 30-page research paper on the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Several dedicated volunteers from went to the State House and delivered them in person to every single office. With Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas Pipeline likely to pre-file soon, it's more important than ever to follow up and let them know this is important info and there is lots of opposition!

Please contact your own State Senator and State Representative and choose several others not from your district. (If you're in Berkshire or Hampshire Co. your legislators are on board, so reach out to others!):
— Ask them if they've read those materials
— Ask them where they stand on the pipeline issue
— Tell them to defend Article 97 of the State Constitution
— Ask them to become an Intervenor in the FERC approval process to protect the interests of their constituents

Contact legislators NOT along the pipeline route
Many of the legislators along the route are already with us, but we need as many OTHER legislators as possible to be informed of the issues and persuaded that this project would be disastrous for the state’s economy and energy portfolio. Please reach out to friends and relatives out east and in other parts of the state so that those Legislators are hearing from their own constituents. If you don’t have connections in those districts, contact those Legislators anyway! If you’re looking Legislators for a particular town, you can type it in here under “Find a Legislator” and this page pulls up their contact info – great for targeted regional action.
» All State Senators
» All State Representatives

Here are links to the major committees who would have sway over these issues. These would be key people to contact first, but definitely feel free to contact more:
» Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
» Joint Committee on Ways and Means
»
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture



Kinder Morgan at two Berkshire events this week
WEDNESDAY
The informational session at Lenox Town Hall on Wednesday at 10 a.m. was organized by Berkshire Garden Club member Mary Taylor. Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan, is scheduled to attend. Other participants include Lenox Select Board Chairman Channing Gibson, Narain Schroeder, director of land conservation for the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Jane Winn, executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Rosemary Wessel, co-founder of the opposition group "No Fracked Gas in Massachusetts."

THURSDAY
Since parts of eight Berkshire communities -- Richmond, Lenox, Washington, Pittsfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Windsor and Peru -- lie along the potential pipeline path, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is holding an informational session on Thursday evening.

While the general public is invited to attend and listen, a BRPC announcement stated, the 6 p.m. session at Berkshire Community College's Koussevitzky Auditorium moderated by Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless is not a formal public hearing.

Kinder Morgan officials are scheduled to make their case during the first hour, followed by a presentation from a representative of the Conservation Law Foundation. The environmental advocacy group has criticized Massachusetts and the other New England state governments that have supported the pipeline proposal for lack of transparency.

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32 Municipalities have
resolutions against the pipeline!


More and more towns and cities are passing resolutions to ban new pipelines and promote community rights. As of September 9, we have 32 that have passed (actually 34 out of 34 votes - two towns have more than one). More towns are working on them - even as far from the pipeline route as Brookline, MA!

See the list of towns and cities that have passed a resolution, and if yours doesn't have one yet, get one going! The pipeline route is not solid yet. It could change radically as they go through the application process, so get your town's stance in order and stand with others that have said no.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 16 — ASHFIELD

Free screening of “Disruption. Climate Change.”
We’ll get together to watch the new movie, “Disruption”, and have a discussion about what we can all do to fight climate change. We will show the film (one hour, produced by 350.org) on a six foot wide screen in the main meeting hall, handicapped accessible.
This a chance to learn about climate disruption and connect with others to discuss actions we might take.  Join us!
7:00 PM
Ashfield Congregational Church
429 Main St.
Ashfield, MA


TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 16 — HAWLEY
Senator Downing & Rep. Mark bringing Coffee & Conversation to Hawley. Meet your legislative delegation – two of the legislative opponents of the pipeline! ; all are welcome. State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces that his September Coffee & Conversation forum will be held at the Hawley Town Office.
In order to be accessible to all his constituents, no matter where they live, Senator Downing hosts at least 10 Coffee & Conversation open forums in rotating towns across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district. This month, Downing will be joined by his colleague State Representative Paul Mark (D- Peru) who represents the 16 communities of the 2nd Berkshire House District, including Hawley.
All are welcome to join the Senator, Rep. Mark and their district staff to pose a question, submit a comment or pitch an idea regarding state government. Downing provides free coffee and refreshments for those who attend.
For more details on the Senator’s Coffee & Conversation program, please visit Downing’s online office at www.SenatorDowning.com and click on “Upcoming Events.”
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Hawley Town Office
8 Pudding Hollow Road
Hawley, MA

 

WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 17 — LENOX
Pipeline Panel Discussion – The Berkshire GC September 17th meeting on the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline is now open to the public.  To accommodate more attendees this public forum will now be held at the Lenox Town Hall.  The panel of speakers will be the Lenox Head Selectman, the Lenox Town Manager, and representatives from “Green Berkshires”, “Berkshire National Resources”, Berkshire Gas Company and Kinder-Morgan. is now open to the public.  To accommodate more attendees this public forum will now be held at the Lenox Town Hall.  The panel of speakers will be the Lenox Head Selectman, the Lenox Town Manager, and representatives from “Berkshire Environmental Action Team”, “No Fracked Gas in Mass”, “Green Berkshires”, “Berkshire National Resources”, Berkshire Gas Company and Kinder-Morgan.
10:00 AM
Town Hall
Lenox, MA

 

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 18 — PITTSFIELD
BRPC
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission meeting with Kinder Morgan and Conservation Law Foundation.   BRPC will be hosting both Kinder Morgan representatives and a representative from the Conservation Law Foundation at a Commission meeting.  This will be a public meeting and the public is welcome to attend and listen but this will not be a public hearing, rather an opportunity for the Commission members to become more informed regarding Kinder Morgan’s plans and be better educated regarding both the need for the pipeline and the federal permitting process which such a project entails.
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Koussevitzky Auditorium
Berkshire Community College

SATURDAY — SEPTEMBER 20 — HOLLIS, NH
Hollis Special Town Meeting/Vote – Fourteen articles to be voted on regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.
» Full Text Here
9:00 am
Hollis/Brookline High School

SATURDAY — OCTOBER 18 — STATEWIDE!!!
Statewide Yard Sale to Support the Pipeline Movement!
Sales already being planned in:
— Dalton
— Cummington
— Northfield
— Ashburnham
— Townsend
— Groton (probably)
Stay tuned for more details.
Want to hold a sale in your town? Email Emily!

SATURDAY — OCTOBER 25 — NORTHAMPTON
Gaia Star Goddess performance at Academy of Music. Mariam Massaro’s Gaia Star Goddess perfomance, dedicated to the spirit of water, with proceeds to benefit the anti-pipeline movement. Special greeting and introductory statement by Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass.
Pipeline information available before and during the performance. Attendees welcome to come in costume of their favorite deity. Performance to honor the spirit of water, especially the Westfield River which would be threatened by the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 7:30 PM
Academy of Music
274 Main St.
Northampton, MA
Possible pipeline rally being contemplated for 6:00 before the show – Rally confirmation and show ticket details TBA.


SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 15 — WORCESTER
Green Party Convention – Rosemary Wessel of NFGiM will be among the speakers and panelists for pipeline issue presentations and discussions. More speakers still being lined up!
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street
Worcester, MA



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Now that the FERC process has begun, the need for funds for our work is growing. Operational and likely legal assistance expenses are starting to crop up, and any donation, large or small, will be going to help us help you and your neighbors across the state, and even some in NY state and NH, as we share advice and strategies with people along the pipeline route there.

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